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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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Joby Talbot is a composer for concert, stage and screen. His re-scoring of Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr makes its world premiere on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. at the Theatre at ACE Hotel. Below are his notes and thoughts on Dreyer’s thrilling masterpiece.

A still from Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1932 film "Vampyr."

A still from Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 film Vampyr.

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Last week, LA Opera opened it’s production of Philip Glass’ quintessential Satyagraha to rave reviews. Phelim McDermott’s fantastical production has already been hailed as “exquisite …[Satyagraha] is better still and a landmark for the company” (LA Times) and “a rich visual spectacle” (Broadway World).

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

Sean Panikkar (center, in white) as Gandhi with the men of the LA Opera Chorus in LA Opera's 2018 production of "Satyagraha." (Photo: Cory Weaver)

Sean Panikkar (center, in white) as Gandhi with the men of the LA Opera Chorus in LA Opera’s 2018 production of “Satyagraha.” (Photo: Cory Weaver)

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Every singer has a niche in which they feel most comfortable singing. Some thrive in early or baroque music, while others in the works of Italian masters like Verdi or Puccini. But for baritone Theo Hoffman, it’s the modern stylings of Philip Glass that he’s fallen into naturally, and have allowed him to shine in the past few seasons.

Baritone Theo Hoffman (Photo: Coral von Zumwalt)

Baritone Theo Hoffman (Photo: Coral von Zumwalt)

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As a non-profit dedicated to the greater good, everything we do — on stage and throughout the community—is made possible by the generous support of people like you. Make a charitable contribution of $50 or more today, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win our Plácido Domingo Awards Sweepstakes!

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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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