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Who gets to make and to experience opera? Opera in Action is a course where students explore these questions and pose their own, using a short opera performance as the catalyst for both classroom and community engagement.

This season, Peabody Opera Theatre presents three unique ways to experience Opera in Action throughout the Baltimore region:

Earth to Kenzie

Our first offering of the 2021-22 academic year will be a digital production of Frances Pollock and Jessica Murphy Moo’s delightful new opera EARTH TO KENZIE – a one-act opera with piano accompaniment originally commissioned for Seattle Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Tweenage Kenzie is going through some scary stuff in her life, but she takes comfort in her favorite video game. Composed by Peabody-alumna Frances Pollock, a former teacher in Baltimore public schools, EARTH TO KENZIE will be a unique opportunity to explore the boundaries of online learning as we transition back to in-person events. Schools interested in receiving EARTH TO KENZIE as a set of free online activities and an “opera in a dropbox” toolkit are encouraged to email

Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt

Rhoda is a little girl with a BIG imagination. Based on a true story, Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt explores how science and art are linked through common characteristics of creativity and discovery. Peabody Opera in Action will present six free public performances of this fantastic new opera by John Musto and Eric Einhorn in an exciting new partnership with the Maryland Science Center. Come for the dinosaurs, stay for the opera! Performance dates in February 2022.

Hansel and Gretel

This spring, Opera in Action premieres a new adaptation of this classic tale, scored for five singing-actors and jazz combo. Produced in collaboration with Annapolis Opera, H&G will have several field-trip accessible performances in April and May 2022, with performances in both Baltimore and Annapolis. Schools and groups interested in attending are encouraged to contact as early as possible.