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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 foreign language productions from the original French, Italian, German and others 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



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 1 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 2013/2014 Season, LA Opera is continuing the Community Circle program to increase our service to underserved members of our community.

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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.

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 6:30pm
Redondo Beach Library
Topic: Thais
Community Educator:
Nandani Sinha

Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00pm
El Dorado Neighborhood Library
Topic: Thais
Community Educator: Ron Streicher 

Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:00pm
Burbank Central Library
Community Educator:
Ron Streicher

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00pm
Santa Monica Library
Topic: Thais
Community Educator: 
Rose Vardanian



Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 6:45pm
Platt Library
Topic: Thais
Community Educator:
 John Welch

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6:30pm
Porter Ranch Library
Topic: Thais
Community Educator: Rose Vardanian 

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00pm
Brand Library and Arts Center
Topic: Thais
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.

Share your love and knowledge of opera. Community Educators enjoy behind the scenes access to the inner workings of LA Opera, train in public speaking and devise unique presentations that reflect their interest in opera. The training program runs from June 18-August 25.

For more information and an application, please CLICK HERE
Application Deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014 


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. This season, we present Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown. 

Dates and Requirements: The dress rehearsal of Lucia di Lammermoor is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12, 2014 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 Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 1:30pm. (Centers that attended Madame Butterfly during the 2012/13 season are not eligible.)

  • Please note: Individuals may not apply.
  • Fee: Free of charge. 
  • Deadline: Monday, January 6, 2014 
  • 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 Circle

For the 2013/14 Season, LA Opera is continuing our innovative seating program, Community Circle, that 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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