Classroom Materials

These TEKS-aligned classroom materials are designed to supplement our education programming, and to help you turn opera into a learning opportunity for your students.

The curriculum files are provided in Adobe PDF format. To print, simply open and print. To download, right-click the link and choose Save or Download (or similar). If you have any problems or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at education@dallasopera.org or by calling 214.443.1082.

Opera 101 PDF


The Billy Goats Gruff

adapted by John Davies

Music Samples

Music samples of the characters are available at Opera Tales.


Bastien and Bastienne

W.A. Mozart

Music Samples

Note: The below excerpts are in German. The Dallas Opera’s production will be performed in English. For English translations, please refer to Music II lesson.

      • Bastienne: A young shepherdess; she loves Bastien but is worried he loves another. She turns to Colas for help to win Bastien back.
      • Bastien: Bastienne’s lover; he is distracted by another lady in town but he really loves Bastienne.
      • Colas: The village wise man and magician; he helps Bastienne and Bastien get back together.

Great Scott

Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally

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      • Everything This is a ZIP file that contains all the above.


Tosca

Giacomo Puccini

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      • Everything This is a ZIP file that contains all the above.

Music Samples

      • “Vissi d’arte” In the midst of an uncomfortable conversation with Scarpia about the fate of Tosca’s lover, Tosca sings of the two great driving forces in her life: love and music.
      • “E lucevan le stele” Cavaradossi trades his last possession, a ring, to get a guard to take a letter to the imprisoned Tosca. As he writes the letter, he sings of his love for Tosca and for life.

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Becoming Santa Claus

Mark Adamo 

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      • Everything This is a ZIP file that contains all the above.

 

 


Manon

Jules Massenet

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      • Everything This is a ZIP file that contains all the above.

Music Samples

      • “Adieu, notre petite table” In the midst of an uncomfortable conversation with Scarpia about the fate of Tosca’s lover, Tosca sings of the two great driving forces in her life: love and music.
      • “Je marche…Obeissons” After being separated from Des Grieux, Manon appears in the crowd and tells her admirers about her philosophy to live only for a moment, caring not what happens afterwards. After all, there is little time in youth. One should spend it loving, singing and dancing.

Show Boat

Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II 

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      • Everything This is a ZIP file that contains all the above.

Music Samples

      • “Ol’ Man River” Sung throughout the show by Joe and the boat crew, talks about how the river doesn’t seem to mind the troubles around it, but just keeps rolling along.
      • “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” This song is sung throughout the show, but we first hear it sung by Julie as she warns Magnolia to be careful who she falls in love with, as it’s not so easy to take it back.

 

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