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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.

Thursday, March 05, 7:00pm               

Burbank Central Library

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro 

Community Educator: Murray Aronson


Saturday, March 07, 11:00am

Glendora Library

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro

Community Educator: Geoff Kuening


Saturday, March 07, 1:00pm               

Little Tokyo Branch Library          

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro

Community Educator: Judith Hyman      


Saturday, March 07, 2:30pm              

Cypress Library

Topic: The Barber of Seville   

Community Educator: Norm Cadman


Monday, March 09, 6:00pm               

Signal Hill Library              

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro 

Community Educator: Ed Lieb


Tuesday, March 10, 6:45pm               

Platt Library       

Topic: The Barber of Seville 

Community Educator: Steve Kohn


Thursday, March 12, 6:30pm

Westwood Library

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro

Community Educator: Louis Bernstein


Saturday, March 14, 2:00pm              

El Dorado Neighborhood Library              

Topic: The Barber of Seville 

Community Educator: Ed Lieb 


Sunday, March 15, 2:00pm               

Crowell Public Library    

Topic: The Barber of Seville 

Community Educator: Bob Emirhanian   


Tuesday, March 17, 6:30pm               

Porter Ranch Branch Library       

Topic: The Barber of Seville 

Community Educator: Steve Kohn


Tuesday, March 17, 6:30pm

Redondo Beach Library

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro

Community Educator: Len Lipman


Wednesday, March 18, 7:00pm               

South Pasadena Public Library   

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro 

Community Educator: Rose Vardanian


Saturday, March 21, 2:00pm               

Brand Library and Art Center     

Topic: The Marriage of Figaro 

Community Educator: Paul Derouin


Saturday, March 21, 3:00pm               

Oxnard Library 

Topic: The Barber of Seville

Community Educator: Steve Kohn


Saturday, March 28, 2:00pm               

El Monte Library              

Topic: The Barber of Seville  

Community Educator: Bob Emirhanian




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


The Zarzuela Project in Concert

Saturday, March 21 at 2:00pm and 4:00pm
The Barbers of Zarzuela
Plaza Kioska at El Pueblo Historical Monument
Home of Olvera Street 

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. 

LA Opera Concert with White Memorial Choir

Friday, April 3 at 11:30am
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. 


LA Opera Artists in Concert
Saturday, March 28 at 3pm
Grand Hope Park
919 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015

Spend the afternoon in one of LA’s loveliest parks enjoying music and fashion as part of LA Opera’s citywide celebration: Figaro Unbound. LA Opera artists will perform highlights from your favorite operas, including The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville. Tour the FREE FIDM exhibits: The 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design and Opulent Art: 18th Century Dress from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, featuring a rare original 18th century Figaro costume.

LA Opera Concert with White Memorial Choir
Friday, April 3 at 11:30am
White Memorial Medical Center Chapel
1720 Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033 

Figaro Opera Tales
Touring April 11 - May 2
Free in ten County of Los Angeles libraries, celebrate our favorite opera character Figaro with us in the high-energy family show, featuring the stories of The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Ghosts of Versailles
CLICK HERE for specific tour dates and locations.

Shakespeare Scenes, Sonnets and Songs: An Evening of Words and Music at The Huntington
Thursday, May 7 at 7:30pm
The Huntingon Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108

Surrounded by The Huntington Art Gallery’s exquisite collection of grand portraits, actors from The Independent Shakespeare Co. and artists from LA Opera will present scenes, sonnets, and songs that explore connections between Shakespeare and some of the treasures of the art collections.
Tickets: Members: $50. Non members: $60. or 800-838-3006.


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). 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.
  • Adults or senior citizen members of an underserved non-profit community group or organization.

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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