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LA Opera Announces 2018-19 Season Young Artists
Plácido Domingo, LA Opera's Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has announced the 2018-19 season's LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists. Out of the 650 applicants, 200 live auditions and, ultimately, 28 final candidates, five singers were chosen. The five singers chosen were baritone Michael J. Hawk, who has worked with the Santa Fe Opera and Wolf Trap Opera, and mezzo-soprano Niru Liu, who will participate in the Pacific Music Festival this summer. Soprano Erica Petrocelli was also chosen,…
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LA Opera Off Grand & The Broad Stage To Present A New Double Bill
LA Opera Off Grand and The Broad Stage will present a double bill of one-act operas by composer-librettist Gordon Getty. The double bill, dubbed "Scare Pair" the composer-librettist, will include "The Usher House" and "The Canterville Ghost." Conducted by Sara Jobin, the incoming artistic director of the Center for Contemporary Opera, the production will be directed by Brian Staufenbiel. "The Usher House" will star tenor Dominic Armstrong as Edgar Allan Poe, baritone Keith Phares…
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Q&A: Adela Zaharia On Winning Operalia & Her U.S. Debut At The LA Opera
It has been a whirlwind year for Adela Zaharia. The Romanian soprano won the Operalia competition in 2017 and since then her profile has risen. She made a surprising debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper, where she returns this summer for a new production. She was also featured as an ensemble member at the Deutsche Oper de Rhien, returned to the Komische Oper and recently joined IMG artists. Now she is…
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LA Opera Welcomes Three Board Of Directors
Patricia Artigas, Lauren B. Leichtman, and Sean V. Madnani have been elected to the LA Opera board of directors at a recent meeting. Patricia Artigas is a retired partner at Capital Research Global Company, a subsidiary of the Capital Group Companies, where she worked for 22 years as an investment professional, with a focus in Emerging Markets. Meanwhile, Lauren B. Leichtman  previously served as a member of the board from 1998 to 2012…
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LA Opera Off Grand Presents ‘Great Opera Choruses’
On Saturday, April 28, the LA Opera will present a free concert of Great Opera Choruses with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon leading the LA Opera Chorus. The concert will include famous choruses from popular operas by Bizet, Verdi, Puccini, Bernstein, and more. Audiences will have the opportunity to join in the fun by singing along with the pros to such famous pieces as the Anvil Chorus from "Il Trovatore" and…
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LA Opera Adds New Production To 2018-19 Season
The Los Angeles Opera continues to alter its 2018-19 season, now adding an opera that was not originally slated to appear at all. The work in question is David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs,” which will a single performance on Oct. 13, 2018. The work will be showcased as part of the company’s Off Grand showcases and will be directed by Ashley Tata at the Ford Theatre. The work will star…
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LA Opera Announces Date Change for Plácido Domingo’s ‘El Gato Montés’
The Los Angeles Opera has announced a date change for its hotly anticipated production of “El Gato Montés” for the 2018-19 season. The work was originally scheduled to start its run on April 27, 2019, but will now commence on May 4, 2019. The other performances of the run will remain the same; they are still set to take place on May 5, 8, 11, 16, and 19. The production…
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LA Opera and SongFest Announce New Program for Emerging Artists
LA Opera and SongFest have partnered together to launch The Eva & Marc Stern SongFest – LA Opera Fellowship Program, granting further opportunities for rising singers to hone their craft and perform before audiences. For the last 23 years, the SongFest program has helped singers and pianists from their venue at The Colburn School. Students of this year’s SongFest program, which runs from May 12 to June 3, can expect…
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Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (3/9-11): 3 Classics Coupled With 2 Modern Works Lead the Way
For this week’s recommendations, we have two modern works coupled with three classic masterworks (or more like four with two in a double bill). Throw in a combination of small and big-name companies and this weekend’s recommendations run a wide and diverse gamut. Un Ballo In Maschera – Livermore Valley Opera First up on our list is the independent company’s showcase of the Verdi masterwork. It kicks off on March…
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Matthew Aucoin’s ‘Crossing’ Gets Additional Performance in West Coast Premiere
Matthew Aucoin’s “Crossing” is set to get an additional performance from LA Opera Off Grand. The performance, given at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, will be featured on May 26, now in addition to the originally scheduled one on May 25, which is the work’s West Coast Premiere. The additional performance came about as a result of high ticket demand for the original showcase. The presentation is slated…