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opera at the beach

a zev yaroslavsky live broadcast

LA Opera is pleased to inaugurate a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. The inaugural presentation, Verdi’s La Traviata, will be broadcast live in high-definition from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier. The live broadcast will be captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and shown simultaneously on a large LED screen on the Santa Monica Pier deck.

Audience members are strongly encouraged to reserve advance tickets to avoid long entrance lines on the night of the broadcast. Advance tickets can be reserved on this page with a handling fee of $1 per order.

Free tickets can also be obtained in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012). While advance tickets are highly recommended, any leftover tickets will be available to walk-ups at no charge at the Santa Monica Pier on the evening of the broadcast.


In the giddy, glitzy world of the Roaring Twenties, a naive young man falls head over heels for a glamorous party girl. Together they trade the fast life for an idyllic love nest far from the city…until an unexpected visitor threatens to tear them apart.

One of opera’s greatest romances, La Traviata returns in Marta Domingo’s dazzlingly updated Art Deco-inspired production. Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, returns as Violetta, with Arturo Chacón-Cruz as her handsome Alfredo. The incomparable Plácido Domingo returns in one of his newest signature roles, as a father determined to do the right thing.

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tips for the pier

Seating at the event is GENERAL ADMISSION. Arrive early to get the best area, and be sure to bring your own seating.

The pier will be open for the live broadcast beginning at 5:30pm for pre-performance picnicking.

A bike valet is available for your convenience from 5:30 - 11:30pm. The valet is located near the volleyball courts on the south side of the pier.

A beer and wine garden on the pier deck is provided by Rusty's Surf Ranch. Rusty's will also be open at their restaurant location for food and drink service.

click here for a listing of restaurants on the pier 

Join the pre-performance lecture by phone!  LA Opera Music Director and conductor of La Traviata, Maestro James Conlon will speak live in an entertaining and informative talk about the opera you're about to see.

A live stream video will appear here at 6:30pm or call in and listen by phone: 1.626.677.3000  Access code: 314902#


200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401



at the pier

Lot 1 North (1550 Palisades Beach Rd.) underneath the pier is accessible via Appian Way. From I-10 West, exit Lincoln Blvd or 4th St and turn left.  Turn right on Pico Blvd, pass through Ocean Ave, and turn right on Appian Way.  Proceed under the pier bridge to parking lot entrance.

What to bring

to the pier

Bring your own seating: blankets, low lawn seats, and cushions. Prepared food picnics are encouraged. We suggest warm clothing and solid footwear as the surface of the pier can be unstable. We also suggest you bring CASH for parking, beer garden, and food vendors.

PLEASE NOTE: All bags will be checked upon entry onto the Pier.

What to leave at home

or in the car

Grilling or cooking is prohibited. Avoid large coolers (handheld coolers are OK, but subject to search). No canopies or tents or sun umbrellas. Guests may not bring alcoholic beverages onto the pier (though you may purchase at the beer garden).

Sorry, no pets.  Smoking is not permitted on the pier.

music from traviata

Giorgio Germont's aria

Sung by Plácido Domingo