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Opera at Your School - Phoenix

Arlyn M. Brewster OperaTunity Program

Performances are designed to be all-school assemblies and performed in your gym, cafeteria, performing arts center, or outside.

  • To perform Cinderella, we must have a space at least 20 ft wide, 12 ft deep, and 10 ft tall.
  • You may reserve up to two performances on the same, or different days.
  • All shows run about 40 minutes, with an additional 10-min Q&A session.
  • Shows are scheduled on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • We will arrive 30 minutes prior to your performance time to set up. 
  • Arizona Opera is prepared to be flexible to accommodate  your current COVID-19 safety policies. All Arizona Opera employees are vaccinated and will be masked. 


COVID-19 Requirements and information:

  • Students must be seated at least 12 ft from performers.
  • Arizona Opera encourages schools to ask their students to wear masks during the performance. 
  • Outside performances are available to allow for socially distanced performances!
  • If you would like to schedule more than two performances for social distancing reasons, we can accommodate more than two performances.
  • You can cancel your performance at any time due to COVID-19 related issues.

Cinderella: A Fairytale Opera

An adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Massenet’s Cendrillon.

Cinderella Set
Photo by Tim Trumble Photography

Offered: January 17 - May 13, 2022
Grade Level: K - 5
Cost: FREE for Title 1 Schools
$400 for one performance
$600 for two back-to-back performances

Transport your students to the magical world where Cinderella resides! Join Cinderella as she overcomes the bullying of her evil step-sisters and finds her Prince Charming with a little help from a special fairy along the way. With colorful characters and melodies, this classic fairytale story will teach your students the morals of kindness towards all, forgiving others, and never letting a bad thing ruin your heart. This production is a 35-minute adaptation from La Cenerentola, by Gioachino Rossini, and Cendrillon by Jules Massenet. Study guides are available to enhance classroom learning.


Who Wants to be an Opera Star!

Cinderella Set

Offered: January 17 - May 13, 2022
Grade Level: K - 6
Cost: FREE for Title 1 Schools
$400 for one performance
$600 for two back-to-back performances

This popular, 35-minute program presents a fun, engaging operatic crash-course to students. Through its gameshow style format, the performance runs through a series of questions and competitions between each opera performer and voice type. Students will learn about the different voice types, arias, and participate in the interactive aspects of the performance!


Opera 101: The Crash Course

Offered: January 17 - May 13, 2022
Grade Level: 5-8
Cost: FREE for Title 1 Schools
$400 for one performance
$600 for two back-to-back performances

New to opera? This informational crash-course performance will teach your students everything they need to know about opera, while presenting opera’s greatest musical moments in their original language. Students will leave this informational performance ready to attend our next performance!

Dr. Miriam Schildkret, PN1, mezzo-soprano

Dr. Miriam Schildkret, pn1, mezzo-soprano

This Miriam's fourth season as a Teaching Artist; She has performed Third Lady/Queen of the Night/Papagena (The Mini-Magic Flute), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), and The Sea Witch (Rusalka: The Littlest Mermaid). Most recently, Miriam covered the role of Cherubino in Arizona Opera's production of The Marriage of Figaro. Other favorite roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), and Kate (Owen Wingrave). Miriam was featured in the Arizona PBS series Desert Canvas, a collection of stories about local artists and their impact on the community, and was also a speaker with TEDx Scottsdale Women.



Jennifer Hoppe

Jennifer Hoppe, pianist

Jennifer Hoppe, pianist, is an active vocal coach, teacher and pianist based in Phoenix, Arizona. Since moving to Phoenix in 2013, Ms. Hoppe has worked as a pianist with the Arizona Opera Orchestra and also as principal pianist of the Phoenix Boys Choir. In the winter of 2016 she was on coaching staff at Opera Works in Los Angeles, California. From 2010-2015, Ms. Hoppe was on the Metropolitan Opera staff as a score consultant for their "Live in HD" Series. In the same period, she joined the staff of the Dallas Opera for their production of Romeo and Juliet.  During her 15 years in New York City, Ms. Hoppe maintained a private coaching studio and was also on the music staffs of the Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Tulsa Opera and Glimmerglass Opera. She has also taught at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Westchester Summer Vocal Arts Institute and the Intermezzo Young Artist Development Program.

