Opera For Children

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.

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Photos and Videos by Jonathan Rothermel

Artwork by Laura Winslow


Little Red riding Hood

Prelude Opera is excited to announce an upcoming production of a timeless storybook classic, Little Red Riding Hood, a children’s opera composed by Seymour Barab. The first American opera performed in China after the isolationist period has been enjoyed by young audiences since it was composed in 1962. Barab (1921-2014) was a Manhattan resident and has been deemed “the Rossini of our time.”

We received two grants for this production from the Lower Manhattan Community Council. They have graciously allowed us to postpone the performance to 2021. We are now working to finish our fundraising goals in order to live-stream a production and possibly hold an outdoor performance in a park in May 2021. Stay tuned for ways to support this production, including an art sale, T-shirt sale and tax-deductible donations.


The mission of Prelude Opera is to bring opera to children. From Handel to John Adams and the Marriage of Figaro to Einstein on the Beach, operas contain some of the greatest music ever composed. Opera is a powerful artistic medium that brings together music and theater using one of the most fundamental instruments, the human voice. Learning the language of music has proven to play a compelling role in children’s intellectual development and is essential to one’s emotional well-being. Introducing children to opera exposes them to several of the greatest classical composers in the context of storytelling and theater. By enjoying family-friendly opera at a young age, children can develop a lifelong interest in this stunning musical-theatrical experience. My hope is for Prelude Opera to be a prelude to a lifelong enjoyment of opera and classical music.

Christine Pulliam Melamed

Pianist Christine Pulliam Melamed performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and accompanist. Since moving to NYC in 2010, she has developed an opera coaching career, working for the Atlantic Music Festival, Masterworks Festival and Opera Company of Brooklyn. As music director of the opera company Dramma per Music, she directed Don Giovanni, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare, and Ariodante. She has instructed piano for 23 years and is currently a lecturer of piano and music history at The King’s College in New York City. Previously, she was on the piano faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington D.C. A fan of new music, she has premiered works by Frank Felice, Benjamin Boyle, and Joshua Bornfield. Past performances also include the Opus Nine Ensemble, Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, the Vancouver International Song Institute, the Kennedy Center of Washington D.C., The Washington Sinfonietta, University of Wisconsin, and Malacañang Palace in the Philippines. A native of Indianapolis, she graduated from Butler University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and minor in journalism. She holds masters degrees from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

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Explore Our Past Operas

The Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is an arrangement by John Davies. A fun-filled, short family-friendly opera, it uses famous opera tunes by Mozart, Rossini and Donizzeti.

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs was produced by Prelude Opera in 2017. Directed by Christine Pulliam Melamed, the opera by John Davies incorporates famous arias and ensembles from Mozart operas.