When sixteen-year-old soprano Golda Berkman performs the role of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis in this weekend’s opera camp production of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle, Ela Weissberger, 85, will be in the audience.
Weissberger was one of more than 600 children who were taught art secretly by Friedl Dicker-Brandeis (the subject of the opera, Friedl) while imprisoned at the Nazi concentration camp at Terezín. Dicker-Brandeis was able to smuggle out 4,500 drawings by her students in two suitcases before she was killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Why did you choose to pursue an internship at the LA Opera?
THIS IS LA OPERA!!!! (Major bragging rights)
In all seriousness though, opera has done so much for me. It has shaped me into the individual I am today. The idea that I could introduce others, especially young children, to this amazing art form gives me so much joy.
What does a day at LA Opera look like? Such a question has several different answers.
For 150 scholars from the Compton and Carson Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools, a day at LA Opera meant a true recital experience. This past Friday, LA Opera hosted the Freedom Schools scholars for a day of discovery. … Continue reading
Sisters have a special bond that cannot be compared to any other relationship. They can be your best friend from the start or even your special confidante when there’s something you’re bursting to talk about, but can’t seem to find the words. Sisters can also steer you in the direction of the arts. For Katie and Annie Lee, all this is true.
1) Teamwork is key. Everyone at the company collaborates to make our productions spectacular and employees are willing to go the extra mile for our art
2) There are so many ways to see opera and so many new innovations.
3) Details always matter. It’s been amazing to learn how much detail goes into the work of every department from specific costume trimmings to engaging the community with our marketing campaigns. I have greatly admired as well as shared my colleagues’ artistic enthusiasm for bringing compelling operas the stage.
You ever been on a rollercoaster ride that’s lasted three decades? Jeff Kleeman has.
As the Technical Director for LA Opera, Jeff regularly clocks in 80 or a hundred hours a week, sometimes even more if you can fathom that. Grinning through that ZZ Top beard, he says, “It’s like a rollercoaster ride. Once you’re strapped in, you’re on for the full ride. Around these parts we call it extreme sports opera.”
When Renée Fleming starred as Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, she wowed audiences with her many showstopper arias. Start your week off right by listening to the blues-inspired opera, particularly Blanche’s radiant Act III aria, “I Want Magic,” in which she reveals her innermost desires.
Jesus and Diego Lopez (17 and 10, respectively) wanted nothing to do with classical music. When their mother, Beatriz Zaragoza, played classical music in the car, the boys complained. This all changed when the family discovered LA Opera’s Zarzuela Project.
With the Community Opera Choruses Network, LA Opera engages people from around LA County (with a concentrated focus on East LA) to explore opera. The Zarzuela Project is a key component of this network. Led by a team of LA Opera teaching artists, the project accepts all ages and weekly rehearsals are held at Salesian High School in East LA. Fernandez’s students rehearse various Zarzuelas and perform them at partner venues around the community. It is a project that is very dear to LA Opera General Director Plácido Domingo, whose parents were both Zarzuela singers.
The best on-stage moments occur when a singer can so perfectly capture the essence of a character through vocals and performance. Throughout her career, Sondra Radvanovsky has delivered many of these moments to audiences around the world. Radvanovsky played the … Continue reading
Word Wednesday: Learn new opera terms for your next Scrabble game! Opera – the art form – draws from many different languages for its music and its terminology, making the language of opera rich with high scoring words. Because some … Continue reading
Today’s headlines are filled with stories of inequality, injustice and hate. Understanding our role in changing the world can be daunting. Through its annual Opera Camp program, LA Opera is teaching kids 9 – 17 how every action counts.
For the the past 15 years, LA Opera has hosted Opera Camp, a two-week immersive program where campers learn about opera – the artistry, the production, the skills – and prepares them to perform one. Every year, between 50 and 60 children and teens participate in the camp. … Continue reading
Plácido Domingo has announced LA Opera’s 2015/16 season, which is dedicated to you, the audience, and our community! This exciting 30th Anniversary Season is filled with audience favorites, with plenty of LA Opera flair thrown in for good measure. The season … Continue reading
(Reprinted with permission from Los Angeles Magazine) Superstar opera singer Renée Fleming tells us what it’s like to sing for rowdy football fans and seasoned operagoers in the same year. Right now, she’s getting ready to star as Blanche DuBois … Continue reading
This production of Magic Flute marks the first time in opera that all physical scenery has been entirely replaced with video projections. Pamina stands on a tiny revolving door platform that pivots out of the wall that serves as a … Continue reading
Music students at Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts were treated to a surprise visit and discussion with soprano Ana María Martínez, currently co-starring with Placido Domingo in Simon Boccanegra. We asked Ms. Martinez about her experience with … Continue reading