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Work hard, play hard? Not at Opera Camp. We have so much fun that we forget it’s work. Samuel Bindschadler, a past camper, tells us about his experience from a few years ago in Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle (which also happens to be this summer’s production). Read what he has to say below.
Are you between the ages of 9-17 years old, and looking to get on stage and have fun this summer? We have a spot for you at Opera Camp just for you! The three-week intensive is back, where you rehearse and perform an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Whether you’ve mastered your first Mozart piece, or you’ve never sung a note, you’ll find your voice here.
Why should you join Opera Camp? We could tell you…But instead we asked the experts. Keep reading to find out what former Opera Campers have to say about why they love Opera Camp.
Every summer, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion fills up with students ages 9-17 for LA Opera’s Opera Camp. This year, the program has expanded and we have over 70 campers learning everything there is to know about opera. Over the next three weeks, they will present TWO fully-staged operas for friends, family and the community.
I’d been refreshing my email constantly for days on end, anxiously waiting for the email holding my fate. I auditioned for Opera Camp about a month earlier, and had been waiting for the results ever since. I’d found out about the program when I’d auditioned for Noah’s Flood months before. Patience however, was slowly edging its way out of my grasp. Then, suddenly I saw it:
Congratulations! We would like to inform you that you have been accepted and cast for our 16/17 Opera Camp!!!!
And so it began.
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UPDATE: Maestro James Conlon will be conducting both performances of Brundibár.
One of our beloved Opera Camp’s teaching artists, Judy Johnson, started performing at the age of eight. She sang in church, studied voice in high school and college, and then worked as an actress in Los Angeles. In 2014, she loved her life as an actress, but realized something was missing. After a life spent performing, Johnson wanted to give back to her community in another way.
That desire combined with her love of opera led her to become an LA Opera teaching artist.
Her first role with LA Opera was as Assistant Director for last year’s Opera Camp production of Then I Stood Up. Her enthusiasm for the work and her passion for teaching our campers shines through.
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An Innovative Summer Camp
For the past 17 years, we’ve hosted Opera Camp. It is a two-week immersive program where students aged 9-17 experience all aspects of opera production, guided by LA Opera artists. They are coached in singing, movement and learn about staging, scenic and prop design, and stage management.
Our campers have arrived this week. They’ve been rehearsing and exploring the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
But, our campers are also learning about something else.
Opera Camp connects campers to the past and to today’s toughest issues. It brings context to headlines and shows students their potential to impact the world.
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Chaya Forman and Luz Duran love to sing. Chaya used to sing with the National Children’s Chorus, while Luz loves singing pop songs and can easily break into a rendition of Alicia Keyes’ “Girl On Fire.” They’re also both rising seventh graders and will spend two weeks of their summer at LA Opera’s Opera Camp, rehearsing and performing Then I Stood Up, a youth opera about the contributions of young people to the Civil Rights Movement.
It’s also their first year in the camp and they’re loving the experience so far. We spoke with the girls to get a sense of what life is like for a first year camper.
Jesus and Diego Lopez (17 and 10, respectively) wanted nothing to do with classical music. When their mother, Beatriz Zaragoza, played classical music in the car, the boys complained. This all changed when the family discovered LA Opera’s Zarzuela Project.
With the Community Opera Choruses Network, LA Opera engages people from around LA County (with a concentrated focus on East LA) to explore opera. The Zarzuela Project is a key component of this network. Led by a team of LA Opera teaching artists, the project accepts all ages and weekly rehearsals are held at Salesian High School in East LA. Fernandez’s students rehearse various Zarzuelas and perform them at partner venues around the community. It is a project that is very dear to LA Opera General Director Plácido Domingo, whose parents were both Zarzuela singers.
Today’s headlines are filled with stories of inequality, injustice and hate. Understanding our role in changing the world can be daunting. Through its annual Opera Camp program, LA Opera is teaching kids 9 – 17 how every action counts.
For the the past 15 years, LA Opera has hosted Opera Camp, a two-week immersive program where campers learn about opera – the artistry, the production, the skills – and prepares them to perform one. Every year, between 50 and 60 children and teens participate in the camp. … Continue reading
At LA Opera, we’re not just invested in putting on a great show—we also want to make long-lasting memories. So why not enhance your own memories and take advantage of your trip to Downtown Los Angeles with an evening (or afternoon) full of dining, dancing or even a giant slide that overlooks the city?
We’ve been in downtown for a long time, and we’re so excited with all the new developments in our neighborhood. We got you covered with a list of fun activities all within a mile or two from the opera house—so whether you’re a student looking for fun cheap thrills or really want to treat yourself, there is something for every opera-goer on any budget.
LA Opera experienced many firsts in 2018. From Emmy Award-winning artists making their debuts to stunningly powerful world premieres on our Off Grand stage, we are proud of our accomplishments over the last 12 months.
The LA Opera family thanks you for making our 2018 so successful. As we wind down for the holidays, take a look at some highlights throughout this monumental year.