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). Students explore Mexican folklore through Journey to Córdoba, an original opera by Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks. The opera tells the story of Miranda, a teenage girl from Los Angeles, who is sent to Mexico to visit her grandmother. The journey is an important one for her; for along the way, she learns about her heritage and herself. 

Things to know:

  • Students perform on stage with professional opera singers, musicians, 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), and run August 24 - October 30, 2020.
  • Performances take place between November 9-20, 2020.
  • 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 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on August 20, 2020.
  • Enrollment is open for up to 10 schools within a 30-mile radius of the Music Center.
  • The school participation fee is $1,500.


Questions? Send us an email or call 213.972.3157.

Generous support for Secondary In-School Opera from
California Arts Council