Volunteer Opportunities

The Opera League provides volunteers to support Los Angeles Opera Education and Student programs designed to expose students at all levels to all aspects of opera production, and to provide information to educators that can be integrated into class curriculums. 

NOTE: Volunteer Registration for events from August through December 2019 will be  available on LA Opera's Signup Genius page starting at 10AM on Sunday July 21, 2019

Click here for instructions on how to volunteer for these programs.

Student Programs

  • Opera Wise: College student participating in various disciplines and their teachers are invited to attend a working rehearsal during one of the current productions during which students observe the artists polish their performance, coordinate their skills with the orchestra and interact with members of the production team. Volunteers will, of course, be able to share this experience. A 4-hour commitment is required.
  • Opera Camp: For a volunteer opportunity that you might find fun, as well as educational, consider helping out at LAO’s Opera Camp, a program that blends singers and non-singers ages 9-17 in an opera specifically created for the program that blends community musicians with professionals. The earnestness and enthusiasm of all involved makes for a rewarding and very moving event.   A 4-hour volunteer commitment is required.
  • Opera Prep: High school students are invited to attend a seminar designed to encourage a career in the arts. Members of LAO’ orchestra, designers, directors and other professionals will contribute their expertise. Students will then enjoy the dress rehearsal of the current production. Volunteers will chaperone, as well as provide direction and information. A 6-hour commitment is required. Please note that for this program only LAO requires a background check, including a new set of fingerprints and a negative TB test.
  • Saturday Morning at the Opera: Los Angeles Opera conducts programs throughout the year designed for smaller children and their parents, many of whom are visiting the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the first time. Crafts are utilized to engage the children and increase the sense of fun. In that atmosphere all are treated to a performance of a specially designed short opera performance that introduces the young people to the art form, and illustrates the work required to put on an Opera production.Volunteers greet the participants, guide them to specific activities, serve as ushers throughout the morning, and may assist in helping children with arts and crafts projects. A 4-hour volunteer time commitment is required.
  • Elementary Student Matinees:  These programs are designed  for elementary school age children.  They are held on weekdays at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,  and feature a performance of various operas comissioned by Los Angeles Opera that are designed to provide an exciting exposure to Opera for young students at the Music Center.  Volunteers greet the participants, serve as ushers, and perform other duties.  A 4-hour volunteer time commitment is required. 
  • LA Opera Open Door Days:  Elementary school students, explore the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion through an interactive performance in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall followed by a behind- the-scenes tour of the opera house. Open Door Days invites the students to become a part of the story as we celebrate the many performers and audience members who have made the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion such a magical place.  Volunteers report at 9:30.  Performances begin at 10:30 and last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a 45-minute tour of the Opera House.  volunteers will greet, sign up the participants and provide direction.

Educator Programs

  • Opera for Educators:  During each season, the Los Angeles Opera Company Education and Community Outreach program invites teachers to participate in seminars held prior to the start of performances of each production.  Volunteers help register teachers attending these programs that focus on the current production. All are held on Saturday morning at the Music Center. Volunteer time commitment is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.   Outside experts and LAO staff members present lectures on the each opera, their history, production and style, using audio/visual assistance. Teachers utilize the talks to further their education and gain continuing education points from their school districts. Volunteer members of the OLLA Community Educators are also invited to attend to enhance their knowledge of opera and gain information that they can use in their future talks on Opera around the Southern California area. 
    Volunteers arrive an hour before the start of each session, usually at 8AM, and help in registration of the participants. The event starts at 9AM, and lasts until approximately 4PM. Volunteers are requested to stay until 11AM, and can stay for the full program if they wish to do so.

More Information

 For more information about volunteering for these programs:
leave a message for Larry Verdugo at the League’s 24-hour hotline

(213) 972-7220. 

Opera for Educators

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Opera Camp

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Opera Prep

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Saturday AM at the Opera

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LAO Open Door Days

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