What: Los Angeles middle and high school students will experience the West Coast premiere of Omar, LAO's first mainstage opera by Black composers (Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels). The opera is inspired by the life of Omar Ibn Said, whose 1831 autobiography is the only known American narrative of slavery written in Arabic.

The students will attend the final dress rehearsal of the opera for free through LA Opera's Opera Prep program, generously supported by Wells Fargo and the Max H. Gluck Foundation. Opera Prep introduces local students to the art form and prepares them for their experience at the opera. The program provides access for students, frequently from Title I schools, who might not otherwise be able to experience the performing arts.

A pre-show program introduces students to artists and behind-the-scenes production members who share their stories about careers in the arts. In the weeks before the performance, teachers can have LA Opera educators come to their classrooms to help them prepare the students for the experience by learning about the history and context of the opera.

Before the performance, Wells Fargo will surprise participating teachers with a total of $5,000 in financial assistance for arts programs. As Presenting Sponsor of Omar, Wells Fargo is also providing free buses for students who need transportation as well as providing dinner for the students before the pre-show talk.

Student attendees come from :

  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Compton Unified School District

Speakers will include:

When: Thursday, October 20, 2022

  • Suggested media arrivals at 5:00pm to capture all visual elements
  • 5:15pm-5:45pm student bus arrivals
  • 6pm pre-show program begins
  • 7:15pm Wells Fargo $5,000 check presentation to teachers
  • 7:30pm opera performance begins

Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles Music Center, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90012

Interview & Visual Opportunities:

  • students arriving at the Music Center in buses
  • costume displays
  • interviews with students and teachers
  • interviews with LAO staff including Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, the company's new Vice President for educational and community engagement programming

LA Opera Media Contact
Luz Villarreal
Director of Communications

Generous support for Opera Prep by

Presenting Sponsor
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