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We Make It Easy To Enjoy Opera!

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

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-show 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.

SUbTITLES 


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 (2nd Floor) of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. You will have the opportunity to listen to Southern California's most engaging and highly regarded scholars, including Music Director 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: 605.475.5910
Access code: 314902#

view the current pre-show talks   view the pre-show archive

Want to learn more about the opera? Listen to our podcasts, including recorded pre-show talks, before you go!

listen to our podcasts 

 

Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by
the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles

*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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FREE OPERA TALKS

Opera Talks are 50-minute, interactive presentations led by LA Opera's Community Educators. The topics for each talk are listed below.

March 28  at 6:30pm               Westwood Branch Library            
Specialty: The Diva

April 2 at 6:30pm
Redondo Beach Library
Specialty: Great Sopranos of the Past 100 Years

April 3 at 7:00pm
Torrance Public Library
Specialty: History of Opera

April 9 at 6:15pm
Platt Library
Topic: El Gato Montés:
The Wildcat

April 13 at 2:00pm
El Dorado Neighborhood Library 
Topic: El Gato Montés:
The Wildcat

April 18 at  6:30pm
Westwood Branch Library
Topic: El Gato Montés:
The Wildcat

April 22 at 7:00pm
Burbank Buena Vista Library
Topic: El Gato Montés:
The Wildcat

April 28 at 2:00pm
Crowell Library
Topic: El Gato Montés:
The Wildcat

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATORs

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.

The Library Project

Through LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement department, we partner with local libraries in bringing opera talks, which are interactive presentations with audio-visual components. These lively opera talks can be scheduled as one or as a series to the Los Angeles community, free of charge.

CLICK HERE for the application.

Opera Talks in the community are generously supported by
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs

Saturday, September 19, 2015   2:00pm Torrance Public Library                  Schicchi/Pagliacci              Mary Johnston

Saturday, September 19, 2015   2:00pm                 Yorba Linda Public Library                             Intro to Opera /The Barber of Seville   Ed Lieb

Thursday, September 24, 2015   6:30pm Westwood Branch Library                            Schicchi/Pagliacci              Tanya Len

Monday, September 28, 2015    7:00pm Burbank Central Library                 Schicchi/Pagliacci              Larry Verdugo

Saturday, October 03, 2015          2:00pm Torrance Public Library                  Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 3 , 2015           2:30pm                 Cypress Library                 Moby-Dick         

Tuesday, October 6, 2015             6:30pm                 Redondo Beach Library                 Dracula

Saturday, October 10, 2015          2:00pm El Dorado Neighborhood Library                               Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 10, 2015          2:00pm Altadena Library District                                Dracula

Tuesday, October 13, 2015           6:30pm                 Platt Library                        Moby-Dick         

Sunday, October 18, 2015             2:00pm                 Crowell Library                 Moby-Dick         

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015         6:30pm                 Westwood Branch Library            Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 24, 2015          3:00 PM                Santa Monica Public Library                         Moby-Dick          

 

Saturday, September 19, 2015   2:00pm Torrance Public Library                  Schicchi/Pagliacci              Mary Johnston

Saturday, September 19, 2015   2:00pm                 Yorba Linda Public Library                             Intro to Opera /The Barber of Seville   Ed Lieb

Thursday, September 24, 2015   6:30pm Westwood Branch Library                            Schicchi/Pagliacci              Tanya Len

Monday, September 28, 2015    7:00pm Burbank Central Library                 Schicchi/Pagliacci              Larry Verdugo

Saturday, October 03, 2015          2:00pm Torrance Public Library                  Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 3 , 2015           2:30pm                 Cypress Library                 Moby-Dick         

Tuesday, October 6, 2015             6:30pm                 Redondo Beach Library                 Dracula

Saturday, October 10, 2015          2:00pm El Dorado Neighborhood Library                               Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 10, 2015          2:00pm Altadena Library District                                Dracula

Tuesday, October 13, 2015           6:30pm                 Platt Library                        Moby-Dick         

Sunday, October 18, 2015             2:00pm                 Crowell Library                 Moby-Dick         

 

Thursday, October 22, 2015         6:30pm                 Westwood Branch Library            Moby-Dick         

Saturday, October 24, 2015          3:00 PM                Santa Monica Public Library                         Moby-Dick          

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COMMUNITY OPERA AT THE CATHEDRAL

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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The Zarzuela Project

LEARN TO SING AND PERFORM WITH US

Do you love singing, dancing, and serving your community? Join the Zarzuela project.

