This is it, the final dress rehearsal before opening night.

And you and your students are invited because we just can’t wait to share the show with you. Join us before the performance to meet the artists you’re about to see onstage as well as behind-the-scenes production members, sharing stories about their careers in the arts. Afterwards, it’s on to the theater for a full-scale, opening night ready performance. The show is about to begin, and we’ve saved a spot just for you.

Things to know:

  • Tickets are free.
  • Teachers must attend required a in-service (psst..we make it super fun and accessible via Zoom). Teachers have the option of attending the corresponding Opera for Educators session with an in-person in-service if they prefer.
  • Teachers can bring up to 50 students and chaperones.
  • This is an amazing way to incorporate arts material into your lesson plans for (nearly) any subject.

2021/22 Dates and Operas

Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7:30pm

Opera Pre-Talk at 6pm
Teacher In-Service via Zoom: Thurs., September 9 at 4pm
Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes

Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 2pm
Opera Pre-Talk at 12:30pm
Teacher In-Service via Zoom: Thurs., October 7 at 4pm
Approx. 4 hours

Cinderella (La Cenerentola) by Gioacchino Rossini
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:30pm
Opera Pre-Talk at 6pm
Teacher In-Service via Zoom: Tuesday, November 9, 4pm
Approx. 3 hours and 5 minutes

St. Matthew Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach
Monday, March 7, 2022 at 7:30pm

Opera Pre-Talk at 6pm
Teacher In-Service via Zoom: Thursday, February 24, 4pm
Approx. 4 hours

Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11am
Opera Pre-Talk at 9:30am
Teacher In-Service via Zoom: Tuesday, May 10, 4pm
Approx. 3 hours

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Program Guide 

Click here to download a PDF describing the program requirements and how to apply. 

Applications are accepted until the program is full (applications must be approved by LA Opera). To find out if applications are still being accepted, please email us at or call 213.972.3157. 

Looking for online resources to explore careers in opera? 

Click the button below for conversations with people working in the field as well as films and audio recordings of operas.
Opera Prep Online

Leadership support for Opera Prep from the
Max H. Gluck Foundation

Additional support from
The Blue Ribbon
Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund