OPERA CAMP PRESENTS
The Prospector & The White Bird of Poston
For Opera Camp 2018, LA Opera will present two operas:
The Prospector by Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks
The Prospector is inspired by Puccini's opera, The Girl of the Golden West (La fanciulla del West) A lonely Gold Rush prospector distracts a pack of hungry coyotes by telling them a story. We learn about the power of love and forgiveness with the help of Minnie, the outlaw Ramirez and Sherriff Rance.
The White Bird of Poston by Eli Villanueva and Leslie Stevens.
The White Bird of Poston is set during World War II in the Japanese internment camp at Poston. The opera tells the story of a Japanese-American teenage girl who takes a stand against prejudice and unfair treatment of the internees.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Through this unique program, LA Opera has revived historical and commissioned original productions that illustrate topics of social injustice from an array of stories rooted in history.
Each year, Opera Camp seeks to elicit in campers the understanding that as young artists, they have great power and responsibility: the power of storytelling, which can be used for good. As artists, their responsibility is to prepare to their utmost and be worthy of the stories.
- Opera Camp connects campers to the past and to social issues.
- It brings context to headlines and shows them their impact on the world.
- They’re asked to listen and learn about the stories and the people impacted by the events they tell.
- They learn from subject matter experts and community leaders as they explore the story told by the opera and its historical context.
- In addition to rehearsals, campers explore the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with backstage tours and craft workshops led by the LA Opera staff.
Throughout the program’s history, our campers have tackled a vast array of stories that address social injustice. Through opera, they have explored the Holocaust, the Japanese-American Internment and gang violence in our own city.
THROUGH THE LENS OF A LEGEND
In July 2015, Academy Award-winning cinematographer and social activist, Haskell Wexler, discovered LA Opera's Opera Camp when it produced Then I Stood Up - A Civil Rights Cycle and produced a documentary about the program. Mr. Wexler passed away in December 2015 and gave us the gift of his beautiful work. Below is a sneak peek at the documentary, coming summer 2016. To read more about Mr. Wexler's work, click here.