Project Opera

Project Opera is Minnesota Opera’s youth training program for talented young singers. The group performs one opera a year that is for kids and by kids. Project Opera students also serve as the children’s chorus in Minnesota Opera main stage productions.

This season features a fully-staged opera, The Nightingale, February 10 & 11, and performance opportunities in the children’s chorus for La Bohème.

Minnesota Opera is looking for all talented boys and girls who want to learn about singing, acting, and opera.

The Ensembles

  • Ragazzi is a mixed group of talented singers in grades 4-8. They explore the world of opera and choral music, develop skills in multi-part singing, and the basics in performing in foreign languages.
  • Giovani is a mixed group made up of students in grades 9-12 who perform primarily in a choral music setting. Participants develop the fundamentals of solo singing, basic acting skills and perform in the chorus of an age-appropriate opera in the spring with the Apprentices.
  • Apprentices, for advanced students in grade 12 to develop skills in solo singing, stage presence, advanced language skills, and more.

Participants work closely with Minnesota Opera and other local artists.

  • Ragazzi – Saturdays (9am-12pm)
  • Giovani – Saturdays (9am-12pm)
  • Apprentices – Saturday (12:30-2:30pm)

Please note that rehearsal times may change throughout the year, and may include weekend and weekday evening rehearsals. A complete schedule will be sent upon request.

The Project Opera season starts in September and runs through May and generally follows the school calendar.
Participation is by audition only. For more information, please email Music Director Matthew Abernathy at

Live auditions for Project Opera will be held Wednesday, August 17 (4-5pm) and Wednesday, August 31 (4-5pm).


  • Ragazzi: $1,000
  • Giovani: $1,000
  • Apprentices: $1,400

Scholarships and fundraising are available.
Be a part of one of the most exciting and unique programs in the country!