Opera in the Schools
One of the goals of PBO is to continue to provide quality, live, musical educational programs for school-aged children and youth of the Permian Basin through our project "Opera in the Schools."
Opera productions fulfill various elements of specific criteria in the Arts, Music, and Theater sections of the Fine Arts chapter of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. However; none of the criteria include any mention of students observing and actively listening to live
performances of musical presentations.
Probably this is due to the expense involved with making live concerts
and performances available to students since opera is a composite art
form requiring the talents of many people to produce quality productions.
PBO seeks to fill this tremendous void in our students' education.
Our desired outcome of this project is to give students the opportunity to experience opera in a live, entertaining production. This experience will expand their knowledge, and they will develop an appreciation for an art form that they might have missed.
While the "Opera in the Schools" project is costly, we believe the value of the experience for our students is priceless.
Andrews ISD, Bynum School, Ector County ISD, Fort Stockton ISD, Greenwood ISD, Midland ISD, Trinity School
Houston Grand Opera, Texas Tech Children's Opera, Wayland Baptist University
2011 - Texas Tech Children's Opera: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
2012 - Houston Grand Opera: Hansel and Gretel
2013 - Houston Grand Opera: Strega Nona
2014 – Fort Worth Opera: Mythbusters; HOUSTON GRAND OPERA: Cinderella in Spain
2015 - Houston Grand Opera: the Velveteen Rabbit
2016 - Odessa College: The Three Little Pigs, with music from Mozart's The Magic Flute
2017 - Houston Grand Opera: Hansel and Gretel
2018 - Wayland Baptist University: The Three Little Pigs