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Education Program

OperaEncounter is Long Beach Opera's innovative education and outreach initiative which seeks not only to develop local students’ appreciation and understanding of the arts, but also to create opportunities for personal and community growth.

OperaEncounter sparks the students’ interests about the world of opera and engages them in exploring issues of tolerance, racism, ethics, social responsibility, and personal strength. Students will emerge as well rounded members in the community and gain an appreciation for the arts.

OperaEncounter currently includes two programs: OperaAccess and Opera@School. Since OperaEncounter’s inception in 2007, over 12,000 students have participated from local districts, especially in the inner-city area of downtown Long Beach.


Long Beach Opera announces the launch of LBOMG! – our new college/university student organization.

For an annual membership of just $49, members enjoy a number of exclusive perks and privileges, including:

  • A custom-designed student subscription to three productions from our 2015 season.
  • Exclusive meet-ups following each performance with Dr. Kevin St. Clair, LBO's Education Coordinator, where students can hang out with other LBOMG! members and talk about LBO's latest production.
  • Two free tickets to an LBO Cinema event, featuring films that amplify each of the operas presented during our upcoming season.
  • Opportunities to join Dr. Kevin for Met in HD Broadcasts at student ticket pricing in Long Beach during the 2015 season, followed by post-broadcast gathering in local venues. 

Interested? Call us at 562.432.5934 or email Michael Barnum to sign up today!


Opera@School Students with Gerda SeiffertLBO offers junior high students a live opera performance of The Diary of Anne Frank composed by Grigori Frid along with an interactive workshop introducing students to opera and a discussion with a Holocaust survivor. Teachers are provided with a resource packet, which includes additional lesson plans and activities to enhance the learning experience for students.

LBO offers high school students a live opera performance of Daughter of the Red Tzar by Lisa Scola Prosek, detailing Churchill's secret 1942 meeting with Stalin at which Churchill overcame his prejudice towards the Russians and Stalin his antipathy towards the British to forge an alliance that defeated Hitler and the Axis powers. This program also features an interactive session with the artists in character as Churchill and Stalin answering questions about the historical events in the opera. Teachers are provided with a resource packet which includes additional lesson plans and activities to enhance the learning experience for students.

Both Opera@School programs are recognized by the LA County Commission for the Arts for meeting the CA Education Standards for 8th graders concurrently in all subjects such as visual and performing arts, language arts, history, and social science.  Click here to see our listing with detailed info about the program, including its alignment with California content standards.

Opera Access

Opera Access invites high schools 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. Check back to see which upcoming productions and performance dates will be included in Opera Access for 2015.

OperaEncounter needs you!

Help inspire the next generation of opera audiences and artists through your generous donation or sign up as a volunteer.

Reserve your performance or sign up to volunteer with Dr. Kevin St. Clair, Education Coordinator, 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 Prep)

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