Celebrate 10 Years of Artistic Leadership

James Conlon; Photo: Chester Higgins

James Conlon; Photo: Chester Higgins

James Conlon’s remarkable work with the LA Opera Orchestra has elevated LA Opera’s artistry to a new level of excellence. He has also brought lost works to life through the Recovered Voices project and, working closely with Plácido Domingo, has contributed enormously to developing a love for opera in our city.

From convening, citywide festivals to packing the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall during his pre-performance talks, Mr. Conlon has become one of the most visible advocates for classical music in Los Angeles.

This season, Maestro Conlon celebrates his tenth anniversary as LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, and he recently extended his contract to the 2020/2021 season.

LA Opera invites you to celebrate Maestro Conlon’s achievements by supporting the James Conlon Tenth Anniversary Initiative, which will provide critical funds to support new programing and further enhance our acclaimed orchestra.

Additionally, we’ve curated some articles, videos, and a podcast below to help you get to know Maestro Conlon and illustrate why he has become a beloved figure in the cultural life of Los Angeles.

Get To Know Maestro Conlon

James Conlon, Celebrating 10 Years at LA Opera (and Ready for More)

At the age of 11, James Conlon attended a performance at The Metropolitan Opera for the first time. It hooked him. He wanted nothing more than to listen to classical music day and night and pursued a career as a conductor. In the decades since, Maestro Conlon has become a brilliant leader in the field, now serves as LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, and has led the LA Opera Orchestra through more than fifty operas.


Notes from the Maestro on the LA Opera Blog

Why did Salome ignite opera in the 20th century?

Salome is Maestro Conlon’s favorite Strauss opera. Find out why and how the opera changed the course of opera in the 20th century.

James Conlon on Mozart and The Abduction from the Seraglio

How did Mozart come to compose The Abduction from the Seraglio? Maestro Conlon discusses the opera’s history and significance.

Why Verdi’s Macbeth Is Important

Maestro Conlon discusses how Giuseppe Verdi, in writing Macbeth, made a major leap into the future of the art form.


Behind the Curtain Podcasts

Hear Maestro Conlon speak about the latest productions he’s conducted at LA Opera.

Maestro Conlon Talks The Abduction from the Seraglio

Maestro Conlon Talks Macbeth


Pre-Performance Talks

Prior to every performance, LA Opera’s acclaimed Music Director Maestro James Conlon and other scholars of note hold an engaging and informative talk about the opera our audience is about to see. Generously sponsored by The Flora L. Thornton Foundation and The Opera League of Los Angeles, these talks are free of charge to those attending the performance and take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Click here to see a live stream of the pre-show lecture for Salome.

To learn more about the James Conlon Tenth Anniversary Initiative, click here.

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