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One More Time: The Story Behind Performance Encores

Sondra Radvanovsky in recital at LA Opera (2015); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

Sondra Radvanovsky in recital at LA Opera (2015); Photo: Craig T. Mathew

Sondra Radvanovsky was having a good night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion downtown. The American soprano, giving a recital as part of the L.A. Opera season, had performed repertory ranging from Verdi to Copland, interspersed with personal stories and an emotional tribute to her late father. Now she’d returned for encores—to an audience so enthusiastic she ended up singing four.

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Behind the Curtain of Lesser Known Performing Arts Jobs

Linda Zoolalian playing piano (which she also teaches along with voice).

Linda Zoolalian playing piano (which she also teaches along with voice).

L.A. Opera patrons who rely on supertitles to understand the text of what’s being sung can thank the woman wearing a headset and sitting in a space above the wall chandeliers on the right side of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion auditorium.

Linda Zoolalian has prepared and cued the supertitles—librettos projected in English on a screen above the proscenium and elsewhere—since 2003. Three years ago, she began cueing supertitles for the Los Angeles Master Chorale as well.

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100+ And Counting: What It’s Like to be a Veteran Los Angeles Opera Member

Los Angeles Opera Chorus members George Sterne and Mark Beasom bookend the dancers (Sterne on the left) in La Traviata (2014); Photo: Craig T. Mathew.

Los Angeles Opera Chorus members George Sterne and Mark Beasom bookend the dancers (Sterne on the left) in La Traviata (2014); Photo: Craig T. Mathew.

During a dinner break between rehearsals of L.A. Opera’s Romeo and Juliet in 2005—in a rehearsal room at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion because the cast was in wigs and makeup and not allowed to venture outside—star soprano Anna Netrebko asked Opera Chorus tenor George Sterne to join her. “When she invited me to sit next to her, that thrilled me,” Sterne says with a grin. “I think she’d kind of gotten to like me, from talking to me.”

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