Monthly Archives: April 2019

What to Expect from LA Opera’s El Gato Montés: The Wildcat

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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Ellen Reid, composer of “p r i s m”, wins Pulitzer Prize

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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Callas in Concert: A beloved diva returns to the stage

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.

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Photo courtesy of BASE Hologram

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Dive into the books behind the 2019/20 season!

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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