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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 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: 1.218.844.1930
Access code: 314902#

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

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.

Thursday April 5, 7:00pm
Yorba Linda Public Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Saturday, April 7, 2:00pm
Torrance Public Library 
Topic: Specialty - Stories We Love

Monday, April 9, 2:00pm
Palos Verdes Library District    Topic: Speciality - The Diva

Tuesday, April 10, 6:15pm
Platt Library   
Topic: Specialty -
Opera and Social Politics

Saturday, April 21, 2:00pm
El Dorado Neighborhood Library
Topic: Specialty - It Can't Be An Opera If Nobody Dies

Tuesday, May 1, 6:30pm
Redondo Beach Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Thursday, May 3, 6:30pm
Westwood Branch Library
Topic: Rigoletto

 

 

Saturday, May 5, 11:00am
Glendora Public Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Saturday May 5, 2:00pm
Hyde Park Branch/
LA Public
Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Saturday, May 5, 2:00pm
Torrance Public Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Sunday, May 6, 2:00pm
Crowell Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Tuesday, May 8, 6:15pm
Platt Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Monday, May 14, 7:00pm
Burbank Central Library
Topic: Rigoletto

Saturday, May 19, 2:00pm
El Dorado Neighborhood Library
Topic: Rigoletto

        

 

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

the 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 General Director Plácido Domingo's 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. 


UPCOMING FREE PERFORMANCES

Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 1:00pm & 3:00pm
    with Mariachi Voz de America
PLAZA KIOSKO, El Pueblo Historical Monument
Home of Olvera Street
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles 90012
El Pueblo Historical Monument Info: 213.485.8372


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.


January 8 - April 23
Recovered Voices Lecture Series at The Colburn School
The Colburn School is offering a free 15-week Monday evening course (already in session) on "Recovered Voices," overseen by LA Opera Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon.  Register anytime during the session. To receive the complete lecture schedule and related information, a simple registration is required. 
MORE INFO
REGISTER

Saturday, April 21 at 11:40am
Fight on Figaro! at the LA Times Festival of Books
LA Opera artists perform a recital featuring opera favorites for the whole family. Admission is free.
MORE INFO

Monday, April 23 at 2:00pm 
Free Community Recital at Peninsula Center Library 
LA Opera artists perform a free recital featuring opera favorites and classics from the great American songbook.
MORE INFO

Friday, April 27 at 12:00pm
Songs of Spring at City of Hope
LA Opera artists perform a free noontime recital featuring opera favorites and classics from the great American songbook.
MORE INFO

Saturday, April 28 at 3:00pm 
Great Opera Choruses at Valley Performing Arts Center
MORE INFO

April 29 - May 13
Verdi: Bel Canto and Beyond - Young Artists Recital Tour
Timed to coincide with LA Opera’s production of Verdi’s classic Rigoletto, this concert program focuses on the emergence of Verdi, Italy’s quintessential composer, out of the bel canto greats that preceded him. This concert features LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists, with music and program arranged by LA Opera Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin. 

         Sunday, April 29 at 3:00pm
         Boston Court Performing Arts Center
         Tickets $10 (free for students)
         BostonCourt.org • 626.683.6801

         Wednesday, May 2 at 7:30pm
         The Ebell of Los Angeles
         Tickets: $5 donation
          EbellLA.org • 323-931-1277, x131

          Sunday, May 13 at 6:00pm
          The Leo S. Bing Theater at LACMA
          Free, no reservations required
          LACMA.org

Tuesday, May 8 at 6:00pm
Verdi Opera Tales 
The Huntington Park Library
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For Zarzuela Project 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.

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

This season, LA Opera is continuing our exceptional 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 section 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.

HOW IT WORKS

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 nonprofit 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.
  • Underserved students (ages 9-17). Students must be accompanied by enough responsible adults to ensure good behavior.
  • Adults or senior citizen members of an underserved nonprofit 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. 

APPLICATION

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.

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

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