Opera Prep Shows Students Future Career Possibilities

Lee Blakeley (director of last season's Madame Butterfly) talks to Opera Prep students about his career.

Lee Blakeley (director of last season’s Madame Butterfly) talks to Opera Prep students about his career.

LA Opera has several education and community programs geared towards teachers and students and 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 and introduce them to some of the most talented professionals in the arts world.

Before seeing a dress rehearsal of a mainstage 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. In these career workshops, LA Opera professionals describe what they do for the company, what challenges they overcome in their position, and what inspired them to pursue a career in the arts. Through these discussions, students learn opera is not just about singing and that there are many career opportunities open to them in the field.

After their conversations with LA Opera professionals, students see an opera performed on the mainstage. They sit close to the stage in our orchestra seats, so that they not only watch the engaging performance but also get an intimate look at the La Opera staff working and manipulating the production to help make it the world class opera LA Opera presents. They experience, first hand, how all the pieces of an opera puzzle come together and witness its grandeur on stage.

For more information about Opera Prep, click here.

Opera Prep is made possible by a generous leadership grant from the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

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