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We Make It Easy To Enjoy Opera!


LA Opera is deeply honored to collaborate with numerous community centers, libraries, schools and faith-based organizations to engage and serve our rich and diverse community. Each month, we offer scores of free talks, recitals and programs in neighborhoods throughout LA County that inspire appreciation and engagement with this thrilling art form.

Pre-performance talks begin one hour prior to curtain and are designed to enhance your experience at the opera. You can come in person or phone in. Complimentary to ticket buyers.

Our Opera Talks are offered in various Los Angeles area neighborhoods and cover a wide variety of opera-related topics. Free.

LA Opera's Community Education program offers Adult Continuing Education and opera performances that involve the broader community. Fees, if any, vary.

Continuing into the 2014/2015 Season, LA Opera is continuing the 
Community Circle program to increase our service to underserved members of our community.


LA Opera offers projected English translations (also called "supertitles") for every opera performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in addition to other programs designed to enhance your experience (listed above). The words being sung are projected above the stage in easy-to-read English text, clearly visible from all sections of the theater. Since it takes longer to sing a sentence than read it, following along is very easy and won't interfere with observing the action on stage.

In addition to translating productions from the original French, Italian, German and other foreign languages into English, the supertitle system is used even when the opera is sung in English - to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of our performances.

At times, you may notice that someone is singing, but the supertitle screen is blank. This means that the singer is simple repeating a phrase you have already read.

For questions about supertitles, please call 213.972.8001

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Get the full story by joining other opera-goers at our complimentary pre-opera talks in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. You will have the opportunity to listen to Southern California's most engaging and highly regarded scholars, including LA Opera's acclaimed Music Director Maestro James Conlon, present entertaining and informative talks on the opera you are about to see. Generously sponsored by The Flora L. Thornton Foundation and The Opera League of Los Angeles, the talks are free of charge to those attending the performance. Talks are scheduled one hour prior to every performance. Reservations are not required.

If you are unable to make it to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in time to attend a pre-performance talk, you can also listen to the program from your phone.* Each talk is accessible via the following phone number and code:

Phone number: 1.626.677.3000
Access code: 314902#

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*Please note: This number is not toll free, so the cost will depend on rates charged by your carrier (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, etc.) to area code 626, California. There are no additional fees. We do not require the use of any specific carrier, nor do we know what rates patrons pay on their calling plans. This service accommodates the first 50 callers.

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Opera Talks are 50-minute, interactive presentations led by LA Opera's Community Educators. The topics for each talk are listed below.

Saturday, August 23, 3:00pm               
Santa Monica Public Library             
Topic: La Traviata                
Community Educator: Larry Verdugo

Tuesday, September 02, 6:30pm                
Redondo Beach Library          
Topic: La Traviata                
Community Educator: Ray Busmann

Thursday, September 04, 6:30pm                
Westwood Branch Library              
Topic: La Traviata                
Community Educator: David Yaroslavsky

Thursday, September 04, 7:00pm                
Burbank Central Library     
Topic: La Traviata                
Community Educator: Larry Verdugo

Saturday, September 13, 2:00pm               
El Dorado Neighborhood Library                 
Topic: La Traviata           
Community Educator: John Spear

Saturday, September 13, 3:00pm                
Santa Monica Public Library         
Topic: Dido/Bluebeard     
Community Educator: Anne Russell

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30pm               
Porter Ranch Branch Library                     
Topic: La Traviata           
Community Educator: Louis Bernstein

Saturday, September 20, 2:00pm                
Brand Library and Art Center         
Topic: La Traviata                
Community Educator: Ray Busmann

Sunday, September 21, 3:00pm              Crowell Public Library            
Topic: La Traviata          
Community Educator: Ray Busmann

LA Opera's Community Educators are trained experts who address civic and social organizations, philanthropic groups, schools and library audiences throughout Southern California, free of charge. For more information or questions about LA Opera's Community Educators, please CLICK HERE to contact us by email or call 213.972.8016.

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Community Educators are a volunteer group of LA Opera, in collaboration with the Opera League of Los Angeles. LA Opera's team of trained experts addresses civic and social organizations, philanthropic groups, schools and library audiences throughout Southern California, free of charge. You may select a presentation on any opera performed during our season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, or we can customize a talk to suit your needs. Either way, you won't be disappointed!

