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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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Commissioned by LA Opera and inspired by Edmond Rostand's classic drama "Cyrano de Bergerac," The Letter, by Shane W. Cadman, follows a group of students as they grapple with the same issues of unrequited love, language and perception as in the original masterpiece. Founded in a great work of literature, 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

Program Details:Teacher attendance is required at a preparatory in-service on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 4:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Maximum of 50 students per school

Dates: Students will meet with LA Opera teaching artists nine times between August 26 and October 27, 2013. 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 4 and November 16, 2013. 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 TOLERANCE Classroom 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 PREP Opera 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 seven 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.


Carmen – Bizet (Program Full)
Thursday, September 26, 2013  
Career connection 6:00pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, September 7, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Einstein on the Beach – Glass (Program Full)
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Career connection 4:30pm, performance 6:00pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, September 28, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Falstaff – Verdi
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Career connection 6:00pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

The Magic Flute – Mozart   (Program Full)
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Career connection 6:00pm - performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Billy Budd – Britten
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Career connection 6:00pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Lucia di Lammermoor – Donizetti (Program Full)
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Career connection 12:30pm, performance 2:00pm
Mandatory in-service -Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Thaïs – Massenet
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Career connection 6:00pm, performance 7:30pm
Mandatory in-service - Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00am - 12:00pm

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 213.972.7258 to speak with Jill Burnham, Education Manger.

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

LA OPERA 90012: 
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!

The Magic Flute - Mozart
Saturday, November 23, 2013, 7:30pm

Billy Budd - Britten
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30pm

Lucia di Lammermoor - Donizetti
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 7:30pm

Thaïs - Massenet
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 7:30pm
(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 29, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Applicants must also be able to attend all four operas. 

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked or delivered to LA Opera via electronic media byTuesday, October 22, 2013. Finalists will be notified via e-mail by Thursday, October 24, 2013. A limited number of students will be selected. Tickets are limited and non-transferable for use only by the selected students. 

Application: For application click 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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