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Blog entries posted during July 2012

LA Opera On Air Begins July 7 on WFMT

LA Opera is collaborating with Classical KUSC to produce the sixth consecutive season of LA Opera on Air, a weekly broadcast series of performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Hosted by Duff Murphy, the series will feature all six operas from LA Opera’s 2011/12 season.

The series will syndicated throughout the United States and internationally on the WFMT Radio Network. Broadcast dates and times on the WFMT Radio Network vary in differing media markets; please visit WFMT for more information.

Broadcast Schedule
Eugene Onegin
WFMT: Saturday, July 7, 12pm CDT
Young and impassioned, Tatiana (soprano Oksana Dyka) hastily writes a love letter to the brooding aristocrat Onegin (baritone Dalibor Jenis). She unwittingly sets off an unstoppable series of events, leaving Onegin forever regretting the love he so casually spurned.

Così fan tutteWFMT: Saturday, July 14, 12pm CDT
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s delightfully comic battle of the sexes comes to life with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit. The cast includes soprano Aleksandra Kurzak and bass-baritone Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.  

Roméo et Juliette
WFMT: Saturday, July 21, 12pm CDT
Soprano Nino Machaidze and tenor Vittorio Grigolo star as the world’s most famous lovers.  

Simon Boccanegra
WFMT: Saturday, July 28, 12pm CDT
Plácido Domingo sings the title role of Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, a grand-scale study of power and treachery that finds an emotional center in the tender bond between father and daughter. 

Albert Herring
WFMT: Saturday, August 4, 12pm CDT
Benjamin Britten’s comedy takes place in the English countryside, where meek mama’s boy Albert (tenor Alek Shrader) reluctantly becomes his village’s first May King when no maidens of sufficient virtue can be found. Soprano Christine Brewer stars as the formidable Lady Billows.  

La Bohème
WFMT: Saturday, August 11, 12pm CDT
In this rebroadcast, a poet discovers true romance with a lovely, fragile seamstress among the evocative rooftops, cafés and garrets of Paris. Soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, fast-rising young singers who are married in real life, star as Mimi and Rodolfo.  

LA Opera on Air is made possible by generous grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

LA Opera Off Grand Presents "The Two Foscari - In Concert" at the Segerstrom Center October 1

Firebreather from The Two Foscari

In our ongoing mission to bring the artistry of LA Opera to a wider audience, we’ve joined forces with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to present a special LA Opera Off Grand performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s The Two Foscari (I Due Foscari) in Orange County.  On Monday, October 1 at 7:30pm, Plácido Domingo and the cast of our fully staged production, as well as the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus, will present the rarely performed early Verdi masterpiece in a special concert performance under the baton of LA Opera Music Director James Conlon at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa CA 92626). Mr. Conlon will also speak at the free Preview Talk prior to the performance at 7:00pm. 

Tickets to the concert performance of The Two Foscari start at $40 and will go on sale to the public at www.SCFTA.org on August 5.

For more information about the concert performance or purchasing tickets, visit LA Opera.com

Plácido Domingo Featured in Opera Now

July/August 2012 cover of Opera Now

Opera Now celebrates the 2012 Summer Olympics with an exciting feature on the life and work of 10 living legends of the operatic stage, including an exclusive interview with our own operatic Gold medalist, Plácido Domingo. Read the full article by clicking on the image above. 

Domingo-Dudamel Caption Contest*

AND THE WINNER IS: Abdiel Gonzalez from the fantastic LA Opera Chorus with:

“Don Quixote thought his golden helmet of Mambrino could save him from Medusa....he was wrong...”  

Caption this!

Congratulations and enjoy the concert! 





The Employee who writes the funniest caption for the above photo will win 2 Terrace-level tickets to Dudamel & Domingo! at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 7:30pm.

Leave your caption in the comments below. Diane Rhodes Bergman, LA Opera VP of Marketing and Communications, will be picking the best caption – so good luck! And be sure to keep it clean! 

IMPORTANT: Contest open only to LA Opera Employees. The tickets will be left in your name at the Box Office; you will need to pick them up between 10-6 on Friday or Saturday. Deadline to enter is noon on Friday, August 17, 2012. The winner will be notified by via email by 3pm on Friday, August 17.