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LA Opera Off Grand

Off Grand

Off Grand

As an organization, we believe in the power of opera and other art to enhance and enrich people’s lives. The collective enjoyment of live opera builds community and adds to our emotional and intellectual well-being. This is true regardless of one’s age or background.

In 2012, LA Opera announced a new initiative to help us support the company’s mission to embody the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles through the art of opera: the Off Grand initiative.

Complementing our existing mainstage opera and educational programming, LA Opera Off Grand encompasses a wide variety of artistic exploration. Our objectives are to serve a broader geographical area, increase the diversity of our audience and expand the range of experiences available to existing audiences.

We invite you to join us in our ongoing exploration of operatic expression.

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2016/17 SEASON EVENTS

The Source (October 19 - 23, 2016, at REDCAT)
Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has many identities: adrift adolescent, emboldened whistleblower, traitor to her country. In this penetrating music-theater work, composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the media hysteria responsible for the many faces of the Army private who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. An ever shifting chorus of silent witnesses looms (on large format video) as four singers descend into the digital mire. With computer-processed voices, they inhabit a fever-dream assemblage of Twitter feeds, cable news reports, chat transcripts, court testimony and declassified military video, asking how we, as individuals and a nation, confront the massive information which Manning brought to light.

Nosferatu (October 29, 31, 2016, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
With striking imagery that has burrowed into the dark corners of the public's psyche for the past century, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is as immortal as its iconic antagonist. The silver screen’s first vampire—played by Max Schreck as a twisted, clawed and fanged creature completely unlike Bela Lugosi's urbane Dracula—continues to influence cinematic horror to this day. LA Opera is proud to add its own Matthew Aucoin to that esteemed list. The company's incoming Artist in Residence will create and conduct a new score for chamber orchestra, incorporating composers of Murnau's time such as Schreker, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Webern and Berg, as well as new music composed by Aucoin himself.

Thumbprint (June 15-18, 2017, at REDCAT)
An astonishing true story of courage and triumph, Thumbprint explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female victim of gang rape to bring her attackers to justice in Pakistan. In lieu of a financial settlement, she requested that a school be constructed to educate girls. She hoped to educate the young, to help prevent the humiliation of signing their names with only a thumbprint.The story is told through a dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with Hindustani and European opera influences, and a libretto by Susan Yankowitz, originating from a series of interviews with Mai.

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2015/16 SEASON EVENTS

Anatomy Theater (June 16-19, 2016, at REDCAT)
Based on actual 18th-century texts, Anatomy Theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all.  Anatomy Theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, Anatomy Theater is a joyous, tuneful and grisly theatrical event.

Song from the Uproar (October 8-11, 2015, at REDCAT)
A multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film, this compelling new work was inspired by the journals of the remarkable Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), an adventurer who left her life in Switzerland behind for an unfettered existence in the North African desert.

Dracula (October 29-31, 2015, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
For its 1998 restoration of the 1931 horror classic starring Bela Lugosi, Universal Studios commissioned composer Philip Glass to write a hypnotic new instrumental score forDracula, adding depth to the emotional layers of the drama. Glass himself will share the stage along with the celebrated Kronos Quartet for a live performance of the score, providing an eerie counterpart to the suspense of the creepy classic projected on the big screen.  Performances will take place at the gorgeously restored Theatre at Ace Hotel, a 1927 Spanish Gothic movie palace in the heart of downtown (929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015).

Festival Play of Daniel (March 4-5, 2016, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels)
LA Opera continues its annual tradition of presenting community opera for families at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This season's production is an inpiring medieval music drama, which tells the beloved Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den, conducted by James Conlon.

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