Secondary students break the mold of traditional school productions as they turn their auditorium into a world-class opera house.

Arts and education meet at our In-School Opera Workshops. Ten weeks spent with LA Opera artists fly by as students sharpen their performance skills and perform a full-scale opera (and master some Common Core and VAPA standards, too). This fall, students will perform The Letter by composer Shane W. Cadman, a work inspired by Edmond Rostand’s classic drama Cyrano de Bergerac. This opera follows a group of students as they grapple with the same issues of unrequited love, language and perception as in the original masterpiece. Founded in a great work of literature, this is a superb way to integrate the arts into the overall curriculum and an example of how easily the classics can be applied to daily life.

Things to know:

  • Students perform on stage with professional opera singers, dancers, sets, lighting and stage crew from LA Opera.
  • Covers Common Core Standards and VAPA standards.
  • Workshops are once a week for 10 weeks, (August 22-October 28) for one class period (between 9am and 3pm). Performances will occur on one day between November 7-18).
  • Extensive teaching materials and lesson plans are provided to connect the program to literature, social science, history, world cultures and language skills.
  • Teachers must attend a required orientation via Zoom on August 16, 2022 at 4:30pm.
  • Enrollment is open for up to 10 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.
  • Maximum of 50 students per school.
  • The in-person school participation fee is $1,500.

Applications are now closed.

Click here to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Generous support for Secondary In-School Opera from
The Music Man Foundation
Louis and Harrold Price Foundation                                     
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. Paul Eisenberg
The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation              
John and Beverly Stauffer Foundation        
Sidney Stern Memorial Trust