Los Angeles Opera Receives Support for Chorus From NEA

By David Salazar

Los Angeles Opera has received a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

In sum, the organization will receive $150,000 in support of the LA Opera Chorus for its remaining productions of the 2021-22 season, including “St. Matthew Passion” and “Aida.” “St. Matthew Passion” opens on March 2 while “Aida” is set to premiere on May 12, 2022.

“This generous grant will have a significant impact on LA Opera’s financial well-being during a particularly challenging time, and we are incredibly grateful for the NEA’s recognition of and support for our artistic mission,” said Christopher Koelsch, the company’s Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO, in an official release. “I would also like to express my thanks to our elected representatives for their support of the NEA and for the value that they place on the impact of the arts in the cultural, civic and economic lives of our communities.”

Los Angeles Opera was one of 1,248 NEA award recipients across America. The National Endowment for the Arts provided $28,840,000 in the Grants for Arts Projects category for the first round of the fiscal year 2022 funding. Other major opera companies to receive grants from the NEA in 2022 include Central City Opera and Portland Opera.