Patricia Barden as the title character in Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Patricia Barden as the title character in Carmen (2013); Photo: Robert Millard

Imagine yourself at the opera for the first time. You’re sitting in the orchestra and the curtain rises to the sounds of the overture from Bizet’s Carmen. Suddenly, you realize that you’ve heard these notes before. But, where?

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DIVA (8 Scrabble points) – Italian- while its popularly used to describe someone’s attitude, in opera, diva refers to a woman of outsanding talent in the world of opera.

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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

Katie and Annie Lee rehearse “Everything Breathes” from <em>The White Bird of Poston</em>. They are led here (off-camera) by teaching artists Leslie Stevens and Charlie Kim.

Katie and Annie Lee rehearse “Everything Breathes” from The White Bird of Poston. They are led here (off-camera) by teaching artists Leslie Stevens and Charlie Kim.

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

Our costume shop is always full of fascinating things to see and equally fascinating, highly skilled artisans. Here’s a great interview with one of them, Hallie Dufresne, our Senior Craftsperson, who has created fur hats for Eugene Onegin, baroque confections … Continue reading

Chi ha vissuto per amore, per amore si mori. (Who has lived for love, dies for love.) —Giacomo Puccini/Giuseppe Adami (Il Tabarro) It is hard to name another composer whose entire creative force so rarely deviated from a single focal … Continue reading

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