(Los Angeles) July 31, 2020 — During its hiatus from public performances, LA Opera has created an extensive array of online programming under the banner LAO At Home. Here's what's on tap for the week to come.
Tuesday, August 4, at 2pm PDT — Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)The incomparable Renée Fleming brings her online series Music and the Mind to LA Opera. She'll be speaking live with President and CEO Christopher Koelsch about what an opera company and a hospital have in common. They'll be joined by Stacy Brightman (Vice President of LA Opera Connects), J. Todd Frazier (System Director of Houston Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts Medicine) and Gail Soffer (Founder and Executive Director of the Mindful Warrior Project), and sharing an original composition by Brooke De Rosa set to poetry written by veterans.
Friday, August 7, at 4pm PDT — Living Room Recital
Composer/conductor Matthew Aucoin, the company's former Artist in Residence, assembles an all-star list of talent — soprano Erica Petrocelli, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenors Paul Appleby and Barry Banks, baritones Davóne Tines and Rod Gilfry, and cellist Coleman Itzkoff—for a curated recital featuring his own compositions (including arias from Eurydice and Crossing), along with a dash of Gluck and Messiaen.
To access all of these programs and to learn more about current and future programming, please visit LAOpera.org/AtHome.
About LAO At Home
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. LAO At Home launched on March 17 with the first in a series of live "Living Room Recitals" featuring artists performing in their homes. Other programming highlights include "Opera Family Time" presentations created specially for families with children to enjoy together (just one of many family and school programs offered), "Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)" opportunities for opera lovers of any experience level to dive deeper into the art form, "From the Vault" audio-streams of earlier performances, and "Backstage at LAO" features that take viewers behind the scenes for a look at what it takes to create world-class opera.
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. The communal and curative power of opera is needed now more than ever before, especially given the extraordinary challenges of the time. As LA Opera awaits its cue to return to the stage, the company is grateful to its supporters for helping to ensure that it has the resources needed to get through this unprecedented period. Those wanting to support LA Opera can go to LAOpera.org/donate.
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