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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 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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LA Opera wouldn’t exist without its supporters. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with ticket sales covering only about 40% of our budget, donors make it possible to present world-class opera in Los Angeles. But how exactly are charitable dollars used?

A breakdown of the role your donation plays in bringing our stage to life.

A breakdown of the role your donation plays in bringing our stage to life.

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Last week, LA Opera had its opening night of Humperdinck’s beloved opera Hansel and GretelHailed by LA Times as “a fantasy world audiences will be happy to join” and “a visual treat for the young and a delectable musical entree for adults.” by Broadway World, critics are enchanted by this fantastical production.

But what does the public think? Scroll down to read some audience reactions to LA Opera’s Hansel and Gretel!

Susan Graham (center) as the Witch, with Sasha Cooke (Hansel) and Liv Redpath (Gretel) in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Hansel & Gretel" (photo ©Cory Weaver)

Susan Graham (center) as the Witch, with Sasha Cooke (Hansel) and Liv Redpath (Gretel) in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Hansel and Gretel. (Photo: ©Cory Weaver)

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Give a ten-year-old math student a tape measure and she might grow up to become the next great set designer. LA Opera’s Education and Community Engagement Department knows that a lifelong fascination with the arts can take root one inch, one shoe box or one classroom at a time.

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Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is not a children’s opera! Yes, you can bring your children to it, and they will love it—as I did when I was 12 years old—but that doesn’t mean it is only for children.

Liv Redpath (Gretel) and Sasha Cooke (Hansel) in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Hansel & Gretel" (photo ©Karen Almond)

Liv Redpath (Gretel) and Sasha Cooke (Hansel) in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Hansel and Gretel (photo ©Karen Almond)

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Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has made a name for herself in contemporary music, singing world premieres at some of the most prestigious opera houses in the world, such as English National Opera, San Francisco Opera and Santa Fe Opera. But the American mezzo returns to her standard operatic roots making her LA Opera debut this month as Hansel in Humperdinck’s charming yet spooky opera Hansel and Gretel.

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (Photo: Dario Acosta)

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Over the past two years, 50 adventuresome students from Zoo Magnet High School helped create a new opera. Next week, they will perform the show for the first time. Inspired by the creative process and the adrenaline rush of performing, these teens—even the ones who originally may have resisted the idea of enjoying opera—are now embracing their power as artists and storytellers.

Students perform in The Wreck of the Miranda

Students perform in The Wreck of the Miranda

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On Nov. 17, Doug Fitch’s production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel returns to the LA Opera stage for the first time since 2006. From the mythical forest creatures that grace the stage, to an iconic role debut from Susan Graham, the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel come to life in this fantastical production. Before you go, here are some highlights to get you excited!

A scene from LA Opera's 2006 production of Hansel and Gretel (Photo: Robert Millard )

A scene from LA Opera’s 2006 production of Hansel and Gretel (Photo: Robert Millard )

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