Summer always means new faces when we welcome our interns at LA Opera. Curious to know what it means to spend the summer at the opera? Hint: it’s more than just singing all day.
Learn more about our interns below!
Monica De Jesu – Administrative Associate Intern for Education and Community Engagement
Monica De Jesu is an incoming senior at Loyola Marymount University where she is majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in Music. Although her grandfather was a concertmaster for an opera house in Boston, she was inspired to apply for the internship by her Music History professor.
“Suddenly, pieces that I had always been familiar with from home were finally being connected to their respective operas,” said De Jesu. “My professor was so passionate about opera…that it would leave our class stunned, crushed, and ‘feeling all the feels’ after realizing that opera is far from boring.”
Jacob Middlekauff – Education and Community Engagement Summer Intern
Jacob Middlekauff is entering his senior year at Yale University as a History major. He is looking to pursue a career in arts administration. Although he isn’t an opera singer, he has a passion for singing as part of his school acapella group.
“It’s great to be around people in the office who enjoy listening to music as much as I do…especially when we’re all listening (and humming along) to the same thing,” Middlekauff stated.
Sadai Servin – Education and Community Engagement Intern
Sadai Servin is a recent graduate of Los Angeles City College and will attend the University of the Pacific this fall, majoring in Vocal Performance and Business.
“This is literally my dream job,” Servin said. But she is most excited to be a counselor at Opera Camp, which she says is “the biggest event the department does all summer. A lot of my work is preparing for the camp!”
Carolina Toledo – Public Relations and Archive Intern
Carolina Toledo is an incoming sophomore at Boston University, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in New England and American Studies. Opera has long been a passion of hers. She performed in Britten’s The Little Sweep for her first opera performance and was a participant in both Opera Camp and LA Opera 90012.
Toledo is busy helping prepare for the 2018/19 season. She said, “I love how we are able to get so much done, yet have fun while working. The LAO environment is light and uplifting, yet super productive.”
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