Experience world-class opera performances and explore careers in opera and beyond. Hear from the artists and behind-the-scenes professionals about their experience working in the arts. Later this season, it’s on to the theater for a full-scale, nearly opening night ready dress rehearsal performance. 

Things to know:

  • Tickets are free.  We invite all parents, guardians, and teachers to apply to the program while students are learning from home.
  • Students can watch the can watch the online operas together as a class, or they can be assigned act by act.
  • Teachers must attend required in-service for in-person events (psst..we make it super fun). For online productions, teachers must schedule an overview call with LAO Connects staff. 
  • Teachers can bring up to 50 students and chaperones for in-person rehearsals.
  • This is an amazing way to incorporate arts material into your lesson plans for (nearly) any subject. 

2020/21 Dates and Operas

  • The Girl of the Golden West by Giacomo Puccini (online PBS/Metropolitan Opera performance)
      Asynchronous Viewing of Opera and LA Opera Pre-Talk 
      Pre-Talk Date and Time: Monday, October 5th at 6:30pm LIVE; afterward available as a recording
  • The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (online LA Opera performance)
      Saturday, November 14 at 5pm 
      Pre-Talk Date and Time: Thursday, October 29th at 4:00pm LIVE, afterward available as a recording
  • Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounoud (online PBS/Metropolitan Opera performance)
      Asynchronous Viewing of Opera and LA Opera Pre-Talk
      Pre-Talk Date and Time: Wednesday, November 18th, at 4:00pm LIVE, afterward available as a recording
  • Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (in-person LA Opera dress rehearsal)
      Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 11:00am (pre-talk at 9:30am)
      REQUIRED Teacher In-Service: Saturday, January 23, 2021 from 9:00am-11:30am
  • Aida by Giuseppe Verdi (in-person LA Opera dress rehearsal)
       Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 2:00pm (pre-talk at 12:30)
       REQUIRED Teacher In-Service: Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 9:00am-11:30am


Program guide
Click here to download a PDF describing the program requirements and how to apply. 

Applications are accepted until the program is full (applications must be approved by LA Opera). To find out if applications are still being accepted, please email us at Connects@LAOpera.org or call 213.972.3157. 

Leadership support for Opera Prep from the
Max H. Gluck Foundation

Additional support from
Wells Fargo
The Blue Ribbon
The Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund