Opera for Kids, Opera in the Classroom, & The Dicapo Children's Chorus

Opera for Kids

All Saturday and Sunday "Opera for Kids" performances begin at 11:00 AM!

Introduction to Italian Opera: Oct 26 & 27, 2013 Tickets
La Boheme: Nov 16 & 17, 2013 Tickets
Beauty & the Beast: Jan 18 & 19, 2014 Tickets
Gianni Schicchi: Feb 8 & 9, 2014 Tickets
La Cenerentola: Mar 8 & 9, 2014 Tickets
L’elisir D’amore: Apr 5 & 6, 2014 Tickets

Dicapo Opera Theatre will continue its popular “Opera for Kids” series of Saturday(11AM) and Sunday(11 AM) family presentations throughout the 2013-2014 season. Mr. Capasso introduces children to the fundamentals of opera and each of the selected scenes is sung by Dicapo’s Resident Artists in costume and with sets to the accompaniment of a piano. Either before the performance or between key events Mr. Capasso elucidates the plot, hints at the complexities of the theatre’s stagecraft, and fires children’s imagination with a taste of grit and magic. The secret to the success of these presentations lies in the fact that Mr. Capasso and his performers never resort to over-simplification. After each performance the children participate in a lively exchange with the singers and crew and are able to ask questions about what they’ve just seen and how things get done. The company’s highly popular one-hour “Opera for Kids” presentations, led with great flair by Mr. Capasso, are aimed at children four years old and up.


Opera in the Classroom

All Opera in the Classroom performances begin at 11:00 AM

Opera for Kids: Since 2003 we have offered performances for kids in school-time or on weekends via 1-hour abridged versions of mainstage productions and favorites. As a part of each OFK performance, General Director, Michael Capasso provided narration and explanation of plots, proper terms to describe singers, explained how sets change between acts and lead Q&A sessions which gave the kids a special opportunity to meet the singers and ask questions about the show.

  1. Creation and Participation:
    The hands-on participation of these projects is developed to allow students to get an artistic and technical eye view of various aspects of the production.
  2. Student Performance:
    With the insight and perspective gained in the preparatory study, students are able to view the production and see how the artistic and technical team has approached the themes, characterizations and aesthetics of the actual finished project.
  3. Assessment of Program:
    Students and teachers in conjunction with the staff, review and assess their experiences providing valuable insight for continual improvement of the Education Program in its ability to meet the changing needs of both teachers and students.
  4. Measuring Quality:
    One of the duties of our Education Director has been to measure the goals of our program.
    • Libretto
    • Synopsis
    • Suggested themes for study
    • Performance history of opera
    • Fact sheet on the basis of opera
    • Bibliography and discography

For all inquiries, please email Opera in the Classroom.
email Opera in the Classroom


Dicapo Children's Chorus


Created in 1982 by Dicapo Opera Theatre's co-founder and artistic director, Diane Martindale, the Dicapo Children's Chorus (DCC) offers boys and girls, ages 8-16, the opportunity to pursue their passion to sing, dance, and act on the New York stage. Each season, the DCC presents two of its own shows at Dicapo's Theatre on Manhattan's Upper East Side - the Holiday Performance in December and the Spring Performance in May. DCC members also appear in children's roles in Dicapo's professional productions, performing alongside professional directors, conductors, choreographers, musicians, singers, and actors. In the 2012-2013 Season, DCC members will appear in Dicapo's professional production of Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. The DCC has also performed at Lincoln Center, the Little Orchestra Society, the Rathaus Palace in Vienna, and on national television in the Julliard Opera Center's production of Hansel und Gretel on "Live from Lincoln Center."

There is a modest fee to participate in the DCC. Each child is expected to attend the DCC weekly classes (usually on Fridays) from September through May, and, for each production, any additional dress rehearsals held after-school and/or on weekends.

For further details and audition information, please contact DCC Director, Diane Martindale.

Diane Martindale
DCC Director