It’s Not Sleep Away Camp, It’s Opera Camp!

Katie and Annie Lee rehearse “Everything Breathes” from <em>The White Bird of Poston</em>. They are led here (off-camera) by teaching artists Leslie Stevens and Charlie Kim.

Katie and Annie Lee rehearse “Everything Breathes” from The White Bird of Poston. They are led here (off-camera) by teaching artists Leslie Stevens and Charlie Kim.

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.

While most kids at camp are canoeing and crafting, kids at Opera Camp are learning. Students experience all aspects of opera production, guided by LA Opera artists. They are coached in singing, movement and learn about staging, set and costume design.

They also get to explore the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with backstage tours and craft workshops led by the LA Opera staff.

But these kids are getting much more than that out of the experience. Opera Camp connects campers to the past and to today’s toughest issues. It brings context to headlines and shows them their impact on the world. Last year, as part of the camp’s program and in preparation for the opera, campers met with community leaders at Watts Labor Community Action Committee and visited the Japan-America National Museum.

Opera Camp 2016 is just around the corner! Applications will be accepted starting February 22 auditions will be held in the spring. Click here to learn more about opera camp and apply.

LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.
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