How To Get Your Opera Fix This Summer

LA Opera’s 16/17 season is almost over. But, you don’t have to wait until September (and the opening of Carmen on September 9th). Here are a few ways to get your opera fix this summer.

Hear LA Opera’s Artists Around Town

Matthew Aucoin (right) works with Summer Hassan, a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

Matthew Aucoin (right) works with Summer Hassan, a member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program


Mozart: Truth Through Beauty
LA Opera’s artist-in-residence Matthew Aucoin, joined by the rising stars of the company’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program, presents a musical exploration of Mozart’s unique artistic trajectory.

Friday, May 26 at 2:00pm
The Huntington Art Gallery Loggia
The Huntington Library, Art Collection, and Botanical Gardens
Free with admission

Sunday, May 28 at 2:00pm
Santa Monica Public Library
Free – no reservations required

Getty Family Festival
Join us for a free family performances at 11am and 2pm featuring LA Opera artists.

Saturday, June 3
Getty Center
Free – no ticket required

Free Recital at Santa Monica Public Library
Join us for a free recital featuring highlights from the upcoming 2017/18 season as well as a few of opera’s “greatest hits”.

Saturday, June 17 at 3:00pm
Santa Monica Public Library
Free – no reservations required

Concert in the Park at City of Hope
Join us for a free summertime recital featuring LA Opera artists at City of Hope in Duarte.

Thursday, June 22 at 12:00pm
Concert in the Park at City of Hope
1500 E Duarte Rd, Duarte

Beyond the Waterfront
On June 24, 2017 Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will preview a new work, Beyond the Waterfront, with a one-night-only public performance. The performance marks the first time immersive art has come to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute’s twin Tall Ships in San Pedro and a new collaboration between HDDT, LA Opera, Los Angeles Maritime Institute, and marine research incubator, AltaSea. A dance opera story of sirens and sailors on the ships and the wharf, Beyond the Waterfront pays homage to the late Leonard Bernstein with a multi-sensory work that tackles themes of collaboration, sustainability, and the influence of humanity on environment.

Saturday, June 24 at 8:00pm
Beyond the Waterfront
AltaSea at The Port of Los Angeles
2456 Signal St.
San Pedro, CA 90731


Experience Thumbprint at REDCAT

A scene from the 2014 premiere production of Thumbprint; Photo: Noah Stern Weber / Beth Morrison Productions

A scene from the 2014 premiere production of Thumbprint; Photo: Noah Stern Weber / Beth Morrison Projects


Thumbprint is inspired by the extraordinary transformation of Mukhtar Mai, a young woman whose world was shattered by an act of brutality that could have destroyed her. Instead, she discovers a weapon—her voice—and against all odds, to the astonishment of her country and herself, she seeks justice and finds it. “The worst thing in my life is also the best,” she says. “It has given my life meaning.” Her journey resonates beyond borders in its implicit belief that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, through a single act of courage, can change life for thousands.

The story is told through a dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with Hindustani and European opera influences, and a libretto by Susan Yankowitz, originating from a series of interviews with Mai.

Relive Your LA Opera Favorites on KUSC

Tune in to KUSC this Saturday to hear this season’s production of The Tales of Hoffmann starring Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau.

In June, KUSC will be broadcasting our Figaro Trilogy from Spring 2015.

The Barber of Seville (June 3)

The Marriage of Figaro (June 10)

The Ghosts of Versailles (June 17)

Snag a copy of Macbeth

Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth and Plácido Domingo as the title character in Macbeth (2016); Photo: Karen Almond

Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth and Plácido Domingo as the title character in Macbeth (2016); Photo: Karen Almond

Last season’s opener, Macbeth, directed by Darko Tresjnak will be available on June 23 from Sony Classical. Make sure to save the date. In the meantime, learn more about Macbeth below.

Macbeth: A Personal Note

In this guest post, Maestro James Conlon discusses why he loves Macbeth.

The Macbeth Witches Are Not Your Ordinary Witches

The dancing witches in Macbeth are not your pointy hat, black-wearing, broom-flying witches. As the agents that drive the story, they are onstage virtually the entire time, lurking during every sinister choice that Macbeth and Lady Macbeth make in the opera. They move props. They haunt all the characters and bring them to the darkest moments of their lives. We spoke with the nine women who play the witches about how they bring their hellish characters to life.

Costumes Meet Character in Macbeth

Costumes are one of the best ways to express character – be it on screen or on stage. In Macbeth, costumes tell a tale of humble beginnings to unbridled horror, but it’s not just fabric and jewels that bring a character to life. It is how all the costume elements come together to showcase each character’s evolution. With its complex characters and designed by Suttirat Larlarb, LA Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Macbeth perfectly illustrates how costumes and character meet.

To learn more about LA Opera’s upcoming season, click here.

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3 Responses to How To Get Your Opera Fix This Summer

  1. Scott Nelson says:

    Great Post!

  2. Louis Philip says:

    This is nice content and very useful for people.

  3. johnstany says:

    These ways are very simple and very much useful. Thanks!

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