In 2022 - 2023, the General Fund will be used for production of the legendary opera Carmen. Expenses include, but are not limited to rent and labor, singers and orchestra, Artistic team, Administrative team, tech crew, and costumes.
Our Internship Program allows young singers, orchestra musicians, and technical personnel to receive training on-site, working side-by-side with experienced professionals. Each of our six internship divisions is designed for students seeking a career in various aspects of opera, musical theater, and stage production.
Major Role Orchestra Musician Opera Chorus Assistant Director Assistant Conductor Technical Crew
PLAYS - PACIFIC LYRIC ASSOCIATION YOUTH ORCHESTRA
In 2022, PLA established a Youth Symphony (PLAYS). Our inaugural concert on February 18th, at the California Center for the Arts Escondido, featured a 50-piece orchestra playing Tchaikovsky’s Overture Romeo and Julietand Rimsky-Korskov’s Scheherezade. Our donors asked that we offer this concert free of charge to school children and their chaperones. Many public and homeschool groups took advantage of our offer and many were able to attend their first-ever symphony concert.
OPERA EDUCATION FOR YOUTH
Pacific Lyric Association is a traditional opera company when it comes to the actual production. You come to a beautiful theater and enjoy professional singers dressed in era-appropriate costumes with live musicians in the orchestra pit.
Our innovative approach is about the way we educate our young audiences. "Uh oh..." you might think, "they send the fat screaming lady to schools..." No, no, no. We do not. We believe that a single element like singing taken out of context does not represent opera at all. We would not advertise an apple pie to kids by showing them some flour, would we? We would tell them about all ingredients and how they create a delicious pie when combined and processed in appropriate order. That is precisely how we educate about opera.
We also emphasize the fact that opera does not do well if taken out of its natural habitat (a theater). Our idea of opera education has neither a hidden marketing agenda, nor a smart ticket sale strategy. The main and the only goal is to enrich young people's lives with an understanding and appreciation of the elite and sophisticated art of opera. If our mission sounds like a worthy cause to you - make a little contribution today. Your little gift will be a giant help.