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The following post was written by Bénédicte Hertz, librarian and musicologist of Les Talens Lyriques, in anticipation for the ensemble’s performance of the music of François Couperin on Thursday, Oct. 11 at Zipper Concert Hall.

Founder of Les Talens Lyriques

Founder of Les Talens Lyriques

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On Oct. 20, LA Opera completes Glass’ ‘Portrait Trilogy’ with SatyagrahaSince 2013, the company has staged Einstein on the Beach, Dracula: The Music and Film and, most recently, Akhnaten. In anticipation for opening night, here are five highlights to look forward to from the production!

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's 2011 production of Satyagraha, directed by Phelim McDermott. (Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 production of Satyagraha, directed by Phelim McDermott. (Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

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LA Opera Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin was named as a 2018 MacArthur Fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Thursday morning.

LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin

LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin

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Ana María Martínez is an artist that likes to draw outside of the lines. In her two decades as a professional singer, the repertoire she sings is an eclectic mix that ranges across multiple eras of opera. From roles like Carmen to Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly, Martínez’s breadth of work as a singer is enhanced by her superb acting skills.

Ana Maria Martinez as Elisabeth de Valois in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Don Carlo." (Photo: Cory Weaver / LA Opera)

Ana Maria Martinez as Elisabeth de Valois in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Don Carlo. (Photo: Cory Weaver / LA Opera)

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By now, you all probably know what huge lushes we are here at the opera house — and we love sharing cocktail recipes with those who may enjoy a drink or two as much as we do. With Verdi’s Don Carlo currently playing on the stage, what better way to celebrate a new opera season than with some show-inspired cocktails on the opera menu?!

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LA Opera is hosting an exclusive signing event featuring Plácido Domingo and James Conlon, conductor of Don Carlo, immediately following the October 11 performance.

 

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Les Talens Lyriques is one of the premiere French Baroque ensembles of the world. Since it was established in 1991, they’ve performed across Europe, Asia and the United States. On Oct. 11, the group finally comes to Los Angeles in a special, one-night-only concert at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School. Before you go, here are four facts to know about the group and the performance!

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LA Opera opened it’s 2018/19 season last week with Verdi’s quintessential Don Carlo. Critics have already been raving about the production and its stars, calling it “absolutely gorgeous” (Broadway World) and hailed Plácido Domingo “the greatest opera star of our time, and surely the most beloved.” (LA Times)

Though the critics have been enthusiastic, what do audiences think? Read below for some audience reactions to LA Opera’s Don Carlo!

A scene from LA Opera's 2018 production of "Don Carlo." (Photo: Cory Weaver / LA Opera)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2018 production of “Don Carlo.” (Photo: Cory Weaver / LA Opera)

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Maestro James Conlon returns to the orchestra pit at LA Opera for Verdi’s Don Carlo on Sept. 22. Read his notes and thoughts on Verdi’s masterpiece as he prepares for the performance!

Maestro James Conlon with Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto during LA Opera's 2006 production of Don Carlo (Photo: Robert Millard)

Maestro James Conlon with Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto during LA Opera’s 2006 production of Don Carlo (Photo: Robert Millard)

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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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In less than two weeks, Angelenos will enjoy the epic tale of Don Carlo live as we take the magic of LA Opera from the stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to audiences at the Santa Monica Pier and El Cariso Community Park in Sylmar. 

Audiences enjoying LA Opera's free, live simulcast of Bizet's Carmen at Exposition Park in 2017 (Photo: Forest Casey)

Audiences enjoying LA Opera’s free, live simulcast of Bizet’s Carmen at Exposition Park in 2017 (Photo: Forest Casey)

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Morris Robinson left a potential career in football to pursue his dream of becoming a singer, making a name for himself with his resonant bass voice, towering stature and commanding stage presence. His appearances as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlo and as Parsi Rustomji in Satyagraha mark his seventh and eighth roles in Los Angeles, after previous performances here in Rigoletto, Nabucco and The Abduction from the Seraglio, to name a few.

