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"I love this beyond words!"

From a letter written by a LA Opera 90012 high school student

Through its many partnerships with schools, LA Opera has the great honor to share the deep emotions, profound dramas, and beautiful music that combine to make opera with thousands of middle and high school students each year. Through programs such as in-school workshops and residencies, the exciting new Opera Prep program, Voices for Tolerance, LA Opera 90012, assemblies and even Opera Clubs on campus, LA Opera offers numerous ways for students to discover a passion for the art form. Some will be inspired by performing in an opera alongside LA Opera professionals while others will become enthralled with the possibility of a new kind of career thanks to a behind-the-scenes tour or workshop. Still others will realize that they have never experienced the level of expert performance they witness when they attend a LA Opera main stage performance. Each of LA Opera's programs for secondary students instills knowledge and appreciation of the operatic arts, as well as inspires students to see the world in new ways.

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The Greek legend is updated in Orpheus, an original youth opera commissioned by LA Opera, written by librettist Matthew Leavitt and composer Nathan Wang.

Our Orpheus, an extremely talented yet self-important indie-musician, thinks the world revolves around him. While rushing to one of his performances, his girlfriend and muse, Eurydice, is involved in a car accident from which she is not expected to survive. A frantic Orpheus receives a tip from a sympathetic nurse that there might be one person who can help: Dr. Hades. Dr. Hades is a brilliant but possibly deranged scientist who carries out his experiments in the hospital’s basement. Orpheus travels to the bowels of the hospital to persuade Dr. Hades to give him the experimental treatment that will restore Eurydice.  However, the young musician becomes frustrated and impatient with the doctor’s warnings and strict instructions. Orpheus’s unwillingness to follow instructions means he loses his love forever, and is forced to face his arrogance and the repercussions of his actions. Founded in a timeless legend, this In-School Opera is a superb way to integrate the arts into the overall curriculum and an example of how easily the classics can be applied to daily life.

What can students gain?

  • Self discipline and cooperation while working as an ensemble
  • Trust in each other to reach a common goal
  • The ability to follow directions on and off stage
  • Music fundamentals and basic vocal technique
  • Theater fundamentals and basic staging
  • A working understanding of how to read and follow a libretto
  • The ability to integrate several art disciplines into a well-organized performance
  • The ability to use the vocabulary of opera and theater to describe their experience
  • Focused work in articulation, pronunciation and memorization, while exploring a story connected to the school curriculum

What can teachers gain?

  • An opportunity to support student exposure to, and participation in, the arts
  • Techniques for incorporating the arts into their classroom
  • An intensive introduction to the operatic art form, as well as teaching materials and lesson plans to connect the program to literature, social science, history, world cultures and language skills

Teacher attendance is required at a preparatory in-service on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 4:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. All participating teachers must attend or your spot will be made available to a school on the waiting list. Maximum of 50 students per school. 

Dates: Students will meet with LA Opera teaching artists ten times between August 25 and October 31, 2014. All workshops are scheduled for one class period, one day each week between 9:00am and 3:00pm. One performance will be scheduled between November 10 and November 21, 2014. This program is ideal for single track (traditional) schools. This program may not work for all multi-track schools. Enrollment is open to 10 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.

Fee: The school participation fee for the Secondary In-School Opera program is $999.

Application: For application information, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Deadline: Applications for the Secondary In-School Opera are accepted throughout the year.



VOICES FOR TOLERANCEClassroom teachers partner with LA Opera teaching artists to create, multi-week, choral programs that foster a love of music and are integrated into the curriculum, featuring themes of community building, social justice, and cooperative action. Projects culminate in live performance and have included original opera based on classroom personal heritage projects, choral recitals exploring folk and protest music from around the world, and a pageant inspired by the Greek Olympics. Voices for Tolerance schools are invited to attend opera performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The program also provides shorter, intensive residencies to certain rural and underserved schools.

For more information and availability, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

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Bring Your Students to the Opera and Make Career Connections
OPERA PREPOpera Prep combines the opportunity to see one of LA Opera's productions and experience a behind-the-scenes encounter with one of the many careers that bring the productions to the stage, for free. Teachers may choose to apply to bring their students to a final dress rehearsal (or performance) for one of LA Opera's mainstage, world-class operas. LA Opera will assist teachers in preparing their students and chaperones through an in-service seminar. Teachers will receive an educators' guide, a CD and/or DVD of the opera, cross-curriculum activities and a visit by a member of LA Opera's Community Educators program.


