Passion in a Pandemic: Making Opera at Hanover High School Screening

This 58-minute documentary, Passion in a Pandemic: Making Opera at Hanover High School, goes behind the scenes of an experimental opera program that was implemented at Hanover High School in New Hampshire during the Covid pandemic. The program was created by opera singer/choral director Jennifer Chambers, and the Italian conductor, Filippo Ciabatti, as a way to introduce young people to opera repertoire, while preparing them to sing in a concert that features arias from four beloved operas, Don Giovanni, Cosi fan tutte, Magic Flute and Lakmé.  Although music is the main focus of the film, it is also a coming-of-age story, with surprises and heartbreaks along the way, where students discuss their relationship to music, share their dreams and ambitions, and open up about their mental health and the effects of emotional fallout from the pandemic.

After the screening, there will be a talk back with Director Nora Jacobson, Co-Producer Jennifer Chambers, and several students from the film. In addition, a study guide, funded by a Community Project Grant from New Hampshire Humanities, for teachers and the general public will be on display and discussed.

Educational Materials were produced in partnership with NHPBS, these will be available to classrooms across the country via PBS LearningMedia (

Hosted by JAM – Junction Arts & Media

Tickets $10 at door (discounts available for seniors and students).

Event Details


Thursday, October 12, 2023 7:00pm


Briggs Opera House
5 South Main St.
White River Junction VT 05001

Hosted By:

Upper Valley Arts

Contact Info:

Junction Arts & Media (800) 622-1124