Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer – L.A. Opera – Giveaway

January 21, 2011

Mishy watching the "waterfall" outside the Smothers Theatre at Pepperdine

Mishy and I went to see L.A. Opera’s production of Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer by Mark Saltzman. This performance was at Pepperdine Performing Arts Center in their Smothers Theatre. We received tickets through their Arts Education program which offers tickets to under privileged schools in the Los Angeles area. Once local schools have responded for ticket requests, remaining tickets are given to the homeschooling community and we are lucky to be part of several homeschooling communities. This program is sponsored by US Bank.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing this show because there are many things I enjoy in life and opera is one of them. I love the passion, the costumes, the drama and the singing. The beauty of the human voice really presents themselves in opera since opera is an extended dramatic composition in which all words are sung together. I felt this show would be a perfect opportunity to introduce live opera to Mishy since it is aimed for all ages. She has been listening to opera at home and in the car and when we play it, she listens intently. I also want her to be surrounded by languages – to hear the wonder and power of words in different cultural contexts – and understand the different ways of expressing them.

Who Wants To be An Opera Singer is set up as a game show where three contestants are “selected” from the audience. It introduces the contestants and hosts by their different vocal range  – soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, and baritone and mentions the vocal range – bass. While the contestants are playing, they are also singing. The first song was an excerpt of Madame Butterfly, one of Butterfly’s arias – an aria is a solo – for those new to opera. When the contestant who was playing Butterfly in her minimal costume, started to sing, my daughter perked up, listened intently and watched in amazement. There is nothing that replaces the impact of seeing theatre live. We were privy to excerpts from Carmen, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, and Madama Butterfly, while learning about opera. Mishy clapped and yelled, “Bravo! Bravo!” throughout the show – which is encouraged. Afterwards, we sang opera together – as best we could.

There will be a public performance of Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer on Saturday, February 5th, 2011 at the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are $15. There is an art workshop at 10AM and the performance is at 11AM. For more information and to buy tickets, here is the link:


Update: I’ve just  been given two tickets to giveaway for the upcoming show of Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer on Feb. 5th at the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center. Please leave a comment by midnight, February 1st for your chance to win. You will earn an extra entry if you click onto their link and comment that you have.


Good luck!

Update: Congratulations, Tania! You’ve won the 2 giveaway tickets see Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer!

14 Responses to “Who Wants To Be An Opera Singer – L.A. Opera – Giveaway”

  1. Harriet Says:

    We’d love two tickets to the show ‘Who wants to be an opera singer’ on Feb 5th!

  2. Denise Young Says:

    Would love tickets to the show — sounds great!

  3. Laura Says:

    yes please! sign us up for the contest.
    Thanks M.J.

  4. Laura Says:

    ps. i clicked the link, although it didn’t “click through” so i actually cut and pasted the link.

  5. Jacqueline H Says:

    We would love to participate on the contest! Please include us 🙂 thanks!

  6. hillary Says:

    As my girls get more interested in dance and music, we’d love to feed their creativity with some Opera. I cut and pasted the url and looked at the program description, and was also interested in some of the other community programs the LA Opera hosts. Thanks for all the information!


  7. KF Says:

    Hi MJ,

    My 7-year old daughter is an aspiring classical singer .. she has been self-training her voice 🙂 but, at some point, she will need lessons when her voice matures enough for training. But we love the opera, and would love to see this humorously presented performance. Hope we are lucky enough if it is a matter of luck drawing for this giveaway:)


  8. Kathy Says:

    We are taking an Opera Class at Creative Learning Place (the homeschool program at WJCC) and Connor loves it. It is so cool to be introducing our kids to Opera at this young age. I think I may have been in college before I’d heard an actual opera. We’d love the tickets! Thanks!!

  9. Kathy Says:

    MJ, I went to the LA Opera website and cannot find a place to post that I’ve entered your give-away. Please advise. thank so much!

  10. RR Says:

    Thanks for all the giveaways you’ve been doing. This one’s great too!

  11. deirdre Nagle Says:

    This sounds like a fun one! Please enter my name for the drawing.

  12. We’d LOVE to enter the draw! Thanks so much, Sarah x

  13. Tania Says:

    Thanks for the operatunity! we’d love to be entered.

  14. Envertvet Says:

    Sorry for the stupid question. What is the best search engine http://google.com or http://yahoo.com?

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