3 Reasons Teens Should Check Out Opera

Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

I remember the night I was getting ready to see my sister perform in the children’s chorus in LA Opera’s production of Georges Bizet’s Carmen. I was nine years old and it was my first opera. As I stressed over what to wear, I kept imagining what it would be like when I opened the doors to the Dorothy Chandler: Hundreds of sophisticated adults in expensive outfits sipping champagne and discussing the show, and meanwhile I’d be sitting there feeling under dressed, under prepared, and terribly confused as to what they were even talking about.

Years later, I’m here to tell you to have no fear. For any of you with concerns about how to approach the opera, I would actually argue that opera is very easy to relate to (and also very enjoyable!). Here are a few reasons why:

If you still have any doubts, I encourage you to come to some of the education events held by LA Opera . There, you can ease your way into the opera experience, and you can also be sure to have a great time. (Coincidentally, today 2000 students from multiple schools across the Greater Los Angeles community are coming to see the final dress rehearsal of The Magic Flute through the Operawise Program.)

Yes, it may seem a bit scary at first. But believe me: conquer your fear, give opera a shot, and you’re sure to be blown away.

Chloe Harris is a junior studying theater at LA County High School for The Arts and part of the LA Opera’s Ambassador Program.

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