The tradition of opening one’s home up to visitors, welcoming them in to explore and discover and become a part of the intimate environment, has been an evolving part of community living for centuries. Open house history dates back at least as far as biblical times and exists in many cultural and religious customs. From weddings to wakes, royalty to presidents, realtors to school teachers, these communal celebrations are an opportunity to welcome guests into your space and share something—knowledge, experience, camaraderie.
In honor of this grandest and oldest of traditions, LA Opera is opening its home and welcoming all to join us in a day of fun and function. On Sunday, March 26, we are offering free activities for all ages and all levels of opera awareness. Come visit the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion between 10 am and 6 pm for interactive experiences, creative workshops, professional performances, behind the scenes tours and unique presentations. Discover the glamorous décor and rich history of this house. You’re invited to come meet the opera and get to know the great people who inhabit this space.
Family friendly activities include presentations, workshops and performances for children ages 4- 10. Sing Out Loud is an interactive introduction to opera for children and their families, featuring some of opera’s “greatest hits.” Hands-on art workshops will be offered throughout the day. Children can make their own opera-themed masks or decorate a postcard to send to a loved one.
Teens and young adults can be inspired by singers from LA Opera’s prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program who will perform beloved arias and ensembles from favorite operas. Grant Gershon will conduct the LA Opera Chorus in a concert of famous choruses from several popular operas. Audience members of all ages and musical ability will have the exciting opportunity to join in the fun by singing along with the pros.
Sit in on some of the best performances in our history. See what’s been happening at our house as, throughout the day, we screen video performances of several of LA Opera’s iconic productions, all filmed live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
We’ll also present the Pittance Chamber Music Concert, featuring an instrumental ensemble made up of members of the LA Opera Orchestra, joined by tenor Arnold Livingston Geis. Performances will include folk songs arranged by Benjamin Britten, the song cycle On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the string sextet by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
Arrive by noon to take advantage of wonderful opportunities to sneak behind the scenes and see backstage presentations of how the magic happens on self-guided backstage tours. Some of our best, highly detailed costumes, will be on display all day and attendees can watch a highly skilled artisan from the wig department hand-knot a hairpiece. Behind-the-scenes experts will explain how sets are built and reveal the secrets behind a few of the special effects featured onstage. Attendees can also handle actual props used onstage during performances.
Whatever you know about LA Opera, from newbie to pro, this is your chance to come visit our house—check out all the nooks and crannies, explore and discover, and become a part of our amazing family.
For more details about LA Opera’s Open House, click here.
Erin Knell is a graduate of the California State University, Northridge , where she majored in journalism. She has been published in several literary magazines and for syndication online.