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 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