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"I love this beyond words!"
From a letter written by a high school student who participated in LA Opera 90012

Through its many partnerships with schools, LA Opera has the great honor to share the deep emotions, profound dramas, and beautiful music that combine to make opera with thousands of middle and high school students each year. Through programs such as in-school workshops and residencies, the exciting new Opera Prep program, Voices for Tolerance, LA Opera 90012, assemblies and even Opera Clubs on campus, LA Opera offers numerous ways for students to discover a passion for the art form. Some will be inspired by performing in an opera alongside LA Opera professionals while others will become enthralled with the possibility of a new kind of career thanks to a behind-the-scenes tour or workshop. Still others will realize that they have never experienced the level of expert performance they witness when they attend a LA Opera main stage performance. Each of LA Opera's programs for secondary students instills knowledge and appreciation of the operatic arts, as well as inspires students to see the world in new ways.

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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, where ten weeks 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 Greek myth through Orpheus, an updated and operatic version of the legend written by librettist Matthew Leavitt and composer Nathan Wang.


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 9:00am and 3:00pm)
  • 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
  • Enrollment is open for up to 10 schools within a 30-mile radius of The Music Center
  • The school participation fee is $1,500



CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Support for the Secondary In-School Opera is provided by
Beatrice and Paul F. Bennett
The Binder Foundation 

California Arts Council 


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Bring Your Students to the Opera and Make Career Connections
OPERA PREPOpera Prep combines the opportunity to see one of LA Opera's productions and experience a behind-the-scenes encounter with one of the many careers that bring the productions to the stage, for free. Teachers may choose to apply to bring their students to a final dress rehearsal (or performance) for one of LA Opera's mainstage, world-class operas. LA Opera will assist teachers in preparing their students and chaperones through an in-service seminar. Teachers will receive an educators' guide, a CD and/or DVD of the opera, cross-curriculum activities and a visit by a member of LA Opera's Community Educators program.


Opera Prep 18/19 Season 

18/19 Season Application: CLICK HERE



El Gato Montes: The Wildcat by Manuel Penella
Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
Opera Pre-Talk at 6:00pm
Teacher In-Service: Saturday April 13, 2019 from 9:00am-11:30am

Approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 2:00pm
Opera Pre-Talk at 12:30pm
Teacher In-Service: Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9:00am-11:30am

Approx. 2 hours and 55 minutes

18/19 Season Application: CLICK HERE

Program Guide: CLICK HERE to download PDF describing the program requirements and how to apply.

Deadlines: Applications accepted until program is full (applications must be approved by LA Opera). To find out if applications are still being accepted, please email educom@laopera.org or call 213.972.3157.

Accepted teachers will be required to attend a mandatory in-service. Teachers can apply to bring a maximum of 50 students and chaperones by submitting one original lesson plan and one chaperone guide based on information provided by LA Opera.

Cast to Class

Attending an Opera Prep event? Invite a member of the cast to join you in the classroom and speak to your students! Teachers who complete all the protocols for the Opera Prep program, including in-service attendance, a submitted accompanying lesson plan, and student participation in the pre and post surveys are eligible for our Cast to Class program. Availability is limited. Call 213.972.3157 for more information. 
Leadership support for Opera Prep from the
Max H. Gluck Foundation
Additional support from
Wells Fargo
The Blue Ribbon
Music Performance Trust Fund
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LA Opera 90012: Mini Subscription

Are you a student in grades 7-12? Enter to win a free mini-subscription (for you and a chaperone) to see stunning LA Opera productions. From the first note to the final bow, you’ll have prime seats to four dazzling and diverse operas. You’ll meet people your age who love the arts as much as you do at special events, dinners and at the shows. All you have to do is tell us why you want to see an opera, and we’ll make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

Applications for the 2019/20 Season will open in Spring of 2019


Satyagraha by Philip Glass
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30pm
Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 7:30pm
The Clemency of Titus by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30pm
El Gato Montés: The Wildcat by Manuel Penella
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30pm

Applications for this season are closed.


You know you love opera, you’re 90012 alumni. Share your knowledge, deepen your friendships and gain valuable experience as a 90012 Ambassador. You’ll have inside access to LA Opera administrators, be an integral part of the events and learn how to give everyone access to this amazing art form. And of course, you’ll get to see all four operas in the mini-subscription, too.

Applications for 90012 Ambassadors for the 2019/20 Season will open in Spring of 2019


To learn about other programs for students contact us at educom@laopera.org or 213.972.3157.

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Classroom teachers partner with LA Opera teaching artists to create, multi-week, choral programs that foster a love of music and are integrated into the curriculum, featuring themes of community building, social justice, and cooperative action. Projects culminate in live performance and have included original opera based on classroom personal heritage projects, choral recitals exploring folk and protest music from around the world, and a pageant inspired by the Greek Olympics. Voices for Tolerance schools are invited to attend opera performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The program also provides shorter, intensive residencies to certain rural and underserved schools.

For more information and availability, please CLICK HERE to contact us via email or call 213.972.3157.

Support for this program is provided by
The California State Library

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