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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.

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. 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

Upcoming Free Performances:

Sunday, April 27 at 3:00pm
Brand Art and Music Library
1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201

Sunday, June 8 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm
El Pueblo de Los Angeles
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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. 

Upcoming Free Performances:

Thursday, May 1 at 11:45pm
Sing-Along with LA Opera
White Memorial Medical Center
1720 East 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. 

may 2014:

Thursday, May 1, 12:05 and 12:50pm
Celebrate Spring! Lunchtime Recitals at Grand Park
200 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012
Admission is free.

Thursday, May 8, 7:00 and 8:00pm
Highlights from Thaïs Recitals at One Colorado
41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, 91103
Admission is free. 

May 10 through May 31
Mozart Opera Tales at County of Los Angeles Public Libraries
Opera always begins with a story and LA Opera celebrates the power of the story and the joy of music through its successful Opera Tales productions. Join LA Opera for this fun, high energy show as it tours to libraries in partnership with the County of Los Angeles Public Library.  
CLICK HERE for complete tour information.
Admission is free. 

Saturday, May 31, 9:00am-4:00pm
Byzantium in Art and Music at the Getty Villa (Gallery Course)
Explore the art and culture of Byzantium in a day-long program inspired by the Getty Villa exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections and LA Opera's production of Massenet's Thaïs. The program includes talks, tours of the exhibition, and musical performances by LA Opera artists.
Program fee $60 (includes morning coffee and lunch)
CLICK HERE for tickets. 

June 2014:

June 11 through June 15
Songs in the Key of Los Angeles Recital Tour
From the “Bells of San Gabriel” to the “San Fernando Valley,” answer “The Call of the West” and join us for Songs in the Key of Los Angeles, presented by LA Opera in partnership with SongFest and The Library Foundation of Los Angeles. Drawing on music from the Southern California Sheet Music Collection at LA Central Library and featured in the book Songs in the Key of Los Angeles by Dr. Josh Kun, these free recitals offer a singular portrait of Los Angeles history and culture rendered in music, featuring artists from LA Opera and SongFest. 

  Wednesday, June 11, 7:30pm
     Hammer Museum
,10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, 90024
  Thursday, June 12, 1:30pm
     Hollenbeck Palms, 573 S Boyle Ave, Los Angeles, 90033
  Thursday, June 12, 7:00pm
     Brand Art & Music Library,1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, 91201
  Friday, June 13, 2:00pm
     The Huntington Library, Loggia, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, 91108

Saturday, June 21, 3:00pm
LA Opera Artists in Recital at Santa Monica Public Library 
Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, 90401
Admission is free.  

Friday, June 27, 12:00pm
Summertime Lunchtime Recital at City of Hope
Cooper Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Rd, Duarte, 91010
Admission is free.   

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 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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