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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. Click the links below to see programs for specific ages groups.




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

Find Your Voice

Are you between the ages of 9-17 years old, and looking to get on stage and have fun this summer? Join Opera Camp (July 15-August 3).

Everyone is welcome, no matter how much experience you have  – you just have to want to perform.

Make Art

Get ready to sing and move and challenge yourself. Opera Camp is an enriching three-week program (July 15-August 3), where you will rehearse and perform an opera.

  • Camp runs from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday
  • Public performances of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle on Saturday, August 3.
  • Opera Camp takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Yes, you get to perform at the opera house.)  

Make Friends

Art has the power to connect us all and turn strangers into family. Opera Camp is the place to meet people who love the arts as much as you do. Find your tribe with us this summer.

Make the World a Better Place

Artists have the ability to change the world (yes, that means you).

Opera Camp productions feature stories of social justice. You will learn about the real-life story of the opera, take field trips and hear directly from people who lived the history.

Want to know more? Check out a Sample Schedule here.

You don’t have to be a superstar to join us.
We just want to get to know you.

Auditions are necessary for all campers. 
(But you can sing whatever you like.)

Audition Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 4-8pm
  • Tuesday, April 23, 4-8pm


Fees: $1,195 tuition, includes $300 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance into camp (but there are need-based scholarships available).

Please note this is only a REQUEST - by applying you are not guaranteed an audition slot. Slots are limited and will be granted on a lottery basis with a waitlist for overflow. Auditions are required for all available slots


About Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle

This special production will weave together suites of music from three previous Opera Camp productions: Hans Krása’s World War II era Brundibár, which was performed by children imprisoned in the Terezín concentration camp; the original work Friedl, about a woman who secretly taught art to the children of Terezín; the original work The White Bird of Poston, set during World War II in an Japanese internment camp in Arizona; and Then I Stood Up, reflecting on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (See summaries of each show below.)

  • Friedl was composed by Eli Villanueva, with a libretto by Leslie Stevens. It is the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an Austrian artist and teacher who secretly taught art to the children in Terezín. Before she was killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau, she hid away the children’s drawings in a suitcase, ensuring that at least their art would survive. 
  • Brundibár was written by Czech composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister on the eve of World War II.  Two children, Annette and Little Joe, need to sing to raise money for their sick mother, but the cruel organ-grinder Brundibár would rather they keep silent. With the help of Cat, Dog, and Bird, good triumphs over evil, and music has the last word. 
  • The White Bird of Poston by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens is set during World War II in a Japanese internment camp. It tells the story of a Japanese teenage girl who forms a bond with a Native American boy while living at the Poston Internment Camp, located on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona. Through their friendship, they help each other rediscover their cultural traditions and history.
  • Then I Stood Up by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens highlights inspiring young adults of the Civil Rights Movement whose personal bravery in the face of racist social systems led to major change.  Claudette Colvin, Carlotta Walls, members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and more fight for what’s right.  It’s not just what you stand for – it’s the moment when you actually stand up. 



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

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LA Opera 90012: Mini Subscription

Are you a student in grades 7-12? Enter to win a free mini-subscription (for you and a chaperone) to see stunning LA Opera productions. From the first note to the final bow, you’ll have prime seats to four dazzling and diverse operas. You’ll meet people your age who love the arts as much as you do at special events, dinners and at the shows. All you have to do is tell us why you want to see an opera, and we’ll make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

Applications for the 2019/20 Season will open in Spring of 2019


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

Applications for this season are closed.


You know you love opera, you’re 90012 alumni. Share your knowledge, deepen your friendships and gain valuable experience as a 90012 Ambassador. You’ll have inside access to LA Opera administrators, be an integral part of the events and learn how to give everyone access to this amazing art form. And of course, you’ll get to see all four operas in the mini-subscription, too.

Applications for 90012 Ambassadors for the 2019/20 Season will open in Spring of 2019


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

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Undergraduate and graduate students are given an inside look on how an opera production is created by attending an LA Opera orchestra technical rehearsal on the mainstage. This program is free of charge and professors may apply by submitting an application below.

This experience may be enhanced by having an LA Opera Community Educator visit the classroom to further prepare the students and give them an insider’s look at the opera.

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


Tuesday, February 26
Wednesday, May 1
Tuesday, May 28th

*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.



Students are invited to an exclusive BACKSTAGE TOUR and a career connection WORKSHOP/PRE-TALK.
This program is tailored for students interested in the production process, and provides access to the design and technical theater professionals working at LA Opera. Professors will be able to sign up to bring a maximum of 25 students (for the pre-talk & backstage tour) as limited space will be available. Students will attend the orchestra tech rehearsal following the tour.

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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