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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 Opera@School (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 $49, members enjoy a number of exclusive perks and privileges, including:

  • A custom-designed student subscription to three productions from our 2016 season:  Candide, Fallujah, and La Voix Humaine.  You’ll get the best available seat in the house for the opening night performance of each production!
  • 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 2016 season productions.
  • One ticket for a Met in HD Broadcast at the Long Beach Marina Pacifica 12 Cinema during the 2016 season!



Opera@School Students with Gerda SeiffertLBO offers junior high 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! Teachers are provided with a resource packet that 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.

LBO offers elementary school students 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!

Opera@School 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 2016 include:

  • Candide by Leonard Bernstein
    Friday, January 22 at the Center Theater, Long Beach
  • Fallujah by Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo
    Friday, March 11 at the National Guard Armory, 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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