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 we present The Wreck of the Miranda, an original youth opera commissioned by LA Opera Connects, written by composer Nathan Wang and librettist Matthew Leavitt. 

The Wreck of the Miranda is set in a seaside town in Southern California. When the residents of their town begin to fall mysteriously ill, eco-conscious high school student Eva becomes suspicious that a recent shipwreck is to blame. She has to learn to put aside her differences and work together with popular student Angela to change the tide of public opinion in a town that's propped up entirely by the fishing industry. Together with their school, played by the chorus of students, they must conduct research, collect data and confront the mega-corporation to hold them responsible.

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, for one class period (between 9am and 3pm). Performances will occur on one weekday between November 4-15.
  • 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 Tuesday, August 13, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • 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 will be accepted through Tuesday, August 6, or until the program is full.

Click here to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Generous support for this program from the
California Arts Council
Employee Community Fund of Boeing

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