Prelude Opera

Opera for children

Thank you to everyone who came to “Fairy Tales in Opera” in November 2023. Stay tuned for news about upcoming projects!

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house.

Maria Callas

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Opera has connected people throughout history as a medium for human expression and inspiration across cultures. Diverse stories from around the globe are told through music – using the human voice as the primary instrument – to inspire healing, hope and wonder. The mission of Prelude Opera is to introduce opera to children. Research shows that learning about music at a young age contributes significantly to childhood growth and academic achievement. Prelude Opera provides opportunities for children to experience accessible live performances while keeping ticket costs low and affordable for families of all socio-economic backgrounds. Based in the culturally rich neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City, Prelude Opera presents family events for the local and broader community. Performing works by both historical and loving composers, Prelude’s family-friendly operas use colorful costumes and scenery, presented in neighborhood venues. The performances employ local talented professional artists and are supported by local institutions and opera fans. My vision is for Prelude Opera to be a prelude to a lifelong enjoyment of the transformative experience of opera.

Christine Pulliam Melamed

Christine Pulliam Melamed founded Prelude Opera in 2017 with the production of Three Little Pigs. As an opera coach and director, she has worked for the Atlantic Music Festival, Masterworks Festival, Opera Company of Brooklyn and Dramma per Musica.  A piano instructor since 1994, she was previously on the piano faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. and currently teaches piano and music history at The King’s College.  Past solo and chamber performances include the Opus Nine Ensemble, The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, and Malacañang Palace in the Philippines. A fan of new music, she has premiered piano works by Frank Felice and Benjamin C. S. Boyle and an operetta by Joshua Bornfield. A native of Indianapolis, Ms. Melamed graduated from Butler University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and minor in journalism. She received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland and a Master of Music in collaborative piano from The Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.

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Explore Our Past Operas

The Magic Flute

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The Magic Flute was produced by Prelude Opera in 2022. The production featured the time-honored opera by W.A Mozart, reimagined in Roger Brunyate’s charming adaptation for children.

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood was produced by Prelude Opera in 2021. This classic by Seymour Barab was performed in Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan and streamed online.

The Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is an arrangement by John Davies and was performed by Prelude Opera in 2019. A fun-filled, short family-friendly opera, it uses famous opera tunes by Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs was produced by Prelude Opera in 2017. The opera by John Davies incorporates famous arias and ensembles from Mozart operas.

Prelude Opera is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Tax ID# 99-0828923.