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Opera is the greatest stories told with the greatest music, and we have a seat waiting for you. Students, come join us for an experience you will never forget and can't find anywhere else. There is something for everyone, from Opera Camp for ages 9-17 to LA Opera 90012 for High School Students to Operawise and Opera U for College Students. Opera Club is available to students of all ages.

For information about how your teacher can bring opera to your class, or your class to the opera, please CLICK HERE.

We are your opera company, and whether you are a fan of opera or brand new to the art form, we invite you to come and lose yourself in LA Opera.

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Opera Camp

Due to popular demand, Opera Camp is undergoing an exciting expansion this summer. We're thrilled to be able to offer a longer program with two operas!

Opera Camp is now a three-week intensive for campers ages 9-17 who rehearse, perform and participate in a variety of movement and technical workshops. 

The camp will be divided into two tracks:
Youth (ages 9-13) and Young Adult (ages 14-17)

When: July 16 - August 11
            Featured Performer coachings: July 16-20
            Week 1: July 23-27
            Week 2: July 30-Aug 3
            Week 3: Aug 6-10                         
            Performances on August 11th

Where: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Tuition: $1195
(includes $300, non-refundable deposit upon acceptance to camp) 

For Opera Camp 2018, LA Opera will present two operas:

The White Bird of Poston by Eli Villanueva and Leslie Stevens.
Appropriately timed for the 75th Anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the White Bird of Poston is set during World War II in the Japanese internment camp at Poston which was located on the Mojave Reservation in Arizona. The opera tells the story of a Japanese-American teenage girl who takes a stand against prejudice and unfair treatment of the internees. Running from the camp to escape a stern sergeant, she meets and forms a bond with a Mojave boy. Through their friendship, they help each other rediscover their cultural traditions and find the courage and confidence to move forward as leaders in an uncertain world. The opera explores issues of cultural difference, prejudice, stereotypes, and personal responsibility.

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 is making his way across the desert toward the California gold fields when a pack of coyotes appears, ready to eat the prospector and his mule. The prospector distracts the coyotes by telling them a story and we are transported to a Wild West town. There we learn about the power of love and forgiveness with the help of Minnie, the outlaw Ramirez and Sherriff Rance.

To request an audition time please CLICK HERE

Please note this is only a REQUEST - by applying you are not guaranteed an audition slot or a spot in camp. Since space is limited, a wait-list may be created for overflow.  Audition spaces are limited and fill up quickly. Prior participation does not guarantee the offer of an audition. 


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. Most recently in 2016, we explored the stories of young people involved in the Civil Rights Movement with the premiere of Then I Stood Up.

With each piece we commission and stage, we partner with experts and community organizations to ensure the production and its messages are historically accurate, relevant and impactful. In the summer of 2016, we partnered with the Watts Labor Community Action Committee, California African American Museum, the Watts Village Theatre Company and Facing History and Ourselves.  


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.

For a look at our 2015 production of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle, CLICK HERE.


For more information and to receive updates about future Opera Camps as well as all our programs, please join our Education and Community Engagement email list by CLICKING HERE.

Generous support for Opera Camp is provided by the Opera League of Los Angeles.

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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 7 - 12 are invited to enter an essay competition for the chance to win a mini subscription, for themselves and a chaperone, to see four operas ABSOLUTELY FREE!

LA Opera 90012 Orientation Meeting
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 7:00pm-8:00pm

Satyagraha by Philip Glass
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Clemency of Titus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
El Gato Montés: The Wildcat by Manuel Penella
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

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

Program Requirements:
Accepted applicants will be middle school (7th/8th) or 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, September 25, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Applicants must also be able to attend all four operas!

Deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018, or until the program is full. Finalists will be notified via e-mail on or before September 14, 2018. 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. To contact us via email click HERE, or call 213.972.3157.

To learn about other programs for students contact us at educom@laopera.org or 213.972.3157.

Past participants of the 90012 program may apply to be a part of our 90012 Ambassador Leadership Program

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College and university faculty can apply to give their students a free, inside look at how opera productions are put together. This is a great opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students who are studying opera, theater/performing arts, and/or music. 

Students may only attend as part of a professor-led group.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Pearl Fishers 
Monday, October 2, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Application Deadline: Monday, September 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, January 8th, 2018

Orpheus and Eurydice 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, February 19, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Application Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018

*Schedules vary depending on main stage rehearsals. 

Rehearsal viewings can be further enhanced with a visit from LA Opera's Community Educators. There are also possibilities of meeting with LA Opera staff members during the visit.

Fee: Free of charge.


Applications are accepted until the program is full.

If you have any questions, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

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Opera U

LA Opera invites full-time high school and college students to join Opera U online and receive reserved Student Rush Ticket offers by email. Faculty can also sign-up for the opportunity to bring groups of 15 or more students to selected performances at the Student Rush Ticket price. Enroll today and you're on your way to experiencing some of the world's most exciting productions!

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If you are a full-time high school or college student looking to learn and enjoy the amazing world of opera right here in Los Angeles, then Opera U is right for you! Register to receive exclusive email announcements for ticket offers and special events. Join today to begin your operatic experience!

Think You Know Nothing About Opera?
Did you know that some of the hottest Hollywood directors use opera music in their films to convey all extremes of emotion? Soundtracks for such familiar movies as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Fifth Element, Rango, and Up all include great musical moments from opera. We invite you to experience the thrill of opera with us. Opera is passionate, spectacular and sensuous!


Give your students the gift of opera and receive a discounted ticket for yourself! Select tickets for $25 are available for faculty members who organize groups of 15 or more students to attend an Opera U performance.

Opera U is an easy and completely electronic way for full-time students to purchase discount tickets and receive invitations to LA Opera events. Our mission is to enable your students to see the greatest opera in the world by offering them attractive discounts.
Encourage your students to register for Opera U today!

Have a trained expert in Opera speak to your students for FREE!
Our Community Educators can introduce your students to the extraordinary world of opera. This team of trained experts can speak on any opera performed during our season or customize a talk to suit your needs. CLICK HERE to contact us by email or call (213) 972-8016.


Opera U is available to College and University students who register through our online registration. All students must log in using their user name, password, and the Opera U promotion code they receive via email to purchase tickets.

Each student must present a valid student I.D. when retrieving his/her ticket from Will Call the night of the performance. If a valid student ID is not presented or the name on the ID does not match the name on the account which purchased the tickets, the Box Office has the right to refuse entrance to the performance and refund your money.

Tickets are NOT transferable to another party.
Opera U tickets are sold at the discretion of the Box Office, who determines the performances, locations and number of tickets offered.

Faculty members are allowed one ticket at the Opera U price ONLY when they organize a group of 15 or more full-time students for the same performance.

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