Opera Card Game “Operaopoly”

By Afton Wooten

Independent game designer Stephen Schwartz combined his passion for game making and opera to create Operaopoly.

Players begin by taking on the role of 19th-century opera patrons and can level up to sponsor of composers Bizet, Verdi, and Wagner, and finally to an impresario. Once at the impresario level, players take on the tasks of choosing opera houses, casting singers, and more. To win the game, the opera must come to a close, and the player who had the most successful production and best-managed resources wins.

While playing, participants will also learn fun facts about the composers and their operas. In the edition is “La traviata,” “Die fliegende Holländer,” and “Carmen.”

Kristian Roberts, the Director of Education at the Dallas Opera, Pegasus Theatre, and tenor Christopher Leachher were instrumental in playtesting an earlier version of the Operaopoly.

The 60 – 90 minute game has options for two – six players.