LA Opera chatted with Robinson recently about his upcoming roles at LA Opera and his previous path to football stardom.

Bass Morris Robinson

Bass Morris Robinson

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On Sept. 22, LA Opera opens its 2018-19 season with Verdi’s timeless classic Don Carlo. With rich orchestrations, thundering choruses and an endless flow of rapturous melodies, one of Verdi’s grandest and greatest works is an enthralling tale of morality and mortality.

Rehearsals are already well underway for the performance, and the artists and staff are busy preparing for opening night. Here are seven facts about LA Opera’s upcoming revival of Don Carlo to look forward to!

A scene from LA Opera's production of "Don Carlo." (Photo credit: Robert Millard / LA Opera)

A scene from LA Opera’s production of Don Carlo. (Photo credit: Robert Millard / LA Opera)

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Forty young singers representing 24 nations competed at this year’s edition of Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Plácido Domingo and sponsored by Rolex. The winners were announced after the Sept. 1 finals, which took place at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon.

Migran Agadzhanyan, former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist

Migran Agadzhanyan, former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist

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Tenor Joshua Guerrero has lived more lives in his 30s than most people do in 80 years. He spent his early years split between two cities, worked a plethora of jobs in different fields before he eventually pursued opera as his main career. The former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist has since sung at opera houses all over the world, including English National Opera, The Glyndebourne Festival and, most recently, Santa Fe Opera. Though his innate talent and hard work has led him to where he is today, he credits much of his success to his time at LA Opera.

Former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Joshua Guerrero (Photo: Gabriel Guzman)

Former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Joshua Guerrero (Photo: Gabriel Guzman)

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Opera is larger than life. It’s full of dramatic stories told through extraordinary music. The stage is populated by fascinating characters brought to life by beautiful voices. While the stage is transformed into a different world, the audience finds themselves transformed as well — their laughter, tears, gasps and applause are a vital part of an opera performance.

LA Opera’s 2006 production of “Hansel and Gretel.” (Photo: Robert Millard)

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Our 2018/19 season is a little less than a month away and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is buzzing with excitement; the set is loading in, the corridors are once again filled with opera singing, and we took our regular trip to the costume shop to show you how they’re coming along. Our costumers are putting the finishing touches on the costumes that you’ll see on the stage come Sept. 22.

Arya Roshanian/LA Opera

Arya Roshanian/LA Opera

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No singer’s path to stardom is a straight line some experience twists and turns in life that eventually lead them to the stage. They may even have their sights set on a completely different career, but possess a natural talent that is so potent they’ll have no choice but to pursue for a career in opera. This was exactly the case for tenor Ben Bliss.

Tenor Ben Bliss (Photo: Dario Acosta)

Tenor Ben Bliss (Photo: Dario Acosta)

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Giving Opera “Campers” the tools to engage in their communities is one of the important missions of LA Opera’s Opera Camp, an annual three-week intensive where youth from all around Los Angeles gather to sing, dance and learn how to tackle deeper social issues using the power of music and acting. Last week, we enjoyed the culminating performances of our 2018 session with The White Bird of Poston and The Prospector. Though we spent ample time teaching the kids about opera, we also took the time to teach our LA Opera Teaching Artists as well.

LA Opera Teaching Artists participating in Opera Camp's Professional Development Day on July 23

LA Opera Teaching Artists participating in Opera Camp’s Professional Development Day on July 23

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Though there’s nothing on our main stage, the summer months provide our team the crucial time for planning and prep that the season simply doesn’t always allow. Over the last few weeks, we’ve shared about each department’s summer prep activities in anticipation of our season opening with Verdi’s Don Carlo on Sept. 22. We’ve already gone to almost every department at LA Opera asking what each team does while the stage is dark during the summer. In this final installment of our series, learn about what our Costume and Development departments worked on over the summer!

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