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What do you get when you combine a bullfighter, a bandit and one of the most celebrated opera singers in history? LA Opera’s upcoming production of El Gato Montés: The Wildcat. This show really has it all: passionate melodies, flamenco dancers and drama that rivals your favorite reality TV shows.

Want to learn more? We’ve compiled what the most exciting parts of El Gato Montés: The Wildcat. Take a look for yourself below!

A scene from the Teatro de la Zarzuela's 2017 Madrid production of "The Wildcat," directed by Jose Carlos Plaza. (Photo credit: Javier del Real)

A scene from the Teatro de la Zarzuela’s 2017 Madrid production of El Gato Montés: The Wildcat. (Photo: Javier del Real)

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Have you heard the news? Ellen Reid, composer of “p r i s m” which had its world premiere at LA Opera Off Grand last year, won this year’s Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Photo courtesy of James Matthew Daniel

Photo courtesy of James Matthew Daniel

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Let’s face it—watching YouTube videos of your favorite opera singers from the past just isn’t the same as seeing them live. We wish we could travel back in time to see those epic performances that changed history. Thankfully, BASE Hologram has brought the past to present day (with a touch of the future).

Even though the show has been sold out for quite some time, we’re so excited to team up with the LA Times Festival of Books and BASE Hologram to present Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour starring Maria Callas herself. Well, sort of. It’s actually a very realistic hologram— and it’s so advanced, it even reacts to the audience.

Photo courtesy of BASE Hologram

Photo courtesy of BASE Hologram

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Can’t wait to experience all the operas in our 2019/20 season? Or do you have one favorite opera that you can’t get enough of? (It’s okay, we have our favorites too). You’ll have to wait until opening night to see the magic live onstage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the stories and histories behind your favorite operas in the meantime.

To kick off the LA Times Festival of Books, we’ve rounded up the books our 19/20 season favorites are based on. Read the play that helped spark both the French Revolution and Mozart’s imagination – The Marriage of Figaro. Or pick up a copy of Psycho: A Novel, the book that Alfred Hitchcock based his film on (and that he famously purchased all copies of to prevent avid readers from spoiling the surprise of the classic film).

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The world premiere of Henry Mollicone and Shishir Kurup’s Moses, presented through LA Opera and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, was a massive success when it premiered last month (in our humble opinion). Conducted by our very own James Conlon, Moses featured a cast and chorus of nearly 500 from Los Angeles-area community groups performing alongside LA Opera singers and orchestra members.

Every spring since 2007, LA Opera has opened its stage doors to all aspiring performers in the Los Angeles community—including singers, dancers and musicians—to perform along with opera professionals. The Cathedral at Our Lady of the Angels has generously donated their facility for the program’s use since its inception.

Take a look at some photos from the performance below!

Michael J. Hawk (center) as Moses with the chorus in the world premiere of Henry Mollicone and Shishir Kurup’s Moses (Photo: Taso Papadakis)

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At LA Opera, we’re not just invested in putting on a great show—we also want to make long-lasting memories. So why not enhance your own memories and take advantage of your trip to Downtown Los Angeles with an evening (or afternoon) full of dining, dancing or even a giant slide that overlooks the city?

We’ve been in downtown for a long time, and we’re so excited with all the new developments in our neighborhood. We got you covered with a list of fun activities all within a mile or two from the opera house—so whether you’re a student looking for fun cheap thrills or really want to treat yourself, there is something for every opera-goer on any budget.

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Work hard, play hard? Not at Opera Camp. We have so much fun that we forget it’s work. Samuel Bindschadler, a past camper, tells us about his experience from a few years ago in Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle (which also happens to be this summer’s production).  Read what he has to say below.

Find out about this summer’s Opera Camp (now a three week program!) here.

Samuel Bindschadler

Samuel Bindschadler

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Think that living on the West Side, taking public transportation, needing ADA services, and being new to classical music should keep someone away from the magic of LA Opera? If so, let us introduce you to Adele Little, our LA Opera supporter who defies what most consider obstacles.

Adele Little

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Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong sings her first Mozart role in LA Opera’s The Clemency of Titus. She gave us her thoughts on the character Sesto, a Roman patrician who is caught between his love love for another and his loyalty to Emperor Titus (you know, the ultimate “pals before gals” dilemma).

Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto in LA Opera's 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto in LA Opera’s 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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Our new production of The Clemency of Titus features some pretty realistic stage effects. Like setting the entire stage on fire (yeah, you read that right). It took a team of 100 more than a year to create these state-of-the-art effects, and the results are mind-blowing.

