LA Opera: For The Greater Good

Carmen (2012); Photo: Robert Millard

Carmen (2012); Photo: Robert Millard

Did you know that LA Opera is a non-profit?

Many people don’t realize that most arts organizations are non-profits, built to help people find common ground and an emotional connection.

LA Opera is no different. We strive to bring opera to everyone, because we know how opera’s unique combination of classical music, storytelling, and visual arts, when simultaneously shared with hundreds upon hundreds of people, can be awe-inspiring.

We can only do that with the generosity of our supporters.

Everything we do – the singing onstage, the music from the pit, the craftsmanship that sets the scene and the myriad of community events we host—is done with skill and talent that is second to none. We are dedicated to serving our community to the best of our ability. Our main thing is getting the art of opera out there to anyone who wants to experience it – whether you buy tickets regularly or experience opera in your hometown.

If you’ve ever experienced opera, you know that there’s something special about it. You feel it when you come to the theater. But, even if you’re watching an opera on television or listening to it on the drive home from work, it’s still like no other art form.

What makes opera so special?

Like all art, it brings people together.

Can you imagine a world without the arts? A world without film, music, paintings, sculptures, poetry, or opera? Imagine never having seen classic films such as Casablanca or It’s A Wonderful Life, never having read To Kill A Mockingbird or the earth-shattering poetry of Maya Angelou, or never having seen legendary operas like Carmen or La Bohème performed on the stage? How drastically different would your life be?

Whenever you meet someone for the first time and you hear the words, “Oh my gosh – I love that opera too, it’s my favorite!” the instant kinship can be riveting. The arts have a way of paving connections that otherwise seem impossible – a bridge of sympathy and understanding that’s unique to humans.

Beyond our world-class performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, we have programs for all ages to experience opera.

Opera Camp 2017

Opera Camp 2017

Opera Camp, for example, exposes children to social justice issues while honing their musical craft. Next month’s live free simulcast will broadcast the opera classic Carmen to the Santa Monica Pier or Expo Park, joining three audiences on one night in the experience.  All of it, from the stage to the community is made possible by the generosity of our supporters.

Our community needs LA Opera; the work we (and every arts organization) do is critical and worthy of financial support. As you explore non-profit organizations to support today, consider LA Opera and if you’re reading this and already do – Thank You! We could not do what we do without you.

To learn more about LA Opera, visit our website.

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