Dates and Requirements: Community Educators will address groups of 15 or more people. For more information, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.
Tickets: Free of charge.
Deadline: Requests for Community Educators are accepted throughout the year.



LA Opera can provide speakers and scholars, behind-the-scenes visits from LA Opera staff members and even recital programs. We are currently partnering with several organizations, including The Huntington Library, to present adult education classes. 

Classes may run during any time of the year. Fees vary according to partnerships.
For more information and availability, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.



The heart of our senior programming remains the annual, free Senior Center Dress Rehearsal. Next season, we present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 
The Marriage of Figaro. From the breathless opening notes of the overture to the touching final curtain, Mozart’s comic masterpiece brilliantly bucks the conventions of his time to deliver an ageless message of love and forgiveness.

Dates and Requirements: The dress rehearsal of The Marriage of Figaro is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00pm.

This event is open only to senior centers located in Los Angeles County which receive government funding. Seating is limited, and centers are selected to attend through a competitive application process.

Representatives from selected centers must attend a mandatory meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:30pm. (Centers that attended
Lucia di Lammermoor during the 2013/14 season are not eligible.)

  • Please note: Individuals may not apply.
  • Fee: Free of charge. 
  • Deadline: Monday, January 5, 2015
  • Application: For application information, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157. A limited number of publicly-funded senior centers can participate in this program.



Since the 2005/06 season, LA Opera has been honored to work with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles to present free, large-scale, community performances including Noye's Fludde, Judas Maccabaeus, and The Festival Play of Daniel under the baton of James Conlon. These community opera performances include singers, actors and orchestra members from the community, performing alongside professional singers and orchestra members from LA Opera.

If you would like more information about LA Opera's Community Opera at the Cathedral, please CLICK HERE.

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Community Opera Chorus Network

LA Opera has a longstanding commitment to offering community singing and performance opportunities. The Community Opera Chorus Network is a group of ongoing community choruses, reflecting the specific community they serve, that fosters the physical, personal and communal benefits of singing. The choruses are located in East Los Angeles and are supported by a generous grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Through this project, LA Opera also creates larger public sing-along events that bring together families and multiple community organizations.

Zarzuela Project at the mariachi conservatory
Zarzuela is the beautiful and melodic form of musical theater popular throughout Spain and Latin America and known for its passion, fire and comedy. The Zarzuela Project is a collaboration with The Mariachi Conservatory. Inspired by LA Opera’s General Director Plácido Domingo deeply rooted love for the art form—his parents were famous zarzuela performers—the Zarzuela Project provides classes where participants are trained in singing and acting, and learn about the history of Zarzuela. Classes culminate in performances at various venues where family, friends and the local community enjoy this exciting art form.

Want to get involved? Participation in the Zarzuela Project is offered free of charge to adults and students. Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at The Mariachi Conservatory (on the campus of Salesian High School) and all are welcome to participate. 

For more information please call 213.972.3157 or CLICK HERE

There are no upcoming public performances at this time.  


White Memorial Medical Center
LA Opera’s partnership with White Memorial Medical Center is designed to benefit the patients, staff and community through music. Vital to the East Los Angeles community, White Memorial provides holistic care for patients. As part of the Community Opera Chorus Network, talented artists from LA Opera present sing-along concerts for the patients, doctors, nurses, hospital staff and the general public. The concerts include repertoire from opera, musical theater and popular favorites. During the holiday season, LA Opera artists travel throughout the hospital to share the joy of the season through song. 

For more information please call 213.972.3157 or CLICK HERE. 

Thursday, September 25 at 10:30am
LA Opera Sing-Along at White Memorial
White Memorial Medical Center School 
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 

Thursday, October 9 at 11:45am
LA Opera Sing-Along at White Memorial
White Memorial Medical Center Chapel
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 


Hollenbeck Palms
Choralmania!, our Hollenbeck Palms Program, is open to seniors living in the Hollenbeck Palms Retirement Community. Twice a month they gather to learn opera and musical theater selections, as well as the basics of healthy singing, and to enjoy the benefits of making music together. Hollenbeck Palms has a longstanding partnership with LA Opera, bringing residents to see an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as well as hosting recitals and opera talks. In 2014, members of Choralmania! participated in LA Opera’s Community Opera at the Cathedral.