Through a series of three behind-the-scenes videos, take a look at how we created stage magic in The Clemency of Titus. Can you guess how many sheets of gold leaf are meticulously applied onto the stage walls? The numbers may surprise you.

A scene from LA Opera's 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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We’re all about bookends here at LA Opera. And since we kicked off Black History Month with seven Black opera singers who are currently dominating the game, we thought we’d end in that way as well. The response to the original post was –in short—overwhelming (in a good way of, course.) And rightly so, because the amount of Black talent in opera is awe-inspiring and endless. So here’s another round of Black individuals who are dominating the game because there is no such thing as too much of a good thing.

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Are you between the ages of 9-17 years old, and looking to get on stage and have fun this summer? We have a spot for you at Opera Camp just for you! The three-week intensive is back, where you rehearse and perform an opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Whether you’ve mastered your first Mozart piece, or you’ve never sung a note, you’ll find your voice here.

Why should you join Opera Camp? We could tell you…But instead we asked the experts. Keep reading to find out what former Opera Campers have to say about why they love Opera Camp.

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What happens when you cross a love triangle, a noblewoman hungry for power, and the city of Rome in flames? LA Opera’s first-ever production of The Clemency of Titus, that’s what. Combine that with a stellar cast of fast-rising singers, some of whom who already have long histories with the company, and you have a show that’s well-worth the wait. Take a peek at The Clemency of Titus below with the five most exciting highlights from the show.

Director Thaddeus Strassberger (left) on stage of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Director Thaddeus Strassberger (left) on stage of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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Russell Thomas has dazzled LA Opera audiences as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca and Pollione in Norma. And now the superstar tenor is back to headline The Clemency of TitusWe caught up with Russell just in time for opening night (on March 2) — our own Titus gave us the skinny on this opera and why tenors have a bone to pick with Mozart.

Tenor Russell Thomas as Titus in The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Tenor Russell Thomas as Titus in The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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LA Opera may be a young company—but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some legends lurking around the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion halls. where an LA Opera staff member doesn’t just tell them all the best parts of LA Opera’s past, present, and future—they show them, too (you can join at anytime). But this story was too good not to share. So, cast your mind back to a long, long time ago—the year 2001.

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at LA Opera (Photo: Robert Millard)

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at LA Opera (Photo: Robert Millard)

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Oscars winners, Nobel Prize recipients and Olympic champions…it’s usually the heroes that influence us to write our stories. Not David Lang, composer of “the loser.” He was inspired by the ones who didn’t win.

Rod Gilfry in "the loser" (Photo: Richard Termine)

Rod Gilfry in “the loser” (Photo: Richard Termine)

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February is Black History Month and you better believe there is no shortage of Black individuals who have changed opera for the better. Last year, we rounded up six Black opera singers that changed the landscape of the art itself, so this year we’re spotlighting Black singers that are currently killing the opera game. And did we mention that they’ve all sang at LAO before? You can even catch a few of them in our upcoming production of The Clemency of Titus. Take a closer look below.

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About 50 up-and-coming artists from Southern California colleges entered LA Opera’s annual College Art Contest for The Clemency of Titus, and we’ve now chosen our three winners.

LA Opera's College Art Contest Winners for 'The Clemency of Titus'

LA Opera’s College Art Contest Winners for ‘The Clemency of Titus’ (From Left to Right: Designs by Jesslyn Bundy, Dalia Marin and Alyssa Damore)

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Have you heard the news yet? LA Opera has officially announced its 2019/20 season. And boy is it a good one. From world premieres to company favorites — not to mention the 154th role debut for Plácido Domingo — the 34th season has something for everyone. Don’t believe us? Scroll down for some of the most exciting highlights from LA Opera’s 19/20 season!

Komische Oper Berlin's 2019 production of La Boheme (Photo: Iko Freese)

Komische Oper Berlin’s 2019 production of La Bohème (Photo: Iko Freese)

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The titles of the operas that will grace our stage (or stages really, since we bring opera all around Los Angeles) for the 2019/20 Season will be officially announced on Jan. 27. That may seem ages away, but we’re bringing you a little game to help pass the time. We’re calling it, “LAOperady,” borrowing a page out of the book from America’s favorite trivia show, Jeopardy! The winner of our little trivia game will score two VIP tickets to one 19/20 opera of your choice.*

Kicking off Jan. 20 on Facebook and Instagram (if you’re not following us yet, hurry and do it now), we’ll be posting a trivia question each day, with the full reveal of the operas that comprise the 19/20 season on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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