Ms. Hoppe, previously an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix has also been an adjunct professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education and has been on staff at the Mannes College of Music. She has also been a performer on the Tuesday Musical Concert Series in Omaha Nebraska, the Donnell Library Concert Series and the MOSA Concert Series in NYC, the Tappen Zee Music Festival and the Town and Gown Concert Series in New Jersey. In 2006 and 2007 she was heard on the Joey Reynolds Show, WOR Radio, NY, with Dicapo Opera Theatre.

Ms. Hoppe presently runs Jennifer Hoppe Studios, her own private voice and piano studio in Phoenix, Arizona.  Ms. Hoppe holds Master of Music Degrees in Collaborative Piano and Vocal Performance from Arizona State University and the University of Connecticut, respectively.


Mauricio Perusquia

Mauricio Perusquia, Baritone

Mauricio Perusquia, baritone, holds an MM in Opera Performance from Arizona State University and a BM in Voice Performance from the University of Texas at El Paso. He has engaged in many new Opera works such as Arizona Opera’s Silent Night and the New Works reading of the jazz interactive opera, Marie Begins, as well as concert works such as Cipher. With ASU’s Music Theatre and Opera, Mauricio performed the roles of Frank in Street Scene, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi as well as participating in many productions including Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein’s Mass. He has also performed many roles with Gilbert and Sullivan Company of El Paso for which he is on the board of directors, and is a past Joan Quarm Scholarship winner. Mauricio is a proud alumnus of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a former member of First Presbyterian Church of El Paso’s scholarship singer program, and a current Valley Singer at Valley Presbyterian Church.


Helen Hendricks

Helen Hendricks, Soprano

Coloratura Helen Hendricks is a native of Phoenix Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance in 2021. For the last three years Ms. Hendricks has been studying with the globally renowned baritone, Gordon Hawkins. While at ASU she appeared in the 2021 production of Hansel und Grëtel as the Dew Fairy, and the 2019 production of Suor Angelica as Suor Clarlario. In addition to her Operatic engagements, Ms. Hendricks has thoroughly enjoyed working for the Mystery Mansion Dinner Theatre playing the role of Fanny Fanciful. Ms. Hendricks has a strong affection for the music of Strauss, Verdi, Donizetti, Mozart, and Massenet. When she is not learning roles, Helen enjoys learning new languages and spending time with her lovely cat, Mendelssohn. To stay up to date with Helen’s latest recordings and performances you can find her online at or follow her instagram account @helen.hendricks.soprano.




Joshua Borths, writer

Joshua Borths, Writer (

Joshua Borths is a stage director, writer, educator, and administrator with over a decade of experience in the opera industry.

Originally from Cincinnati, OH, Borths currently works with Des Moines Metro Opera and Virginia opera after having served as the Director of Opera & Musical Theater and Professor of Music History at Capital University in Columbus, OH and as Director of Education at Arizona Opera. His children's opera adaptations have been seen by hundreds of thousands of students across the country, and he is a frequent guest lecturer.

At Capital University, Borths produced and managed all of the opera and musical theatre programming while also serving as the Professor of Music History. Additionally, he created a joint Resident Artist Program with Opera Columbus creating innovative programming for both institutions. With Arizona Opera, Borths more than doubled the reach and scope of the department through innovative programming and cultural engagement.

As an educator, Borths has taught at Shenandoah University, been a Visiting Professor at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam), directed Maryland Opera Studio, and been guest panelist at the Opera America Conference. He collaborated with TED Ed on their first opera resources and was featured in Opera News for his innovative approach to opera education.


Arizona Opera’s Department of Education and Community Engagement programs are made possible through the support of: Karen Fruen, The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, Dr. Rex Brewster, Invest in Kids Charitable Gift Fund, The Ted Stephan Teaching Artist Endowment Fund, The Moreno Family Foundation, The Arizona Republic, Fillman Gorin Fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The City of Peoria, and Desert Diamond Casino West Valley.