The Lyric is one of the largest providers of arts education and community engagement in the State of Maryland – in schools, in the community and in the theatre. With approximately 100 inclusive events serving over 35,000 people of all ages, The Lyric creates important community building experiences. The staff and part-time faculty are committed to providing educational and outreach programs as well as complimentary dress rehearsal tickets for students for select performances.

Tour one of the longest continuously operating theatres in North America – Maryland’s Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric

Interested in learning more about the historic Lyric –Maryland’s premiere historical, architectural, and cultural performing arts venue. Join us for a complimentary guided tour of The Lyric. This is your opportunity to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour from the stage-house to the box office, from the rehearsal hall to the dressing rooms. Did you know a ballroom dance floor used for events such as the Bachelor’s Cotillion remains beneath the orchestra seating; or where was that scene from House of Cards filmed (that’s right, The Lyric was a part of the hit TV show) – well to answer those questions and to discover more, join us on a tour.

The Lyric/Lyric Opera Baltimore is delighted to announce an exciting and significant opportunity for your talented singers! We are sponsoring an Opera Camp this summer for 25 vocally talented students to take place from July 11th to August 5th here in the Lyric Opera House. This program will be by audition only and completely free of charge to those selected. This program was first implemented in the summer of 2010 and was highly successful in promoting students’ awareness of opera and the vocal and theatrical arts. Our graduates have gone on to major educational institutions and careers.

Daily sessions (Monday through Friday) will last from 9:00am to 3:00pm and will include breakfast and lunch. Campers will receive vocal and dramatic instruction, as well as master classes from professionals in the world of stage management and direction, make-up and wigs, lighting and design, and others. They will also receive field trips to other cultural venues, including the Walters Art Gallery. They will also create, produce and perform an opera on the stage of the Lyric for their final project.

We are looking for Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County and Howard County High School students in grades 9 thru 12 for this program. Potential campers should have vocal aptitude, an interest in opera, movement and theatre, and will need to be able to commit to the entire session, which will last from July 7th to August 5th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. There will be no cost whatsoever to the campers, but they will need to provide their own transportation to and from the theatre. We again have to stress that in order to receive maximum benefit from the program and to ensure its success the campers will have to be able to commit to the entire four week program.

Auditions will be Saturday, April 2th, from 10am-2pm, and Monday, April 4, from 3pm to 5pm, by appointment only at the Lyric Opera House, 110 West Mount Royal Avenue. Students will need to prepare two songs/arias to sing and take part in a brief interview in which they should be prepared to let us know how much they would like to be considered for this opportunity.

Formal auditions have been held.  Camperships are still available.  Please contact Jim Harp at jharp@lyricoperahouse.com or 410-900-1161.

The Lyric Opera House offers various education and outreach programming options for all age groups. Below you will find information on current programs.

Pre-K – 2 (Suggested)

The Opera Bears 
Length: 30 minutes – Audience maximum: 250
“Grizzelina” and “Grizzelino” teach that for humans and bears alike, Opera is a magical way to tell a story!

Puppets & Papageno 
Length: 30 minutes – Audience maximum :250
An interactive presentation featuring large puppets seen simultaneously with the performers. “Tuska” and “Donnertello” learn that while singing solos in the opera is fun, the real joy comes from singing together.

Arias and Adventures
Length: 30 minutes – Audience maximum:250 – Cost:$395
In this delightful introduction to opera, two mysterious characters are imagined into existence and show how a story can be told through singing.


Grades 3-6 (Suggested)

Opera Games!
Length: 45 minutes – Audience maximum:250
What does a singer have to do to be in the opera? How many directors does an opera have? What are “recitatives” and “supernumeraries”? In this highly energetic and interactive show, two singers and a pianist/emcee tell all about what it takes to put an opera together…and more importantly, show just how fun opera is!

Let’s Make An Opera!
Length: 45 minutes – Audience maximum: 250
We’ll provide the music…you provide the plot! Guided by the pianist/emcee, the students learn about opera while creating a brand new story, brought to life in real time by two singers using some of Opera’s greatest arias and duets!

Much Ado about Opera!
Length: 45 minutes – Audience maximum: 250
Between a pianist, a singer, and a secret identity (or two!), students learn that opera is both fun and full of surprises!

The Barber of Baltimore
Length: 45 minutes – Audience maximum: 250
The familiar story of “The Barber of Seville” is updated to Baltimore in the 1960’s. A free thinking woman enlists the aid of the Barber Figaro to help her find her true love. 4 singers and a pianist complement this fully staged and costumed presentation.


Grades 6-12 (Suggested)

Marian Anderson
Length: 45 minutes – Audience maximum: 500
A celebration and tribute to the first African-American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. This program explores the turbulent history of the Civil Rights Movement while presenting the wide variety of styles in Marian Anderson’s repertoire, including spirituals, art songs, and opera excerpts.


Grades 9-12 (Suggested)

A Grand Night for Singing
Length: 45 Minutes – Audience maximum: 300
A collection of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein from five of their most famous musicals: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, King & I and The Sound of Music.  Audience members will not only hear the favorites, but learn interesting facts about the composers and the shows while they are transported back to the Golden Age of music!

Made in America – The American Songbook 
Length: 45 Minutes – Audience maximum: 300
An exploration of the American Songbook featuring composers such as Johnny Mercer, Heusen & Cahn, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Loewe & Lerner and many others.  We will sing all the classic hits of cabaret, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood while learning about the composers and singers that made them famous.

