Tag Archives: 2018/19

Q&A: Elizabeth DeShong on her first Mozart role in “The Clemency of Titus”

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong sings her first Mozart role in LA Opera’s The Clemency of Titus. She gave us her thoughts on the character Sesto, a Roman patrician who is caught between his love love for another and his loyalty to Emperor Titus (you know, the ultimate “pals before gals” dilemma).

Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto in LA Opera's 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto in LA Opera’s 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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How We Built Rome in “The Clemency of Titus”

Our new production of The Clemency of Titus features some pretty realistic stage effects. Like setting the entire stage on fire (yeah, you read that right). It took a team of 100 more than a year to create these state-of-the-art effects, and the results are mind-blowing.

Through a series of three behind-the-scenes videos, take a look at how we created stage magic in The Clemency of Titus. Can you guess how many sheets of gold leaf are meticulously applied onto the stage walls? The numbers may surprise you.

A scene from LA Opera's 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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Flames, Fury, Forgiveness: 5 Highlights from The Clemency of Titus

What happens when you cross a love triangle, a noblewoman hungry for power, and the city of Rome in flames? LA Opera’s first-ever production of The Clemency of Titus, that’s what. Combine that with a stellar cast of fast-rising singers, some of whom who already have long histories with the company, and you have a show that’s well-worth the wait. Take a peek at The Clemency of Titus below with the five most exciting highlights from the show.

Director Thaddeus Strassberger (left) on stage of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Director Thaddeus Strassberger (left) on stage of The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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Q&A: Russell Thomas on Emperor Titus, Mozart and more

Russell Thomas has dazzled LA Opera audiences as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca and Pollione in Norma. And now the superstar tenor is back to headline The Clemency of TitusWe caught up with Russell just in time for opening night (on March 2) — our own Titus gave us the skinny on this opera and why tenors have a bone to pick with Mozart.

Tenor Russell Thomas as Titus in The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

Tenor Russell Thomas as Titus in The Clemency of Titus (Photo: Cory Weaver/LA Opera)

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Five Moments To Look Forward To from LA Opera’s 2019 Productions!

After a brief pause for the holidays, LA Opera is back for 2019! We have a busy few weeks until we officially return for our 2018/19 season, but there is already plenty to look forward to. From the return of Maestro Plácido Domingo to operas gracing the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the first time, it will be a season to remember.

Take a look at some highlights we have in store for the next few months!

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A Year in Review: LA Opera’s Highlights from 2018

LA Opera experienced many firsts in 2018. From Emmy Award-winning artists making their debuts to stunningly powerful world premieres on our Off Grand stage, we are proud of our accomplishments over the last 12 months.

The LA Opera family thanks you for making our 2018 so successful. As we wind down for the holidays, take a look at some highlights throughout this monumental year.

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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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Anna Schubert Discusses “p r i s m” and the Importance of Female-Driven Projects

Ellen Reid’s latest opera “p r i s m” tackles a very serious and significant subject that is especially relevant today. It tells the story of an ill girl, Bibi, and her doting mother, Lumee, who live locked away from the world. The libretto, written by Roxie Perkins, also explores the elasticity of memory after trauma, and the lengths one will go to to “feel better.”

Anna Schubert as Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid's "p r i s m" (Photo: Larry Ho/LA Opera)

Anna Schubert as Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid’s “p r i s m” (Photo: Larry Ho/LA Opera)

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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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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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Sasha Cooke on Playing Hansel: “He’s The Opposite of Everything I Do”

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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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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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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Ana María Martínez Discusses Elisabeth de Valois in Verdi’s Don Carlo

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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Three Easy Don Carlo Inspired Cocktail Recipes

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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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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