LA Opera: A Teacher’s Paradise

Last week during Arts in Education Week, LA Opera teaching artists spent the day working with students on Orpheus, an original youth opera commissioned by LA Opera, written by librettist Matthew Leavitt and composer Nathan Wang, based on the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. This is part of a program called Secondary In-School Opera, a ten-week performance workshop that provides secondary schools with a team of teaching artists and directors to show students what it takes to perform an opera. Students meet with the artists ten times to work on the opera between August and October with a performance in November – an engaging experience to foster interest in the world of opera.

Resident Stage Director Eli Villanueva working with students as part of LA Opera's Secondary In-School Opera Program

Resident Stage Director Eli Villanueva working with students as part of LA Opera’s Secondary In-School Opera Program

For more than 20 years, LA Opera has been exploring the magic of opera with schools, teachers and students from kindergarten through college, all over Southern California. Secondary In-School Opera is just one of the many education programs that make LA Opera a teacher’s paradise. Others include Opera Camp, Opera-U, and LA Opera 90012.

It all starts with teachers. Teachers make a lasting impact on the lives of their students and they guide them to be the leaders – and opera lovers – of the future. LA Opera works with teaching artists and in-school teachers and educators to provide students with long-lasting, influential operatic experiences.

This Saturday, LA Opera will continue this with the company’s newest program, “Teacherpalooza.” Teachers are invited to an “open house” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on September 26 at 1:30pm. K-12 educators will learn about the array of LA Opera programs and services offered to schools throughout the southland, take a backstage tour and get a glimpse at all it takes to stage an opera, hear a live opera recital, meet some of our opera stars and hear from the leaders who are forming the vision of the company.

If you’re a teacher (or know one), come spend a day with us and learn about your opera company and all it has to offer you and your students. Free of charge. Reservations required. Please contact educom@laopera.org or 213.972.3157 for reservations.

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