On April 21, LA Opera is hosting a master class for undergraduate and graduate students taught by Eli Villanueva, LA Opera’s resident stage director for education and community engagement. Five students from different schools across Los Angeles – chosen from LA Opera’s College Advisory Committee – will sing and Villanueva will coach them on performance and musicality. Students are encouraged to sign-up for the master class to learn the secrets behind compelling storytelling, musicality, and crafting a personalized approach to opera performance.
Master classes are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and on college campuses and offer students the chance to connect with the artists that make the opera magic happen. Students watch these professionals work and see firsthand what it takes to pursue careers in the arts – and in opera, specifically.
But, the master classes are just the tip of the iceberg. LA Opera has multiple programs that help college students master their opera skills. The highlight of these is the College Advisory Committee, from which students are selected for the master class.
The College Advisory Committee is all about advocating and promoting opera. Students learn about arts marketing and community engagement, while working closely with LA Opera staff to help shape the company’s future college programming. Then, the students apply what they’ve learned and act as ambassadors for opera on their campuses and at LA Opera events. Committee members are also privy to behind-the-scenes experiences, volunteer opportunities, and as mentioned above, master classes.
In addition, to the master classes, and the College Advisory Committee, LA Opera also invites college students to get an inside look at how productions are put together. As part of this program – called Operawise – faculty members apply to bring their students to orchestra tech rehearsals of LA Opera productions – a great opportunity for students studying opera, theater, and/or music to watch professional artists in action.
Whether students are interested in perfecting the craft of performance, learning how to market a major arts organization, or excited about seeing world-class directors in action, there’s a program for college students to get involved. Who knows? What begins with attending a master class might end with discovering a whole new career in or passion for the arts.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.