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Opera is Awesome!

Our education program for high school students gives them tickets to a live opera and prepares them for it. Reviews by students: Awesome. Reviews by teachers: Exceptional.



In January 2022, The Palmetto Opera was hosted by Dr. Beth Mears, Choral Director and Richland Northeast High School Chorus for our in-person workshop, Opera is Awesome! Soprano, Dr. Fran Coleman, Director of Voice and Choral Activities at Francis Marion University collaborated with local tenor, Johnnie Felder to present opera selections highlighting an introduction to this beautiful art form and Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi.

The Palmetto Opera is now accepting signups for spring Opera is Awesome workshops. One of the added benefits of our workshop is that it is designed to not only prepare students for viewing a live performance, but students will also have the opportunity to see our next production, Great Moments in Italian Opera, a concert with full orchestra at The Koger Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 3:00 pm. 75 complimentary tickets will be reserved by sign up for students, their guardians, and any other chaperones that may need to be present.

If you are a music teacher in Columbia and interested in an "Opera is Awesome" workshop for your classes, please contact our Program Director, Mari Hazel at or by calling 803-590-8228.


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