  • Sing, dance and act – weekly classes are FREE
  • No experience necessary
  • Classes are held on Wednesday evenings at Salesian High School
  • Perform onstage at Olvera Street and other fun LA-area spots
  • All ages are welcome – make it a family tradition
  • Discover the music that inspired Plácido Domingo

WAIT, WHAT IS ZARZUELA?

Zarzuela is Spanish musical theater that’s fun, fiery, melodic, silly, energetic…we could go on forever. Zarzuela is a guaranteed dose of drama and excitement for both performers and audiences.

Inspired by LA Opera General Director and all-around superstar Plácido Domingo's deeply rooted love for the art form—his parents were famous zarzuela performers—we created The Zarzuela Project as a place for everyone to come together and experience the magic of performing.  Come by and check out a rehearsal, we’ll save you a spot.

SIGN UP HERE

The Zarzuela Project is a collaboration with The Mariachi Conservatory. Want to learn a mariachi instrument to accompany your singing? Open to adults and students, classes are offered FREE of charge.
Check out their amazing music here.

 

Upcoming FRee Performances

Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm
Adventist Health White Memorial
1720 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
The Zarzuela Project  performs with Mariachi Voz de America.

Sunday, May 5 at 1:00pm
St. Isidore Historical Plaza
10961 Reagan Street
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
The Zarzuela Project  performs with Mariachi Voz de America.

Saturday, May 18 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Zarzuela Project  performs with Mariachi Voz de America.

 


For more information please call 213.972.3157 or CLICK HERE

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

 

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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.

Thursday, March 7 at 12:15pm
LA Opera Artists Perform as a part of
UCLA’s Mindful Music 12:15 Concert Series
Semel Institute Auditorium
183,720 Westwood Plaza #c8
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Free and open to the public
MORE INFO

Saturday, March 9 at 7:00pm
The Zarzuela Project with Mariachi Voz de America
Adventist Health White Memorial
1720 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Free and open to the public

Saturday, April 6 at 11:00am and 1:00pm
LA Opera Artists perform Shakespeare Sings
part of Shakespeare Day at The Huntington Library

Free with admission
MORE INFO

Monday, April 8 at 2:00pm
LA Opera Artists in recital
Malaga Cove Branch Library
2400 Vía Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
Free and open to the public

Saturday, April 27 at 5:00pm
LA Opera Artists in recital
Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, California 91105
Free with admission

Sunday, April 28 at 11:00am & 12:00pm
LA Opera Artists perform at KUSC’s Discovery Day
Natural History Museum
900 W Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free with admission

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.

Sundays at the Morgan

University of La Verne, Morgan Auditorium

$20 suggested donation

 

Opera’s Greatest Hits and highlights from American Songbook

http://sites.laverne.edu/music/sundays-at-the-morgan/

Sundays at the Morgan

University of La Verne, Morgan Auditorium

$20 suggested donation

 

Opera’s Greatest Hits and highlights from American Songbook

http://sites.laverne.edu/music/sundays-at-the-morgan/

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Community Circle

Share the transformative power of opera with your non-profit organization. We believe the arts are essential to our community and we make sure everyone has a place at the opera house. Community Circle makes hundreds of tickets available to every performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for non-profit community organizations. Groups of tickets are $10 each or free for qualifying organizations. Welcome to your opera house, we’ve saved a seat just for you.

 

How it works:

  • Schools, colleges and non-profit organizations may apply for tickets
  • Groups are carefully selected by a volunteer committee
  • Tickets are valued at $122 each and are not available to the public
  • Organizations are eligible for one opera per season

Things to Know:

  • Filling out an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Tickets are awarded based on availability and need
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • No individual or family applications accepted
  • LA Opera reserves the right to refuse admission to groups on the basis of past behavior or attendance problems.

 

click here to APPLY

Please make sure you get a “Thank you for your submission” message or there might have been an error in your application. See you at the opera.

 

VETERAN’S CIRCLE – A COMMUNITY CIRCLE PROGRAM

Veterans are invited to connect with each other through their shared experience of art and life with Veteran’s Circle. We are deeply grateful to veterans and active military for their service. Three performances each season offer free Community Circle tickets exclusively to veteran organizations. Following the performance, veterans come together at a facilitated talk-back and reception.

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00pm
The Clemency of Titus

Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00pm
El Gato Montés: The Wildcat

Admission is FREE to qualifying Veteran Organizations
Tickets limited based on availability

MORE INFORMATION

click here to APPLY

Please make sure you get a “Thank you for your submission” message or there might have been an error in your application. See you at the opera.

 

 

Support for this program is provided by
Ken and Wendy Ruby
US Bank
California Arts Council (Veterans Circle)

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