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LA Opera Announces Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Audiences


The company will offer digitally streamed performances for those who are unable to attend or would prefer not to attend in person.

LA Opera Announces Temporary COVID-19 Vaccine Policy for Audiences

To provide the best and safest possible experience, LA Opera has adopted a temporary vaccination-only policy for audiences in addition to requiring the use of masks in anticipation of its season opening with Il Trovatore on September 18. This follows the installation of a state-of-the-art air filtration system, enhanced cleaning protocols and a previously imposed vaccination requirement for artists, artisans and staff working on site.

The company will offer digitally streamed performances for those who are unable to attend or would prefer not to attend in person.

"We are thrilled to be back to live performance and are looking forward to welcoming back our community. Our streaming performance program will allow us to protect our audiences, artists and staff while providing access so that everyone has the ability to engage with this art form, a core value at LA Opera," said Christopher Koelsch, the company's Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO. "We saw tremendous response to Oedipus Rex in June, from both those who watched in person and online. Time and time again, we've seen how opera can heal and bring people together."

In addition to the six in-person performances September 18 through October 10, LA Opera will livestream two performances of Il Trovatore (October 3 and 6) that viewers can access from the comfort of their homes and on a device of their choosing. The company will be offering livestreamed viewing of subsequent 2021/22 productions as long as vaccine requirements are in place.

In order to be considered fully vaccinated, patrons must confirm that either 14 days have passed since receiving the second dose of FDA or WHO authorized double-dose vaccines or that 14 days have passed since receiving the sole dose of FDA or WHO authorized single-dose vaccines. Audience members may display proof of vaccine on a smartphone or by showing a physical copy of their vaccination card or official vaccination record, along with a government-issued ID, such as a driver's license or passport. Guests younger than 18 may present a school photo ID. Those under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the listed requirements.

Children under 12 and those who are unvaccinated due to a medical or religious reason must provide proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to attending, along with government issued ID. Rapid or antigen tests will not be accepted.

Masks will be required at all times for all patrons and visitors regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at LA Opera, except while eating and drinking in designated areas.

In March 2021, The Music Center, where LA Opera mainstage performances are presented, became the first performing arts center in the county to receive a UL Verified Healthy Buildings Mark for Indoor Air and Water Quality. The Music Center has also adopted enhanced cleaning protocols and touchless fixtures for campus facilities.

Il Trovatore ticketholders who are unable to or prefer not to attend can opt to exchange into another performance, including digitally streamed ones, or donate the value of their tickets by calling the LA Opera box office at 213.972.8001 or by logging into their LA Opera account. In order to request a refund or credit for later use, please call the LA Opera box office.

In-person tickets for Il Trovatore begin at $19 and are on sale now. LA Opera is also offering two livestreamed performances of Il Trovatore to watch from home on either October 3 at 2pm or October 6 at 7:30pm, which can be purchased for $30.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 213.972.8001, or in person at the LA Opera box office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email

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