La Traviata - Verdi - PROGRAM FULL
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Career connection 6pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, September 6, 2014, 9am - 11:30am

Dido and Aeneas / Bluebeard's Castle - Purcell / Bartok
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Career connection 6pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, October 11, 2014, 9am - 11:30am

Florencia en el Amazonas - Catan
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - Career connection 6pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service -Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9am - 11:30am

The Ghosts of Versailles - Corigliano
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - Career connection 6pm - performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9am - 11:30am 

The Barber of Seville - Rossini  
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – PROGRAM FULL - WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
Saturday, March 14, 2015 – APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED 
Career connection 6pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9am - 11:30am

The Marriage of Figaro - Mozart
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - Career connection 12:30pm, performance 2:00pm
Mandatory in-service -Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9am - 11:30am

Hercules vs Vampires - Morganelli
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - Career connection 6:00pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service -Saturday, April 11, 2015, 9am - 11:30am 

Program Guide: CLICK HERE to download PDF describing the program requirements and how to apply.

Application: CLICK HERE

Deadlines: Applications accepted until program is full (applications must be approved by LA Opera). To find out if applications are still being accepted, please email or call 213.972.3157.

Accepted teachers will be required to attend a mandatory Saturday in-service. Teachers can apply to bring a maximum of 50 students and chaperones by submitting one original lesson plan and one chaperone guide based on information provided by LA Opera.

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LA Opera 90012: Mini Subscription

Experience the magic of a magnificent art form with one of the world's greatest opera companies.

Students in grades 9 - 12 are invited to enter a competition for the chance to win a mini subscription, for themselves and a chaperone, to see four operas ABSOLUTELY FREE!

Florencia en el Amazonas - by Daniel Catán
Saturday November 22, 2014, 7:30pm

The Ghosts of Versailles - by John Corigliano
Saturday February 7, 2015, 7:30pm

The Barber of Seville - by Gioachino Rossini
Saturday February 28, 2015, 7:30pm

The Marriage of Figaro - by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday March 21, 2015, 7:30pm
(Final pre-opera event at 5:45pm)

All performances include an optional pre-opera talk beginning at 6:30pm.

Program Requirements:
Accepted applicants must be high school students who have not participated in LA Opera 90012 in the past. Participants must be able to attend an orientation, with their chaperone on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 6:30-8:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Applicants must also be able to attend all four operas!

Deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014, or until the program is full. Finalists will be notified via e-mail by Wednesday, October 22, 2014. A limited number of students will be selected. Tickets are limited and non-transferable for use only by the selected students. 

Application:  Click HERE to apply. You may also download an application HERE. To contact us via email click HERE, or call 213.972.3157.

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 LA Opera is proud to offer fun and interactive recitals geared toward students and families. Each assembly is available for campuses as well as festivals and special events. LA Opera's Community Educators are available for group presentations to further enrich the experience.

No experience is necessary to get the most out of Sing Out Loud!, a 45-minute program featuring artists from LA Opera performing operatic favorites. Teacher materials are available to further enhance this program. This program is geared for all audiences.

Program Details
Dates: All assemblies are available for booking throughout the school year, based on availability.
Equipment: A tuned, acoustic piano in the performance area is required for all assemblies
Fees: Sing Out Loud!: $1,250 for one and $1,500 for two same-day, back-to-back assemblies.
Application: Download PDF Form
Deadline: Bookings are ongoing, based on availability.


 An ideal activity during or after school, an Opera Club enhances any arts curriculum by giving students the opportunity to expand their study and appreciation of opera. Opera Clubs can enjoy visits from one of our Community Educators at club meetings for a variety of fun and educational activities. Opera Club participants are eligible for special benefits, including complimentary dress rehearsal and/or performance tickets when available.

Program Details
The teacher/advisor needs to develop a plan of activities and act as the coordinator.
Fees: Free of charge
Application: To contact us for more information, please CLICK HERE.



Let LA Opera's Community Educators introduce your students to the extraordinary world of opera. This team of trained experts will address your students with fun and interactive presentations.

For more information, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call (213) 972-3157.

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