In school Programming


Contact William Manning Mouat, New Orleans Opera Director of Education, at 504-267-9535, or e-mail to to book any of the three programs listed below at your school, church or community center. You may also contact Young Audiences at 504-523-3525.


Opera a la Carte


September 2017 through May 2018 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability

Two singer/actors invite students to join them onstage during our lively 40-minute journey through opera’s “greatest hits.” Using famous excerpts from The Barber of Seville, Carmen, Hansel and Gretel, Il Trovatore and The Magic Flute, we explore the history of opera, foreign language terms, and even career opportunities. Best of all, MetroPelican’s most popular offering proves that opera can be FUN!
Grades pre-K – 5


Little Red Ridding Hood


September 2017 through May 2018 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability
Little Red Riding Hood by Seymour Barab is designed for schoolchildren, but it also contains humor that parents and teachers will appreciate. The Wolf, the Woodsman, Mother and Grandmother are hilarious, operatic commedia dell’arte versions of the classic storybook characters. The title character is wise beyond her years and has a LOT of surprises in store for the not-so-wily wolf.
Grades pre-K through 6/Family groups


Hansel and Gretel


September 2017 through May 2018 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability

Our delightful 45-minute version of this classic favorite has already introduced thousands of children to opera and continues to enchant new audiences. The fully staged and costumed reenactment of the Brothers Grimm’ fairytale is perfect for the holidays or any other time of the year.
Grades pre-K – 5/Family groups


A Celebration in Song


February 2018 (Black History Month) primarily, but available September 2017 through May 2018 – bookings dependent on artists’ availability.
This engaging program is designed to coordinate with Black History Month. All ages will delight in the kaleidoscope of African songs, storytelling, poetry, spirituals and selections from both the Broadway stage and opera. Grades pre-K – 12/Adults



MetroPelican Opera, the education/outreach wing of the New Orleans Opera Association, was founded in 1988 by Arthur Cosenza. He chose Metro to represent the 7-parish population base of New Orleans, and Pelican for the state bird. MetroPelican has subsequently toured throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.


MetroPelican introduces students to the opera with in-school programming and free Student Previews.


2017-2018 MetroPelican prices, grade levels and availabilities are subject to change.