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All The Stage’s A World

Production Stage Manager Lyla Forlani

Production Stage Manager Lyla Forlani

“I may not be an expert at every single detail, but I’m involved in every single thing that goes on, and that’s incredibly rewarding.”

Wrap your brain around this amazing little factoid: While many opera companies have Production Stage Managers, only very few, as in less than 20 in the whole of the U.S., have it as a full-time position instead of seasonal or contractual. LA Opera is one of those twenty and Lyla Forlani is the company’s Production Stage Manager.

Click here to read Tom Lady’s full article about Lyla on OperaLeague.org.

Tom Lady sits on the Executive Committee of the Opera League of Los Angeles and is the editor of BRAVO, the League’s newsletter. By day he works at Yahoo while at night he toils over his own writing projects.

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Extreme Sports Opera

You ever been on a rollercoaster ride that’s lasted three decades? Jeff Kleeman has.

LA Opera Technical Director Jeff Kleeman

LA Opera Technical Director Jeff Kleeman

As the Technical Director for LA Opera, Jeff regularly clocks in 80 or a hundred hours a week, sometimes even more if you can fathom that. Grinning through that ZZ Top beard, he says, “It’s like a rollercoaster ride. Once you’re strapped in, you’re on for the full ride. Around these parts we call it extreme sports opera.”

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