News for July/August 2019


Los Angeles Opera is offering everyone between the ages of 9 and 17 years old the chance to get on stage with the company and have fun this summer.

OPERA CAMP is a 3-week program (July 15-August 3) in which you will rehearse and perform an opera. The intense but enriching experience, running from 9am-3pm, Monday through Friday, will culminate in public performances of "Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle" on Saturday, Aug. 3. OPERA CAMP takes place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (yes, you will get to perform at that famed opera house).

OPERA CAMP will delve into the real-life story of the opera, which weaves together suites of music from three previous OPERA CAMP productions: Hans Krasa's WW II "Brundibar," which was performed by children imprisoned in the Terezin concentration camp; the original work "Friedl!," about a woman who secretly taught art to the children at Terezin; the original work, "The White Bird of Poston," set during WW II in a Japanese internment camp in Arizona; and "Then I Stood Up," reflecting on the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Campers will also take field trips and hear directly from people who lived through the history of the above stories. OPERA CAMP concentrates on stories of social justice.

You don't have to be a super-star to join OPERA CAMP, but auditions are necessary. You also don't have to be on stage to experience OPERA CAMP. Free tickets are now available to those who merely want to watch what these young opera-lovers do on stage.

To apply for an audition, go to L.A. Opera's website ( and scroll down to OPERA CAMP. Tuition to OPERA CAMP costs $1,195, which includes a $300 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance into the camp. Please note that a request for an audition does not guarantee an audition slot. Slots are limited and will be granted on a lottery basis with a wait list for overflow.

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