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This is LAOperady — Our 19/20 Season Guessing Game!

The titles of the operas that will grace our stage (or stages really, since we bring opera all around Los Angeles) for the 2019/20 Season will be officially announced on Jan. 27. That may seem ages away, but we’re bringing you a little game to help pass the time. We’re calling it, “LAOperady,” borrowing a page out of the book from America’s favorite trivia show, Jeopardy! The winner of our little trivia game will score two VIP tickets to one 19/20 opera of your choice.*

Kicking off Jan. 20 on Facebook and Instagram (if you’re not following us yet, hurry and do it now), we’ll be posting a trivia question each day, with the full reveal of the operas that comprise the 19/20 season on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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Inside the Costume Shop: The Clemency of Titus

One of the best parts of a brand-new production is that everything is made from the ground up — and LA Opera’s The Clemency of Titus is no exception.

There’s still some time before the show opens on March 2, but the team at the costume shop is already at work creating these fresh new garments. From hand-painted details to the thousands of flowers used for headbands and accessories, costume designer Mattie Ullrich’s pieces are so ornate, they’re already perfect for an Empress.

Take an exclusive first-look at The Clemency of Titus costumes below!

(Photo: Arya Roshanian/LA Opera)

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The ‘Magic’ of Opera: Soprano Jasmine Mangal Talks “The Magic Dream”

Thousands of students are about to experience the magic of opera for the first time. What can they expect? To start, there is Mozart’s exquisite music, a soprano singing stratospheric high notes and even an evil villain dressed as a hot dog.

Welcome to The Magic Dream, LA Opera’s retelling of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The production is currently touring performing arts venues around Los Angeles and introduces kids to the magic of opera (and laughter).

We caught up with Jasmine Mangal, an LA Opera Teaching Artist performing in The Magic Dream, on which it’s like to be living her dream as a singer.

LA Opera Teaching Artists rehearse for The Magic Dream.

Jasmine Mangal (center) and LA Opera Teaching Artists rehearse for The Magic Dream.

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Miah Im Discusses Her Life as Head of Music Staff at LA Opera

As LA Opera’s Head of Music Staff, Miah Im wears many hats during the course of any given day. This fall, she was the associate conductor for Satyagraha and a rehearsal pianist for Hansel and Gretel.

Miah Im, Head of Music Staff at LA Opera

Miah Im, Head of Music Staff at LA Opera

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Call for Entries – Artists and Designers – You’re Invited!

**DEADLINE EXTENDED to MONDAY, DECEMBER 17**

LA Opera is hosting a contest for currently enrolled college students in Southern California!

You are invited to submit artwork for LA Opera’s spring production of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus! The winning submission will be featured on the cover of the show’s performance program and displayed at the home of LA Opera, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

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LA Opera: By The Numbers

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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Read What Audiences Are Saying About Hansel and Gretel!

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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The Measure of Operatic Success

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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James Conlon on Hansel and Gretel: “[It’s] not a children’s opera!

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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From the Classroom to the Stage: Local Teens Perform in an Opera They Helped Create

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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Five Highlights From LA Opera’s Hansel and Gretel!

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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Composer Joby Talbot on Re-Scoring ‘Vampyr’

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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Read What Audiences Are Saying About Satyagraha!

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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Win Two Tickets to the 2019 Plácido Domingo Awards!

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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François Couperin: De la lumière aux ténèbres (“From Light to Darkness”)

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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Five Highlights from LA Opera’s Satyagraha!

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 Receives 2018 MacArthur Fellowship

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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Meet Plácido Domingo and James Conlon on October 11!

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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Four Facts About Les Talens Lyriques!

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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Read What Audiences Are Saying About Don Carlo!

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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