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Blog entries posted during December 2012

Taking Our Show On The Road: LAO's Secondary In-School Opera Program

LA Opera Educational Residency Program from William Ohanesian on Vimeo.

Each year, LA Opera takes the show offstage in into the classroom with our Secondary In-School Opera Program. This year, seven Southern California schools from South East High School in South Gate to Leichman High School in Reseda, LAO’s Education and Community Programs department worked with nine classrooms to teach students all of the elements of presenting youth opera, including music, staging, costumes and the technical aspects of theater production.

This season’s In-School Opera, The Letter by composer and librettist Shane Cadman, was specifically commissioned by LA Opera for the program, was inspired by the classic drama Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand and follows a group of students as they grapple with the same issues of unrequited love, language and perception as in the masterpiece that served as its inspiration.

Learn more about our Secondary In-School Opera Program, the Education & Community Programs team, the educators and students involved in this incredible awe-inspiring program short film news clip produced by videographer William Ohanesian.

For additional information, please contact Stacy Brightman, Senior Director of Education and Community Programs, at 213.972.3157.

LA Opera Pays Off 2009 Loan

It's great to be able to close a chapter and look forward to a bright future. Earlier this year, LA Opera began to turn the page when we repaid half of a $14 million bridge loan from Banc of America, guaranteed by Los Angeles County, that stabilized the Company in 2009. This week, we’re proud to say that we made the final payment on the loan, a major step towards our long-term stability and growth.  

This is a direct testament to the generosity of our Board, donors, and the dedication of our ticket buyers. Because of this ongoing support and commitment, LA Opera will continue to grow and thrive.  We are profoundly grateful to the Board of Supervisors for their longstanding trust and confidence in LA Opera, and for recognizing the important and prestigious role that a world-class opera company plays in the greater Los Angeles community.

June 7 Concert / Placido Domingo Award

The music of Spain and Latin American comes to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on a gala night! As a special addition to the 2012/13 season, LA Opera will present An Evening of Spanish Zarzuela and Latin American Music, a June 7 concert to be followed by the presentation of Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera’s annual Plácido Domingo Award. This year’s award will be presented to soprano Ailyn Pérez, who last appeared with LA Opera as Mimi in La Bohème.

Ailyn PerezSoprano Ailyn Perez

Plácido Domingo, whose parents were celebrated singers of zarzuela—the popular Spanish form of operetta—will perform as both singer and as conductor, leading the LA Opera Orchestra. The concert will also feature singers from LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and from Operalia, the international vocal competition founded by Mr. Domingo. Soloists will include soprano Janai Brugger, a former member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program whose recent appearances include her Metropolitan Opera debut as Liu in Turandot and Musetta in La Bohème with LA Opera. She will be joined by tenor Joshua Guerrero, a first-year member of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and by Uruguayan soprano María Eugenia Antúnez, a 2011 Operalia semi-finalist who will create the title role in the May 2013 world premiere of Dulce Rosa by Lee Holdridge.

The concert will be followed by the 15th annual Plácido Domingo Awards Gala, presented by Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera, taking place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall immediately after the concert. The annual event, chaired by HLAO founder Alicia Garcia Clark, celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic artists as well as those who contribute to the awareness of opera and its educational value in the Latino community of Los Angeles.

This year’s recipient of the Domingo Award, soprano Ailyn Pérez, most recently appeared with LA Opera as Mimi in La Bohème. Born to Mexican parents, she is the 2012 winner of the prestigious Richard Tucker Award – the first Hispanic to win the award in its history. The Richard Tucker Foundation Gala, which took place November 11 at Avery Fisher Hall in New York, will be televised nationally on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center on Thursday, December 13. In Los Angeles, the program airs at 8:30pm on PBS SoCal. (In other locations, click here to check local listings for broadcast information.) 

Tickets to the concert will go on sale to the public on December 18. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased in person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, by telephone at 213.972.8001 or online at www.laopera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email laopera@laopera.org.

Invitations to the Plácido Domingo Awards Dinner will be sent in early spring. For more information, please call LA Opera’s special events department at 213.972.3664. For more information about Hispanics for Los Angeles Opera, please visit www.hispanicsforlaopera.org.