Opera for the Young (OFTY) is a preeminent producer and presenter of opera for children in the United States, and since 1970 we have introduced more than 2.5 million children to opera. OFTY is unique – children’s opera is our sole focus.


Engage and Educate

Engage and educate children about opera with professional, affordable school-based performances


Involve Students

Involve students in all aspects – from design to performance


Professional Opportunities

Provide professional opportunities for artists


Create new works

Create new works especially intended for young audiences


Broaden access

Broaden access to opera for the entire community


OFTY About Us



Opera for the Young

Opera for the Young® brings live, professional opera to elementary school audiences with annual Fall and Spring tours. Students appear onstage in chorus and cameo roles, performing for their peers right alongside OFTY’s professional artists. All productions are fully staged, sung in English and adapted especially for kids.


Opera for the Young® keeps school performances affordable through its own fundraising efforts. We are able to offer our programming at 40% of the actual cost through the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and government funding.

We value your financial support through donations. The fees we charge schools cover only a portion of the costs involved with bringing this magical experience to elementary students. Your donation allows us to keep school fees low and continue building support for arts education and performance.