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Opera at Your School - Tucson

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: September 19 - December 16, 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: September 19 - December 16, 2022
Grade Level: 4th - 8th
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!



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.