For more information please call 213.972.3157 or CLICK HERE

There are no upcoming public performances at this time.


casa 0101
LA Opera and CASA 0101 Theater have joined together to offer weekly singing and acting classes for teens ages 12-18. These classes focus on acting techniques, principles of proper vocal technique, vocal repertoire, and vocal performance and are led by LA Opera teaching artists in partnership with CASA 0101 teachers. Students from the CASA 0101 Project have gone on to participate in LA Opera’s Community Opera at the Cathedral.

Classes take place at CASA 0101 Theater, which is dedicated to providing vital arts, cultural, and educational programs to Boyle Heights, thereby nurturing the future storytellers of Los Angeles who will someday transform the world. 

For more information or to sign up for classes please CLICK HERE.

There are no upcoming public performances at this time. 

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Upcoming Community Performances

When it comes to community performances, the LA Opera experience is not confined to the beautiful Dorothy Chandler Pavilion!

With the combined efforts of community venues and LA Opera, the public has access to opera throughout Los Angeles County, with recitals tailored to each individual community. Performances take place at a variety of spaces including libraries, museums, hospitals, community centers, senior centers and outdoor venues. 



City of Hope Recital: Fall Fantasy
Thursday, September 25 at 12:00pm
City of Hope
1500 East Duarte Rd, Duarte CA 
Free and open to the public 



A Celebration of Stories
Saturday, October 11 from 11am - 4pm
The Huntington Library and Art Collections 

Step into a story during this one-day family program celebrating all things literary. Books will be brought to life through performances throughout the gardens by Unbound Productions, the Independent Shakespeare Co. and LA Opera. Visitors can also enjoy readings by the Beatrix Potter Society, drop-in activities with the Art Grist, and more. General admission.

Taste of Italy
Saturday, October 11 from 5-10pm 
Pico House 424 N. Main St, Los Angeles 90012

Join LA Opera artists for a recital featuring your favorite Italian art songs and arias during the sixth annual Taste of Italy. This premier cultural gastronomic event features award-winning restaurants and wineries, with fantastic entertainment in a spectacular setting. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

For Community Opera Chorus Network performances, CLICK HERE.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming Community Performances,
CLICK HERE to join our e-newsletter list.

Would like to have LA Opera join you for your community event?
CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

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Community Circle

For the 2014/15 Season, LA Opera is continuing our innovative seating program, Community Circle, which has enabled us to increase our service to students, low-income senior centers and underserved community groups. Carefully selected groups will be able to experience opera at a significantly reduced price and, at times, even at no cost.

Hundreds of tickets will be set aside from our orchestra for every performance to accommodate these special groups and supplement the extensive education and community outreach we already provide. These tickets will not be available for sale to the public.


Community Circle is one of several initiatives as part of LA Opera's ongoing community outreach. It is managed through our Education and Community Engagement department with the help of a volunteer committee who help select recipient organizations for the program.

Blocks of tickets will be awarded to schools, colleges or non-profit organizations only. No individual or family applications accepted. Tickets will be awarded based on availability and need to the following groups:

  • Full-time, for-credit college students ages 18 and up. May be accompanied by an instructor/administrator, limit one per 10 students.
  • Underserved students (ages 9-17), adults or senior citizens. Students must be accompanied by enough responsible adults to ensure their good behavior. No more than one adult per four students is allowed, unless your agreement specifies otherwise.

Organizations wishing to participate in the program should fill out the Community Circle application below. Applications will then be reviewed by our Education and Community Engagement Department and the volunteer Community Relations committee. Filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Seats will be granted based on the availability of seats, the needs of the organization and the population served. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Be sure to include accurate contact information so someone may be reached in case we have any questions or so that we can contact you with the results of your application.

If you would like to donate to the program, or sponsor a specific group that meets LA Opera's Community Circle qualifications, please call us at 213.972.3157. 


Please fill out the application to be considered for Community Circle. Note that we are only accepting organizational applications at this time. Only complete applications will be considered. Receipt of application does not guarantee access to Community Circle seating. LA Opera reserves the right to refuse admission to groups on the basis of past behavior or attendance problems.

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