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Opera Camp

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.

Auditions for Opera Camp 2019 will take place
in Spring of 2019.



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.