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Meet the Artists of Simon Boccanegra on March 1

Got plans on Thursday, March 1? Well, drop them and come to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to see Simon Boccanegra instead! (And if you’ve already seen it, come back and see it again.) Immediately following the March 1 performance, we’re hosting a special reception for all ticket holders in the Oval Bar where you can meet the artists from this spectacular, critically and popularly acclaimed production!  Plácido Domingo, Maestro James Conlon, Ana Maria Martinez, members of the orchestra and chorus will all be on hand to meet and greet fans!

There will be complimentary coffee and deserts and the bar will be open for additional purchases.

For tickets, visit www.laopera.org and we’ll see you on March 1!

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. 

Dulce Rosa's New Life -- By Isabel Allende

In l987 I fell in love with a Californian and moved to the United States. We started living together and soon I realized I had no room of my own to write. It was impossible to tackle the long project of a novel, so I tried my hand at short stories, which I could write waiting for my lover in coffee shops and parks. I came up with 23 stories. Given my state of mind (or state of heart) at the time, they were all love stories. Most of them were timeless and located in unnamed places in South America.

One of the stories was called “Revenge” and it was the tragedy of a young woman called Dulce Rosa who spent years planning how to punish the man who had raped her and killed her family. It doesn’t sound like a love theme, does it? Trust me, it is. The story came to me whole, like a gift. I wrote it down in a sort of trance, in one sitting. It was published in a collection with the title Stories of Eva Luna. I did the required book tours and promptly forgot about it, never imagining that, more than 20 years later, Dulce Rosa would come back in a new form thanks to a couple of visionary artists. And what a delightful form it is indeed!

When Richard Sparks and Lee Holdridge first contacted me about transforming my story into an opera, I loved the idea but was quite skeptical regarding its feasibility. An opera is a very ambitious endeavor; in fact, it is so ambitious that it would be an endangered form of art without a handful of passionate lovers of the genre and idealists like Richard and Lee. I reread my story and realized that it lends itself well for the stage, so I accepted their proposal. However, I had little hope that it would ever see the limelight. They left and once again I forgot about Dulce Rosa. But they didn’t. For years they worked on the script, the lyrics and the music, they assembled a formidable team of musicians and singers, and they got Plácido Domingo to conduct. Deep thanks to Plácido Domingo, LA Opera and the Broad Stage for making these performances possible. Although some changes were necessary for the stage, they respected the essence of the story, and I believe that they also enhanced it. For example, they added new characters who were needed to make the plot clearer and they changed the ending. Richard explained to me that an open ending, like the one in the book, would not work in an opera, and I did not object because he has a lifetime of experience in this matters.

By the end of 2012 Richard and Lee came to my house in Marin County to show me on their PCs the result of all those years of dreaming and creating. I was able to hear the beautiful music composed by Lee, discuss the libretto written by Richard, hear most of the singers rehearsing, and see, in amazement, the fantastic sets that Yael Pardess and Jenny Okun imagined for this opera. I was very impressed. All that talent and effort invested in bringing my story to life! By the end of that unforgettable day I was on the verge of tears. Since then I have not been able to get the music and some of the scenes out of my head; they haunt me, as I hope they will haunt everyone who sees it.

Isabel Allende

LA Opera On Air Begins Saturday, May 18

For the eighth consecutive year Classical KUSC brings you LA Opera On Air, Saturdays at 10am.  Each week you’ll hear a complete performance from LA Opera’s 2012/13 Season, recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  The series is hosted by KUSC’s Duff Murphy and continues to be made possible by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

May 18
Giuseppe Verdi: The Two Foscari

The Two Foscari

Plácido Domingo and James Conlon join forces in a new production of this Verdi masterpiece. The languid canals and boisterous festivals of 15th-century Venice conceal a deadly web of secret plots and vindictive rivalries. Caught up in forces beyond their control, a father and son struggle to reclaim honor in a city that knows no mercy.

Plácido Domingo stars as a head of state, desperate to protect his son -- and himself -- from the ruthless enemies that surround them.

May 25
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni

The legendary seducer Don Juan returns in a production new to LA! Considered by many to be the greatest opera ever written, Don Giovanni deftly balances comedy and tragedy with unforgettable music.

Features a vividly theatrical staging by the legendary director Peter Stein, the smolderingly intense Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as Don Giovanni, and LA Opera's rich tradition of Mozart's classics.

June 1
Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly

A love that knows no boundaries goes horribly wrong in a fateful meeting of East and West. What begins as an idyllic liaison in an enchanting land of cherry blossoms turns into the heartbreaking tragedy of an abandoned bride forced to make an excruciating decision.

