Children’s Traveling Opera (CTO)

Children’s Traveling Opera

Children’s Traveling Opera (CTO) is an award winning and nationally renowned program providing students in grades 3-6 with the opportunity to participate in their own mini-opera production. The program has evolved since its inception in 1973. Over the years, the program has produced popular shows such as George Bizet’s beloved Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Beginning in the spring of 2022, Children’s Traveling Opera will offer Gioachino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville for elementary school students in the Greater Miami Valley area. At the schools visited by the Guild production, students are selected to pantomime and act various roles with a professional singer and a keyboard accompanist. Volunteers from the Guild coach the young actors backstage as the plot progresses. The program concept is unique among opera education programs presented across the nation. A good study guide for this opera is offered by the Utah Shakespeare Festival at their site. Click here to view it.

Carmen, Barber

To arrange for your school to have this program, call Linda Rountree at 937/429-1503.

Here are a few letters from children who have participated in CTO in the past.