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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.

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 we don’t mind if you sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Audition Dates:

  • Wednesday, April 3, 4-8pm
  • Sunday, April 7, 12-4pm

 Audition request sign-ups begin February 4.*

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.