A stunning production, never before seen in Los Angeles, melds sumptuous costumes with evocative period scenery. From the acclaimed director of Il Postino, Ron Daniels.

June 8
Richard Wagner: Flying Dutchman

The legend of the ghostly ship condemned to wander the oceans forever has fascinated opera lovers - and more recently, movie lovers - for hundreds of years. An enthralling score, illuminated by striking stage imagery, powers a thrilling journey into an unsettling, mythic world where a tormented spirit seeks true love as his redemption.

James Conlon, one of the foremost Wagner interpreters of our time, leads a world-class cast in a mesmerizing production, new to Los Angeles, staged by the brilliant Nikolaus Lehnhoff.

June 15
Giochino Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)

In her impoverished stepfather's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.

Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast and a production new to Los Angeles! Conducted by James Conlon.

June 22
Giacomo Puccini: Tosca

A fiery prima donna is forced to play a role she never imagined when she becomes trapped between her allegiance to her rebel lover and the scheming of a treacherous police chief who will stop at nothing in his lust for her. The explosive triangle comes to a hair-raising conclusion in one of opera's bloodiest, most intense dramas.

One of the most popular of all operas, Tosca is a passionate tale set to some of Puccini's most openly beautiful and passionate music.

For more information visit www.KSUC.org

Placido Domingo hospitalized in Spain, cancels Madrid performances

Placido Domingo

LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo was admitted Monday, July 8, into a hospital in his native city of Madrid, where he is being successfully treated for a pulmonary embolism resulting from a deep vein thrombosis. Maestro Domingo is expected to make a full recovery.

Per his doctor's instructions, he will need to rest for 3 to 4 weeks. His exact return to his performing engagements remains subject to how fast he can heal and regain his characteristic strength. He has, however, had to cancel his  performances in Daniel Catan's Il Postino scheduled to begin at the Teatro Real in Madrid on Wednesday, July 17, as well as a performance at Madrid’s Plaza Mayor on July 21. 

All of us at LA Opera wish Maestro Domingo a full and speedy recovery. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time.

Plácido Domingo Announces LA Opera’s 2015/2016 Season!

15-16 season grid

Plácido Domingo has announced LA Opera's 2015/16 season, which is dedicated to you, the audience, and our community!  This exciting 30th Anniversary Season is filled with audience favorites, with plenty of LA Opera flair thrown in for good measure. The season will open on September 12, 2015, and will run through June 19, 2016.

A season-opening double bill provides a unique opportunity to see Plácido Domingo star in Woody Allen's riotus staging of Puccini's comic masterpiece Gianni Schicchi, and also conduct Franco Zeffirelli's grandly scaled production of Pagliacci starring Marco Berti and Ana María Martínez.  The season continues with the epic Moby-Dick, starring the sensational Jay Hunter Morris who returns to LA Opera as Captain Ahab, followed by the greatest of all bel canto dramas, Norma, featuring a superlative quartet of soloists led by Angela Meade.

The second half of the season begins with the eagerly anticipated revival of a production that created a sensation in 2013, Mozart's The Magic Flute! Then Ana María Martínez returns for her second leading role of the season in a stunning, new-to-Los Angeles production of Madame Butterfly. And the season concludes with the return of Nino Machaidze in her role debut as Mimi in the beloved, timeless classic, La Boheme!

We're also pleased to announce two very special events! Two of the greatest voices of our time, Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, combine forces in an unforgettable, one-night-only 30th Anniversary Concert conducted by James Conlon leading the LA Opera Orchestra. And superstar bass Erwin Schrott explores the passion, melancholy and erotic power of tango in Rojotango In Concert.


This season at the REDCAT, LA Opera Off Grand presents the West Coast premiere of Song from the Uproar, a multimedia opera that combines live musical performance  and original film inspired by the journals of adventuress Isabelle Ernhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. Based on actual 18th-century texts, the World Premiere of Anatomy Theater follows the progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and ultimately public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. 


This Halloween, Hollywood's most alluring vampire gets an evocative contemporary soundtrack. Philip Glass' hypnotic score for Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula blows the cobwebs off the horror classic, adding new depth to the emotional layers of the drama. Glass himself will share the stage with the celebrated Kronos Quartet, their live performances providing an eerie counterpart to the suspensful classic projected on the big screen. Performances will take place at the Ace Hotel in the heart of Downtown LA!


Free performances of a community opera for families, The Festival Play of Daniel, will be conducted by James Conlon and performed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in March 2016. For more information about the Off Grand initiative, visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.

Subscription packages for the 2015/2016 Season are now available. Subscribe online or call 213.972.8001 to order by phone!

Box Office opens to the public for individual tickets on June 28, 2015

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.