LA Opera On Now programming for the coming week
(Los Angeles) November 12, 2020 — While LA Opera awaits its cue to return to live performances onstage, the company has turned to creating an array of online content through the LA Opera On Now initiative. Since the launch of the initiative in March, these popular online offerings have accumulated more than 777,000 views to date.
The highlight of the week is the company's first operatic production since the coronavirus shutdown: an online stream of The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a Black composer who was a Paris-based contemporary of Mozart and Haydn.
Saturday, November 14, at 5pm PT— The Anonymous LoverLA Opera proudly presents the online company premiere of a rediscovered operatic treasure: a 1780 comic romance by pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Conducted by Music Director James Conlon and directed by Bruce A. Lemon, Jr., in a socially distanced stage setting that blends both modern film and traditional opera staging, the performance features singers from the company's young artist program, led by tenor Robert Stahley and soprano Tiffany Townsend. After the initial livestream, the performance will remain available for viewing through November 29.
Tuesday, November 17, at 2pm PT — Opera Family TimeGather the kids for a fun-filled musical adventure with soprano Jamie Chamberlin and tenor Nathan Granner (and Esther the opera dog!). This week's episode of Sing Out Loud will get everyone ready for Thanksgiving with an uplifting seasonal message about gratitude.
Thursday, November 19, at 4pm PT— Living Room Recital
Tenor Joshua Guerrero, bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee and pianist Christopher Allen (three distinguished alumni of the company's young artist program) team up for a program of arias and scenes from Carmen, La Boheme and Das Rheingold. Presented in partnership with the Colburn School.
To access all of these programs and to learn more about current and future programming, please visit LAOpera.org/OnNow.
About LA Opera On Now
LA Opera was the first major American opera company to create a weekly schedule of original new online programming to bring opera to audiences during the coronavirus crisis. LA Opera On Now (formerly known as At Home) programming highlights include: "Living Room Recitals" featuring artists performing in their homes; "Opera Family Time" presentations created specially for families with children to enjoy together; "Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)" opportunities for opera lovers of any experience level to dive deeper into the art form; "From the Vault" streams of earlier performances; and "Backstage at LAO" features that take viewers behind the scenes of a world-class opera company.
About LA Opera
Los Angeles is a city of enormous diversity and creativity, and LA Opera is dedicated to reflecting that vibrancy by redefining what opera can be with thrilling performances, thought-provoking productions and innovative programming. The communal and curative power of opera is needed now more than ever before, especially given the extraordinary challenges of the time. The company is grateful to its supporters for helping to ensure that it has the resources needed to get through this unprecedented period through the LA Opera Relief Fund. Those wanting to support LA Opera can go to LAOpera.org/donate.
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LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.
LA Opera's production of The Anonymous Lover is made possible with generous support from the Colburn Foundation.
LA Opera's young artist program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Richard and Lenore Wayne.
The Anonymous Lover is produced and streamed in partnership with the Colburn School, which will concurrently and collaboratively engage in a performance-based exploration of the works and legacy of Joseph Bologne.