Our Teaching Artists will help your students learn their parts in The Prospector, a kid-friendly opera based on The Girl of the Golden West.

This story is set in a gold rush camp in the mountains of California where Minnie owns a saloon and takes care of all the miners there. Through the story we learn about forgiveness and second chances as the Sheriff allows Minnie, and the outlaw she has fallen in love with, to depart to find their own happiness. (Psst…teachers can integrate California history content with this opera.) After five weeks, they’re ready to join professional opera singers on stage and perform in front of their community. Watch your students transform: gaining confidence, knowledge and a love of music that will stay with them for life.

Things to know:

  • Students perform on stage with sets, lighting and stage crew from LA Opera Connects.
  • Provides cross-curricular ties with California history.
  • Teachers must attend a required orientation via Zoom on December 15, 2022.
  • Students meet once a week for five weeks, January 9 through February 3, 2023. Performance days will be scheduled between February 13 and March 3, 2023.
  • All workshops are scheduled for one class period, one day, each week between 9am and 3pm.
  • Enrollment is open for up to 15 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.
  • Maximum of 70 students per school from the 4th and/or 5th grade
  • The school participation fee is $1,500.


Applications for this program are accepted throughout the year and participation is dependent on availability.

Elementary In-School Opera + (EISO+): Introducing kids to offstage magic
Show your students that you don’t have to be a performer to play a vital role in an opera production with EISO+.  4th and 5th graders use math and measurement skills to build model sets based on the production of The Prospector. (Hello cross-curriculum, STEAM learning!) On performance day they get to show off their designs to the audience.

Students will:

  • Employ critical thinking skills to make their selections based on the libretto
  • Learn to build their set within a budget
  • Defend their design choices (never too early to practice for that PhD)
  • Show off their finished designs on performance day
  • Students meet once a week for five weeks, January 9 through February 3, 2023

Things to know:

  • 45 students can enter the program
  • This is a separate set of students from the performers. 


Click here to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Generous Support for Elementary In-School Opera from 
The Music Man Foundation
The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust 
John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation