LA Opera has several education and community programs offering teachers and students, offering them a taste of the many careers students can pursue in the future. Opera Prep is one of those programs. It offers teachers the opportunity to bring their students to the opera, as well as introduce them to some of the most talented professionals in the arts world.
Before seeing the final dress rehearsal of a main stage production, teachers and students go behind the scenes and meet people working in various careers in the opera world – singers, directors, production managers, associate conductors, and costume designers. These pre-talks feature LA Opera professionals describing what they do for the company, what challenges they overcome in their job, their educational paths, and what inspired them to pursue a career in the arts. Students learn opera is not just about singing; there are in fact a variety of career opportunities open to them in the field.
This season we’ve extended our Opera Prep program to include a dress rehearsal of The Hubble Cantata, one of our Off Grand productions taking place at the Ford Theatres in Hollywood. Unique to this special event, students will hear from renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio and Dr. Laura Danly, curator at the Griffith Observatory. The Hubble Cantata features a virtual reality component which incorporates photography from the Hubble Telescope. Participating teachers also attended an orientation at the Griffith Observatory, with a special presentation about the telescope by Dr. Danly.
In the same week, more students will come to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see General Director, Plácido Domingo, perform the title role in Verdi’s Nabucco. Following the career pre-talk that evening, students will get an up-close view of the rehearsal from the orchestra section, as well as the staff overseeing and working the production. Students will experience first-hand how all the pieces of an opera puzzle come together and witness its grandeur on stage.
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