Nashville Opera On Tour

Nashville Opera, Tennessee’s largest professional opera company, creates artistic experiences that elevate our world. Each year, Nashville Opera’s extensive education and outreach touring program reaches approximately 25,000 students throughout Middle Tennessee.

Nashville Opera On Tour – We’ll come directly to your school with full sets, costumes, four professional opera singers, and a pianist—all members of Nashville Opera’s acclaimed Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program.  Prepare for 40 minutes of opera magic.  This program aligns with Tennessee Curriculum Standards for Music, Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Reading, Writing, History, Social Studies, Math, and Sciences. 

Opera continues to reach the community in spite of COVID-19 – Nashville Opera ON TOUR is usually coming to your school or community, but today we’re delighted to share our latest children’s opera with you right at home! 

Nashville Opera’s All-Access Opera offers evidence-based toolkits for creating special, modified opera performances that bolster accessibility for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other learning differences. It is the first program of its kind in the country to be documented for replication in other communities.

All-Access Opera evolved from a 5-year collaboration with Vanderbilt University’s TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute of Autism Spectrum Disorders), in which supports were developed to enhance Nashville Opera’s annual educational tour to schools. There was anecdotal evidence that these resources—our toolkit—benefited not only children on the spectrum, but also those with other types of learning differences, and Nashville Opera needed hard data to prove it. With an OPERA America Innovation Grant, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Nashville Opera launched an Innovation Project to test and measure the toolkit’s effectiveness.

Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program – In 1995, Nashville Opera established the Mary Ragland Emerging Artist Program, named for Nashville Opera’s founder Mary Cortner Ragland, a Juilliard-trained soprano.  The program provides four or more developing professional singers and one coach/accompanist valuable performances opportunities. Selected from some 400 applicants that audition each season, the Mary Ragland Emerging Artists are in residence for four months. Four singers and one pianist live and work in Nashville.They perform in both Nashville Opera’s largest productions as well as the education tour for the schools of Middle TN.  

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