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Opera for Educators


Opera for Educators

Teachers who complete the Opera for Educators series are eligible for LAUSD Salary Point Credit. Professional, post-baccalaureate unit credit is offered through UCLA Extension.

LA Opera's award-winning Opera for Educators series explores opera from an interdisciplinary point of view. Gain insight about opera and the historical context in which it was created. Discuss opera as history and art, as well as learn the language associated with this encompassing art form. Learn all about the stars and artists of the opera world, as well as the production and business of opera. Enjoy recitals and rehearsals, and receive special opera news updates.  

Program Details

Dates: All sessions take place on Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

2017/18 Season

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Georges Bizet Day, Carmen and The Pearl Fishers

Saturday, October 7 2017
Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, January 20, 2018
Candide by Leonard Bernstein (Celebrating 100 years)

Saturday, February 24, 2018
Orpheus and Eurydice by Christoph Willibald Gluck

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Crossing by Matthew Aucoin and American Opera and Voices

Enrollment in programs does not include admission to mainstage opera productions. 

$20 per session
$105 for the 6-class series

LAUSD Salary Points:

There are two formats for earning one salary point: 15 hours of class time with 30 hours of homework/preparation, and 30 hours of class time with no homework/preparation.

For LA Opera Professional Development a total of 2 salary points are available by taking 30 hours of class time and 60 hours of homework/preparation. You can combine classes from Discover Opera and Opera for Educators to achieve the 6 classes needed.

Please see our Salary Point Guidelines as well as Homework Menu and Rubrics to view homework assignments which can be combined to achieve total homework hours needed.

Online registration will be open until classes are filled.


  • Saturday August 26, 2017 09:00 AM
  • Saturday October 07, 2017 09:00 AM
  • Saturday January 20, 2018 09:00 AM
  • Saturday February 24, 2018 09:00 AM
  • Saturday April 28, 2018 09:00 AM
  • Saturday May 12, 2018 09:00 AM

Generous support for LA Opera Professional Development Programs from
The Boeing Company

Susan Zolla, in memory of Edward M. Zolla