About Operawise

Welcome to the Operawise Application! This program is exclusively for college and university faculty so they may give their students a free, inside look at how opera productions are put together by attending an orchestra technical rehearsal. 

*Operawise is offered on the dates that the orchestra, chorus, and principals rehearse together for the first time on stage with sets and props, which is referred to as a technical rehearsal. 

We have two options for you to attend:

1. Operawise Standard (Only Rehearsal Viewing): Undergraduate and graduate students attend any of the available technical rehearsals.  This program begins at 7:30pm. Limited space available (100 max). 

2. Operawise Extension (Backstage Tour, Pre-Talk & Rehearsal Viewing): Undergraduate and graduate students are given an inside look on how an opera production is created by attending an LA Opera orchestra technical rehearsal on the main stage together with a career connection workshop/pre-talk and backstage tour. This exclusive program is tailored for students interested in design, technical theater and production and provides access to the design and technical theater professionals working at LA Opera. This program begins at 5:30pm (1.5 hours prior to the technical rehearsal). Professors will be able to sign up to bring a maximum of 25 students (for the pre-talk & backstage tour) as limited space will be available. 

Productions & Dates Available

Mandatory Orientation (for both groups) begins at 7:00pm 

  • La Bohème: Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • The Light in the Piazza: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 
  • The Magic Flute: Tuesday, October 12, 2019 
  • Eurydice: Tuesday January 28, 2020
  • Roberto Devereux: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Pelléas et Mélisande: Monday, April 27, 2020

How to apply

Professors may apply by submitting an application and an accompanying lesson plan detailing how they will prepare their students for the rehearsal. This experience may be enhanced by having an LA Opera Community Educator visit the classroom to further prepare the students and give them an insider's look at the opera. 

Upon application approval and your confirmation, you GUARANTEE that you are bringing at least 90% of the students you signed up. If you do not fill the 90% of the seats requested, you will no longer be invited to participate in the program. 

PLEASE NOTE: Rehearsals are closed to the public. For Operawise, only college and university faculty with their registered students are allowed to attend per this application. Thank you for your understanding. 

*All rehearsals will start with a MANDATORY orientation for you and your students. 


Primary Faculty Member/Applicant Information

Rehearsal Experience Request

7. Please select the orchestra technical rehearsal(s) you would like to attend:
8. Which Operawise experience would you like?

Extension Experience

Start time: 5:30pm (Pre-talk, backstage tour and rehearsal viewing)
*Since a limited number of spots are available for the pre-talk and backstage tour, students only interested in attending the viewing must arrive by 7:00pm
Skip to question 12.

Standard Viewing Experience

Start time: 7:00pm (Rehearsal Viewing Only)

General Information

13. Will your group be arriving by a hired bus?
14. Are you interested in scheduling a LA Opera Community Educator to present an opera talk prior to your attendance to one of the rehearsals?
15. Have you already attended Operawise this 2019/2020 Season?

New Applicant Information

Personal Information

College/University Information

27. What is your school type?

By submitting this application, I understand the following:

- LA Opera reserves the right to cancel rehearsal viewings at any time due to shifting production schedules.
- Only complete applications will be considered. Receipt of application does not guarantee a spot.
- LA Opera reserves the right to refuse admission to groups on the basis of past behavior or attendance problems.
- Student groups are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from the event.
- This program is only available to currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate students.
- If selected, a faculty/staff member must attend with their students.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the 2019/20 Operawise Application.
We will contact you to confirm receipt of your application, and your group's attendance to the rehearsal(s).
29. I acknowledge reading the above information and agree to the terms of participation.