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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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One of the best parts of a brand-new production is that everything is made from the ground up — and LA Opera’s The Clemency of Titus is no exception.

There’s still some time before the show opens on March 2, but the team at the costume shop is already at work creating these fresh new garments. From hand-painted details to the thousands of flowers used for headbands and accessories, costume designer Mattie Ullrich’s pieces are so ornate, they’re already perfect for an Empress.

Take an exclusive first-look at The Clemency of Titus costumes below!

(Photo: Arya Roshanian/LA Opera)

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Thousands of students are about to experience the magic of opera for the first time. What can they expect? To start, there is Mozart’s exquisite music, a soprano singing stratospheric high notes and even an evil villain dressed as a hot dog.

Welcome to The Magic Dream, LA Opera’s retelling of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The production is currently touring performing arts venues around Los Angeles and introduces kids to the magic of opera (and laughter).

We caught up with Jasmine Mangal, an LA Opera Teaching Artist performing in The Magic Dream, on which it’s like to be living her dream as a singer.

LA Opera Teaching Artists rehearse for The Magic Dream.

Jasmine Mangal (center) and LA Opera Teaching Artists rehearse for The Magic Dream.

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After a brief pause for the holidays, LA Opera is back for 2019! We have a busy few weeks until we officially return for our 2018/19 season, but there is already plenty to look forward to. From the return of Maestro Plácido Domingo to operas gracing the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the first time, it will be a season to remember.

Take a look at some highlights we have in store for the next few months!

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LA Opera experienced many firsts in 2018. From Emmy Award-winning artists making their debuts to stunningly powerful world premieres on our Off Grand stage, we are proud of our accomplishments over the last 12 months.

The LA Opera family thanks you for making our 2018 so successful. As we wind down for the holidays, take a look at some highlights throughout this monumental year.

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As LA Opera’s Head of Music Staff, Miah Im wears many hats during the course of any given day. This fall, she was the associate conductor for Satyagraha and a rehearsal pianist for Hansel and Gretel.

Miah Im, Head of Music Staff at LA Opera

Miah Im, Head of Music Staff at LA Opera

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The winter holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. Activities like decorating the Christmas tree, lighting the menorah and binging holiday movies pretty much sum up the season. To avoid holiday cabin fever, we’ve rounded up five events around LA that are perfect for the family.

Photo via Karen Almond / LA Opera

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**DEADLINE EXTENDED to MONDAY, DECEMBER 17**

LA Opera is hosting a contest for currently enrolled college students in Southern California!

You are invited to submit artwork for LA Opera’s spring production of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus! The winning submission will be featured on the cover of the show’s performance program and displayed at the home of LA Opera, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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Ellen Reid’s latest opera “p r i s m” tackles a very serious and significant subject that is especially relevant today. It tells the story of an ill girl, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, who live locked away from the world. The libretto, written by Roxie Perkins, also explores the elasticity of memory after trauma, and the lengths one will go to to “feel better.”

Anna Schubert as Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid's "p r i s m" (Photo: Larry Ho/LA Opera)

Anna Schubert as Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s “p r i s m” (Photo: Larry Ho/LA Opera)

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