Are you between the ages of 9 and 17 years old, and looking to get on stage and have fun this summer?

Join Opera Camp and find your voice. Everyone is welcome, no matter how much experience you have (or don't have). You just have to want to perform.

Auditions for Opera Camp 2020 will be announced in early 2020.

Make Art

Get ready to sing and move and challenge yourself. Opera Camp is an enriching three-week program (July 15-August 3), where you will rehearse and perform an opera. It's an intense, but fun-filled experience, running from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday, and culminating in public performances of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle on Saturday, August 3. Opera Camp takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Yes, you get to perform at the opera house.)


Art has the power to connect us all and turn strangers into family. Opera Camp is the place to meet people who love the arts as much as you do. Find your tribe with us this summer.


Artists have the ability to change the world (yes, that means you). Opera Camp productions feature stories of social justice. You will learn about the real-life story of the opera, take field trips and hear directly from people who lived the history. Want to know more? Check out a sample schedule here.


This special production will weave together suites of music from three previous Opera Camp productions: Hans Krása’s World War II-era Brundibár, which was performed by children imprisoned in the Terezín concentration camp; the original work Friedl, about a woman who secretly taught art to the children of Terezín; the original work The White Bird of Poston, set during World War II in an Japanese internment camp in Arizona; and Then I Stood Up, reflecting on the Civil Rights Act of 1964. (See summaries of each show at the "read more" link below.)


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Generous support for Opera Camp from
The Opera League of Los Angeles
The California State Library, Civil Liberties Project

Friedl was composed by Eli Villanueva, with a libretto by Leslie Stevens. It's the story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, an Austrian artist and teacher who secretly taught art to the children in Terezín. Before she was killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau, she hid away the children’s drawings in a suitcase, ensuring that at least their art would survive.

Brundibár was written by Czech composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister on the eve of World War II. Two children, Annette and Little Joe, sing to raise money for their sick mother, but the cruel organ-grinder Brundibár would rather they keep silent. With the help of a cat, dog and bird, good triumphs over evil, and music has the last word.

The White Bird of Poston by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens is set during World War II in a Japanese internment camp. It tells the story of a Japanese teenage girl who forms a bond with a Native American boy while living at the Poston Internment Camp, located on the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Arizona. Through their friendship, they help each other rediscover their cultural traditions and history.

Then I Stood Up by composer Eli Villanueva and librettist Leslie Stevens highlights inspiring young adults of the Civil Rights Movement whose personal bravery in the face of racist social systems led to major change. Claudette Colvin, Carlotta Walls, members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and more fight for what’s right. It’s not just what you stand for – it’s the moment when you actually stand up.