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  • 08/27/2015

    #tbt: LA Opera Does Porgy and Bess

    George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess was the closing production of LA Opera’s inaugural season.  It was seen as a highly influential production, created for Houston Grand Opera in 1976, that made the case for the work as a true opera, rather than a Broadway musical, and restored Gershwin’s complete... View More

  • 08/26/2015


    ARIA ( 4 Scrabble points) - Italian - An aria is an operatic solo, accompanied by music. Similar to a monologue in a play or a solo in a musical, an aria is the truest expression of a characters desires and soul; it's an outpouring of emotion often occurring when a character is most vulnerable.... View More

  • 08/25/2015

    All Is Bustling On The Opera Front

    Meredith Arwady and Arturo Chacón-Cruz rehearse a scene from Gianni Schicchi. Weeks before opening night, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion bustles with preparations for the upcoming opera season. As summer draws to a close, props are unpacked and organized, costume fittings occur, large sets are unloade... View More

  • 08/24/2015

    Costume Shop of Wonders

    “What a costume designer does is a cross between magic and camouflage.”  –Edith Head Today, LA Opera’s two-story costume shop in Downtown LA is filled with racks of costumes for the upcoming season. There are rows of colorful pieces for Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci right next to Grecian-inspir... View More

  • 08/19/2015

    It's A Props World After All

    From cars to animals, props are part of a production’s core. Whether they have been sourced for a new production or arrive as part of a production that’s rented from another opera company, props all have stories behind them. Working with props involves researching about new worlds and eras to hel... View More

  • 08/13/2015

    All the Stage's a World

    “I may not be an expert at every single detail, but I’m involved in every single thing that goes on, and that’s incredibly rewarding.” Wrap your brain around this amazing little factoid: While many opera companies have Production Stage Managers, only very few, as in less than 20 in the whole of t... View More

  • 08/11/2015

    Then Kids Stood Up and Performed Opera

    Opera campers in a scene from Then I Stood Up This past weekend, fifty-three children and teens took a stand through art. LA Opera’s summer opera camp performed, Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle at Barnsdall Theatre Gallery in Hollywood. With scenes from four operas promoting themes of socia... View More

  • 08/11/2015

    A Camper's Words

    Nine-year old Flora White is a born storyteller. She wrote a poem entitled, “The Butterfly in Winter,” and gave a copy to each of her fellow campers prior to this weekend’s first performance of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle . Here are her lovely words. The Butterfly in Winter By Flora Whi... View More

  • 08/07/2015

    The Sweet Life Of An Opera Lady

    I’m on my way to the other side of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a meeting. A couple minutes late, I hurry down to the corner of the world that houses LA Opera’s box office team. Something catches my eye. It’s a mural, painted on the side of a wall that includes scenes from various operas. I... View More

  • 08/06/2015

    Golda, Ela, Friedl: A Personal Connection Across Generations

    Golda (left, center) warming up with her fellow opera campers When sixteen-year-old soprano Golda Berkman performs the role of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis in this weekend’s opera camp production of Then I Stood Up: A Civil Rights Cycle, Ela Weissberger, 85, will be in the audience.   Weissberger was o... View More