Students deserve access to the career of their dreams—that's why we’re proud to once again offer the Russell Thomas Youth Artist Training Academy.

Going into its third year, the Russell Thomas Youth Artist Training Academy prepares Los Angeles high school students—particularly those from underserved communities—for future careers in opera. The comprehensive, multi-year program includes weekly vocal and movement workshops and performance opportunities for the students. New to opera? That’s okay. This program is designed for students who have a talent for singing, a desire to explore opera and a willingness to work hard.


  • 30 weeks (six hours per week)
  • Open to students ages 15-18 who will be enrolled in high school during the 2024/25 school year
  • Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Features performance opportunities
  • Includes weekly voice lessons, plus acting and movement sessions
  • Participants will receive a scholarship stipend

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at or call us at 213.972.3157.

Click "read more" to learn more about LA Opera's COVID safety guidelines.

The health and wellbeing of our staff and program participants is of the utmost importance to us, and LA Opera will continue to monitor evolving guidance and best practices regarding health and safety and accordingly update our Covid safety practices.

Program participants will be required to follow health and safety protocols in LA Opera’s then-current health and safety plan, which may include a requirement to wear a mask, take Covid tests, and/or provide proof of vaccination. More information will be provided closer to the start of the program. 

Generous support for this program from
The L.L. Foundation for Youth
The Adler Family

LA Opera Connects is generously supported by
Emanuel Treitel Trust
The Green Foundation
The Music Man Foundation