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: LBO Opera Access! (for college students), LBOMG! (for high school 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 Opera Access!

LBO invites students and faculty to join the Opera Access program!

See the final dress rehearsal of every LBO show for free and speak to a member of LBO staff about a career in the arts. E-mail [email protected] for dates and to RSVP.

See any opera in the 2019 season for just $15, request your college discount code from your music teacher.

Or for just $12.50 an opera, students can see every show in the 2020 season! (Students only, valid college ID required). Will be available starting fall 2019.

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[email protected]

[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. 

The Diary of Anne FrankLBO 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 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!



LBOMG! invites high school students 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.  

OperaEncounter needs you!

Help inspire the next generation of opera audiences and artists!
Reserve your performance, please contact:

(562) 470- SING (7464) x114


Hear what people are saying about our education programs

Several teachers mentioned how much they enjoyed opera and that it was good to be reminded of this fact. Students enjoyed the performance as a whole and several of my students mentioned that they want to go into the arts as adults. We discussed the problem solving methods used by the actors in “The Playground King” and how Elliott students could apply similar methods to solve playground and other types of problems. Several girls and one boy are dancers and singers and this just encouraged them to go on with their dreams Bernadette M.T. (William F. Elliott Elementary School)
Awesome! Opera is something that students and teachers rarely encounter, so it was wonderful to be able to bring this medium to them. I also thought the connection to bullying was a great way to ground opera in something that students already know about. Eveline H. (Willow Elementary School)
Using the school’s playground as a stage was really engaging for the students, since it is a very familiar and relatable setting for them. It was also very exciting for students to see a live opera performance, complete with live music and sound effects.........Teachers liked that they could go back to their classrooms and discuss many different aspects of the performance such as bullying issues or about opera itself. As for the students, after the performance many students were interested and excited about opera. Some of them were even singing as they returned to class! Judy K. (Gonsalves Elementary)




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This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at
Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission