Education Program

OperaEncounter is Long Beach Opera's suite of innovative education and outreach programs designed to develop local students’ appreciation and understanding of the arts and to create opportunities for personal and community growth.  OperaEncounter sparks students’ interest in the world of opera and engages them to explore issues of tolerance, racism, ethics, social responsibility, and personal strength. Students will emerge from these programs as well-rounded members in the community and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts.

OperaEncounter currently includes three programs: LBOMG! (for college students), OperaAccess (for high school and college students) and [email protected] (for elementary, middle school and high school students). Since OperaEncounter’s inception in 2007, over 28,000 students have participated from local districts, especially in the inner-city areas of Long Beach and greater Los Angeles.


LBO invites college and university students to join LBOMG! (Long Beach Opera Musicians’ Group).  For an annual membership of just $45, members enjoy a number of exclusive perks and privileges, including:

  • A custom-designed student subscription to three productions from our 2017 season:  The Fairy Queen, The Perfect American, and As One.  You’ll get the best available seat in the house for each event!
  • Exclusive meet-ups following each performance with fellow LBOMGers and Dr. Kevin to talk about LBO's latest production.
  • Two tickets to LBO Cinema events at the Art Theatre in Long Beach, featuring films that amplify themes in our 2017 season productions.
  • One ticket for a Met in HD Broadcast at the Long Beach Marina Pacifica 12 Cinema during the 2017 season!


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LBO offers junior high and high school students a live opera performance of The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigori Frid, along with an interactive workshop introducing students to opera and a powerful discussion with an actual Holocaust survivor (subject to availability). Teachers are provided with a resource packet that includes additional lesson plans and activities to enhance the learning experience for students.

The Diary of Anne Frank

LBO offers elementary students grades K–2 a live opera performance of Monkey See, Monkey Do by Robert Xavier Rodríguez, a delightful operatic setting of a familiar Mexican folk tale.  Perfect for both English-speaking and bilingual audiences, Monkey See, Monkey Do provides an immersive experience in Hispanic music and culture while teaching valuable lessons about cooperation and problem-solving.

LBO offers elementary school students grades 2–5 a live opera performance of The Playground King by Sara Squire. The Playground King uses familiar arias and ensembles from opera and operetta to teach children valuable lessons about problem-solving, cooperation and sharing, and confronting bullying behavior from other students.  This “outside-the-box” production is performed outdoors on the school’s playground equipment!

[email protected] programs are recognized by the LA County Commission for the Arts for meeting the CA Education Standards in subjects including visual and performing arts, language arts, history, and social science.  Click here to see our listing with detailed info about the programs, including alignment with California content standards.

Opera Access

OperaAccess invites high schools and colleges to attend the final dress rehearsal of an LBO production. Students and faculty are eligible for free admission to an exclusive sneak preview performance before opening night. 

OperaAccess productions for 2017 include:

  • The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell
    Friday, January 20, 2:30PM at the Beverly O’Neill Theater, Long Beach
  • The Perfect American by Philip Glass
    Friday, March 10, 3PM at the Terrace Theater, Long Beach 
  • As One by Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed
    Friday, May 12, 3PM at the Beverly O’Neill Theater, Long Beach

OperaEncounter needs you!

Help inspire the next generation of opera audiences and artists!

Reserve your performance with Dr. Kevin St. Clair, Associate Director of Engagement, at 562.432.5934 or via email here.


“Live, on-campus opera performances are so rare and to have a workshop prior is a luxury. The opera was engaging and it was great for the students to experience what an opera is like. It was a different and creative way to teach about the life of Anne Frank.”   (Teacher, Jefferson Leadership Academy)

“I thank LBO for this once in a lifetime experience. In fact, this was my first opera experience and LBO made it worth remembering!”   (Student, Tincher Preparatory School)

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