Highlights from Opera and Broadway
Length: 45 Minutes – Audience maximum: 300
A singer and pianist present highlights of Opera and Broadway. Our audience will hear Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart as well as Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as selections from the golden age of operetta.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact James Harp at 410-900-1161 or jharp@lyricoperahouse.com

The Lyric offers Opera programs to Senior Citizen Centers throughout the State of Maryland. These programs are highly successful in bringing entertaining and effective performers to audiences that have great need to hear this music in comfortable and familiar settings. Currently four programs are in place, but other programs can be designed especially to suit the needs of the individual centers. Additionally, children’s programs can be scheduled so that grandchildren can join their grandparents and caregivers in a multi-generational celebration of family and opera. All programs are very interactive with the audience, encouraging participation and activity.

Opera Cares is sponsored in part by Dr. and Mrs. Allan D. Jensen and Verizon.

Our Programs

A Grand Night for Singing
A collection of songs by Rodgers and Hammerstein from five of their most famous musicals: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, King & I and The Sound of Music. Audience members will not only hear the favorites, but learn interesting facts about the composers and the shows while they are transported back to the Golden Age of music!

Made in America – The American Songbook
An exploration of the American Songbook featuring composers such as Johnny Mercer, Heusen & Cahn, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Loewe & Lerner and many others. We will sing all the classic hits of cabaret, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood while learning about the composers and singers that made them famous.

The Fabulous Fifties
The era of cool cats and rock’n’roll will be celebrated by two singers and a pianist whose dancing and vocalism will take you on a trip down memory lane.Anything Goes – The

Music of Cole Porter
One of America’s best loved composers will be featured in this delightful romp through the music and lyrics of this saucy and irrepressible music man. Two performers with acting, singing and dancing skills, accompanied by a jazz pianist, will have your feet tapping as well!

Highlights from Opera and Broadway
A singer and pianist present highlights of Opera and Broadway. Our patrons will hear Puccini, Verdi, and Mozart as well as Gershwin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, as well as selections from the golden age of operetta. We have two different programs available, should you want both of your programs during the year to be of this format.

Holiday Spirit
A singer and pianist present holiday favorites appropriate for December and Christmas celebrations. The cheerful and bright tradition of secular music can be augmented with music from the Christmas tradition. A vibrant sing-a-long concludes this delightful program.

A Special Program
Our singers and pianists can tailor programs to your specific audience. Does your center have a constituency from a particular ethnic group, such as Korean, Italian, or Eastern European? We can put together a program feature music from that genre.

For more information or to schedule a program, please contact James Harp at 410-900-1161 or jharp@lyricoperahouse.com

Opera a la Carte

Is your history class studying a particular era or region? Are you introducing your English students to poetry? Would you enjoy a program featuring the music of George Gershwin and Porgy and Bess? Would your audience love a program of Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites? Our singers and musicians have expertise in a wide variety of musical periods and styles, and we would be happy to create a custom program to meet your needs.

Opera in the Curriculum

Opera in the Curriculum gives teachers an opportunity to enhance classroom learning by bringing students to full, live productions of grand opera after studying the content or context of the piece in class. Teachers of history, English, fine arts, music and foreign language have taken advantage of this opportunity to make opera vital and relevant in a school’s core curriculum.

Education Resources

Master Classes
The Lyric’s expert staff is available to conduct Master Classes with your choir or vocal students.

Perspectives Lectures
To enhance your enjoyment of the opera, respected operaphiles provide insight into the opera’s musical significance, composition, and historical context. This lecture series is presented free of charge to anyone holding a ticket to the performance. Lectures are held in the orchestra section of the Lyric and begin one hour prior to each performance.

Student Dress Rehearsals

A limited number of dress rehearsal passes for Lyric Opera Baltimore’s main stage productions are available to classes and student groups. Dress rehearsals take place at the Lyric with full orchestra, costumes, lighting, and stage effects. All dress rehearsals feature English translations projected above the stage, so you woniss a word.

OperaDocs

The Lyric OperaDocs program creates interest among the medical professions about opera and outreach activities at The Lyric. Dinner is held at The Lyric with fascinating speakers on topical medical/musical themes, ending with attendance at the piano dress rehearsal of each opera. Sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Allan D. Jensen.

For more information please contact James Harp at 410-900-1161 or jharp@lyerahouse.com

College internships are available at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. Interns are expected to contribute a minimum of 20 hours per week during the Internship. The program offers invaluable hands-on training and experience.

The following internships are available for the summer of 2014:

Marketing and Communications Internship (the following are sample duties):

  • Help marketing staff issue tickets that are approved for promotion, trade, sponsorship and institutional purposes.
    Assist in ongoing research projects by compiling data.
  • Write and maintain marketing summaries for upcoming season.
  • Participation in social media efforts, e-mail communications and grass-roots activities.
  • Assist in planning cultivation strategies for various sales avenues.
  • Provide phone coverage (from time to time).
  • Will be given hands-on experience compiling media lists and drafting press releases.

Development Internship (the following are sample duties):

  • Assist in a variety of fundraising campaigns.
  • Participation in prospect research and volunteer management.
  • Compile solicitations, mailing packets and drafting acknowledgement letters.
  • Preparation of materials for Board and committee meetings.
  • Interface with internal and external customers and organizations within the planning and coordination of special events.
  • Will be given hands-on experience in completing grant applications.