In her lifelong career in the world of Opera, Youth Company founder Robin Jensen has put her talents to work in virtually every aspect of the art form. Even still, one pursuit has trumped all others: the opportunity to have a hand in building a powerful future for Opera- for both performers and audience.

When the Florida Opera Theatre (now Opera Orlando) approached Robin with the idea to create a program for pre-professional training in 2011, she jumped at the chance.

So was born the Opera Orlando Youth Company. The heralded program has already produced performers for the new millennium while building the character and artistic appreciation of all who have been a part of it.


The program is designed for aspiring young artists who are interested in Classical Music, Opera and Musical Theatre. Members explore their artistic creativity in a work shop environment and develop their performing powers while practicing and developing healthy vocal habits.

The Opera Orlando Youth Company is currently comprised of two divisions:
Children's Chorus - Elementary School and Middle School Age
Apprentice Company - High School Age


TUITION: $375 per semester


Class Schedule Fall 2017

Monday 4:30-5:45 pm  Elementary and Middle School Youth Chorus

              Monday 5:45-7:00 pm High School Apprentice Singers

             *Saturday 10:00-11:30 am Company Class/Master Classes and Rehearsals

            *time can extend to 1:00 pm for additional rehearsals as needed

Classes are held at Broadway United Methodist Church, 406 E Amelia St, Orlando, FL 32803



Whether a preteen or a teenager, the Opera Orlando Youth Company member receives training in all aspects of the arts of theatre and music. Areas of concentration Include:

  • Acting and singing techniques toward being able to perform in a natural realistic style and delivery.
  • Understanding and practicing singing text in English and foreign languages.
  • Using the voice as a musical instrument- expanding company members’ artistry through creative improvisation and play.
  • Performance training to build self confidence and stage experience toward preparation for college and other professional performing opportunities.  
  • Professional crossover- Singers will have an opportunity to work with professional artists from the opera and music theater genres


Opera Orlando’s Director of Education Robin Jensen takes a holistic approach to the process of building the world of young singers. The process is designed to include an experience that is rich with the sense of team and community- qualities that are often overlooked in conventional education. Being a part of the Opera Orlando Youth Company instills a profound sense of responsibility, accomplishment and pride.


Click HERE to read about our Youth Company Staff



There are various performing opportunities for members of the Opera Orlando Youth Company. For the 2017-2018 Season these include: Brundibár, Opera Orlando season opener La Bohème, Orlando Museum of Art Festival of Trees, Home for the Holidays with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, IMPROV Opera, Opera Orlando’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and other performances TBD.

Brundibár: (Open to everyone auditioning including guest children performers) 


    Music Rehearsals: Saturdays Sept. 9 2017-Sept. 21 2017    10:00-11:30

    Staging Rehearsals: Evenings and Saturday/Sundays TBD Oct. 23-Nov. 3

    Performance: Nov. 5, 2017 2 pm Rosen JCC

Brundibár is an opera written for children. No more than forty minutes long, it was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister, as an entry for a children’s opera competition. It received its premiere in German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at the Jewish Orphanage in Belgicka Street. Brundibár had one additional performance in the Hagibor building before the mass transports of Bohemian and Moravian Jews to Terezín began in 1942. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár  was smuggled into camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks.

Aninka - Female Lead - Age: Early Teens

Pepicek - Male Lead - Age: Early Teens

Brundibar - Male Lead - Age: late teen/adult

A dog - Supporting - Age: any

A cat - Featured - Age: Any 8-18

A sparrow - Featured - Age: Any 8-18

Townspeople Ensemble - Age: Any 8-18

Vedem will be paired with Brundibár, it is a treble chorus composed by Lori Laitman.

La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini

(Only Opera Orlando Youth Company Members will be considered for this production)

Children’s Chorus: Ages 8-15 Treble Voices, Boys and Girls (Must look like a child and be no taller than 5’)

    Music Rehearsals: Saturdays Sept. 9 2017-Sept. 21 2017    10:00-11:30

    Staging Rehearsals: TBD Oct. 26-Nov. 13

    Performances: Nov. 16, 17, 18 and 19

Home For The Holidays with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

(Only Opera Orlando Youth Company Members will be considered for this production)

Rehearsals: Music Rehearsals: Saturdays Sept. 9-Nov. 4 11:30-1:00

Dress Rehearsal: Friday, Nov. 24th (12pm Rehearsal with Maestro; 2pm Orchestra                                Dress #1; 7pm Orchestra Final Dress)

Performances: Saturday, Nov. 25th 2 pm and 8 pm

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Amahl: Young boy treble unchanged voice ages 10-12 Lead

Chorus: Young singers Men and Women ages 8-18 can be changed mens voice

Performances: December 9th and 10th



See what else we are up to. Click HERE to read our Spring 2016 edition of LIBRETTO.



The Opera Orlando Youth Company and Training Programs are made possible in part by the City of Orlando through its Mayor's Matching Grant program