Giving Tuesday: My Opera Experience

The following is a personal story from Clemence Yi, an 8th grade student, who has participated in LA Opera’s education programs. As a non-profit organization, LA Opera relies on donations from individuals like you to fund programs that introduce students like Clemence to opera and ensure the art form thrives for generations to come.

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Clemence Yi on LA Opera

When I was five, my parents bought me a classical kids CD about Mozart’s The Magic Flute. I listened to it all the time and I started to be interested in opera. Then, I saw the full opera on DVD and I have loved opera ever since. I even saw my first live production at LA Opera when I was only seven years old: Gioacchino Rossini’s The Barber of Seville.

Watching all this opera at home and at LA Opera was great, but I really wanted to learn more.

Thankfully, I found all the great programs LA Opera puts together for kids and teens.

I started with Saturday Mornings at the Opera. This program has arts and crafts workshops before a really fun theatrical opera for young audiences.

Then, I joined Opera Camp and I truly began to understand how an opera gets staged. Since these other two programs, I have also become an ambassador for LA Opera 90012, promoting opera to young audiences. (I even got to meet Maestro James Conlonthrough this program!)

LA Opera’s programs have taught me so much about opera, including some fun facts I learned from Maestro Conlon’s opera talks. Did you know Beaumarchais put a lot of himself in the character of Figaro? I didn’t, but I am sure happy to know this now.

I encourage everyone to join one of LA Opera’s great programs and move into the world of opera. – Clemence Yi

Clemence Yi with Maestro Conlon

Clemence Yi with Maestro James Conlon

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