Monthly Archives: March 2018

Top Five Benefits of Being an LA Opera Member

As a non-profit dedicated to the greater good, LA Opera relies on the generous contributions of our donors to produce world-class opera.

When you make a charitable donation to LA Opera, you become a member of the Friends of LA Opera. Members enjoy exclusive benefits that help make their opera-going experience that much more memorable.

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Catching the “Opera Bug”: From School to the Mainstage at LA Opera

Ever wondered how children get the “opera bug”? For 10 year-old Jesse McBride, it all started with a visit to his school by LA Opera. In 2017, LA Opera brought their Elementary In-School Opera program to Rockdale Elementary, where Jesse attended 4th grade. For 5 weeks, he and his classmates worked to learn their roles as the chorus in The Legend of Cannery Row, culminating in a performance for their fellow students and families.

Photo: Taso Papadakis

Photo: Taso Papadakis

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Verdi: Bel Canto and Beyond – Domingo-Colburn-Stein YAPs in Concert

Timed to coincide with LA Opera’s production of Verdi’s classic Rigoletto, this concert program focuses on the emergence of Verdi, Italy’s quintessential composer, out of the bel canto greats that preceded him. This concert features LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists, with music and program arranged by LA Opera Artist-In-Residence Matthew Aucoin.


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Read What Audiences Are Saying About Orpheus and Eurydice!

John Neumeier’s haunting new production of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice has been been called “exquisite” (LA Times) and “an achingly beautiful dream of a show” (Chicago Tribune). But what does the public think? Check out what audiences are saying about LA Opera’s Orpheus and Eurydice!

Dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." (Photo: Ken Howard)

Dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Orpheus and Eurydice. (Photo: Ken Howard)

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Sing Along with Great Opera Choruses!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sing Carmen? LA Opera is presenting a free concert called Great Opera Choruses on Saturday, April 28th, where you can do just that!

Great Opera Choruses (2014); Photo: Jennifer Babcock

Grant Gershon conducting the audience at Great Opera Choruses (2014); Photo: Jennifer Babcock

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Orpheus & Eurydice: Stephen Fry and James Conlon In Conversation on March 25

JUST ANNOUNCED:

Stephen Fry — English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, and film director — will join Maestro James Conlon for a conversation about the Orpheus & Eurydice myth throughout literature and music.

The conversation is free to anyone who attends the matinee performance on Sunday, March 25 and will take place directly after the performance.

If you need tickets for the performance, click here.

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Community Opera Brings Families Closer Together

On Friday, March 16, over 400 members of the Los Angeles community will come together to perform Jonah and the Whale.  The production will feature professional opera singers alongside community performers of all ages and experience levels.

The Community Opera provides an opportunity for people from all over Los Angeles to come together and create art. But it also provides an opportunity for families to get to know each other. And carve out a space to learn about themselves together.

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Families at rehearsal for Jonah and the Whale

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Trustee Alicia G. Clark on Why She Gives to LA Opera

The following is a post from longtime supporter and Life Trustee, Alicia Garcia Clark. Along with her husband Ed Clark, they founded Hispanics for LA Opera and funded productions such as Florencia en el Amazonas, La Bohème, and Il Postino. Ed and Alicia Clark are so devoted to LA Opera that they have included the company in their estate plans.

Ed and Alicia G. Clark

Ed and Alicia G. Clark

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Six Questions for Victoria Jaiani of the Joffrey Ballet

Joffrey dancer Victoria Jaiani knows a thing or two about ballet — she’s been training in the art since age 10. Since joining the Joffrey Ballet in 2003, she’s gone on to perform roles such as Giselle (Giselle), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Terpsichore (Apollo) and many more.

Though she’s well-seasoned in ballet, Jaiani is new to the world of opera. Currently appearing in Orpheus and Eurydice, she had the opportunity to answer our questions on working with opera singers, as well as her insight on the daily life of a ballerina.

Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili , two dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, as Orpheus and Eurydice in the "Imaginery Ballet" that concludes LA Opera's 2018 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." (Photo: Ken Howard)

Victoria Jaiani and Temur Suluashvili , two dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, as Orpheus and Eurydice in the “Imaginary Ballet” that concludes LA Opera’s 2018 production of Orpheus and Eurydice. (Photo: Ken Howard)

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Take a Peek Inside Rehearsals with The Joffrey Ballet!

On March 10, LA Opera premieres John Neumeier’s new staging of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice in partnership with The Joffrey Ballet. Coincidentally, the Joffrey also opens its production of Krzysztof Pastor’s “critically-acclaimed” re-telling of Romeo & Juliet the same week at The Music Center.

Fabrice Calmels and Jeraldine Mendoza, two dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." (Photo: Ken Howard)

Fabrice Calmels and Jeraldine Mendoza, two dancers from the Joffrey Ballet, in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Orpheus and Eurydice. (Photo: Ken Howard)

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Lisette Oropesa Talks Eurydice, Gilda and Strong Female Characters

For a lyric-coloratura soprano like Lisette Oropesa, it can be easy to be pigeonholed into the many mistreated ingenue roles that dominate the repertoire. But Oropesa has broken that mold. At only 34 years old, she already has a wide array of repertoire. From Baroque to bel canto to new music, she has sung it all.

This season, Oropesa returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage in two back-to-back roles. On March 10, she makes her role debut as Eurydice in John Neumeier’s new staging of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice. In May, she assumes the role of Gilda in the first three performances of Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Lisette Oropesa as Eurydice (with Maxim Mironov, rear left, as Orpheus) in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Orpheus and Eurydice." (Photo: Ken Howard)

Lisette Oropesa as Eurydice (with Maxim Mironov, rear left, as Orpheus) in LA Opera’s 2018 production of Orpheus and Eurydice. (Photo: Ken Howard)

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