(Los Angeles) October 15, 2020 — In case you missed the news, after becoming the first major American opera company to respond to stay-at-home orders by launching an acclaimed series of LA Opera At Home online offerings, the company is now making streaming a permanent part of its programming. Under the On Now banner, the company will shine the spotlight on new and innovative interpretations of opera that viewers in Los Angeles and beyond can enjoy on screens, even when stay-at-home recommendations are lifted. To date, the company reports more than 750,000 views of its online programming since its launch on March 17, 2020, demonstrating a clear demand for such content.
The newly renamed LA Opera On Now platform will soon expand to include a series of exciting new Digital Shorts commissions as well as a November 14 stream of The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, the first known Black classical composer.
Additionally, later this month begins a new LA Opera Connects series, a deep dive into the intersections of music, history, literature and science. The series launches on October 22 with an exploration of Wagner's Tannhäuser, and continues on November 7 to focus on Joseph Bologne and The Anonymous Lover.
Here's what's on tap for the week to come.
Tuesday, October 20, at 2pm PDT — Opera Family Time
Gather the kids for a fun-filled musical adventure with soprano Jamie Chamberlin and tenor Nathan Granner (and Esther the opera dog!). On this episode of Sing Out Loud, they're joined by guest mezzo-soprano Nandani Sinha to celebrate the furry (and feathered) friends that we all love.
Thursday, October 22, at 10am PDT — Coffee with Conlon
Music Director James Conlon hosts an informal morning chat about all things opera, taking on audience questions. Readers are invited to submit questions by clicking here.
Friday, October 23, at 4pm PDT — Living Room Recitals
Baritone Michael J. Hawk, a member of the company's young artist program, partners with pianists Nino Sanikidze, Brendon Shapiro and Louis Lohraseb for a recital of music inspired by the Bard, "Shakespeare in France and on Broadway."
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 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 Connects
LA Opera's robust variety of educational programming and community engagement offerings are as integral to the company's artistic identity as mainstage productions and Off Grand performances. LA Opera Connects currently offers 29 different programs experienced by more than 135,000 people each season. These broad-based engagement programs reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Los Angeles, reaching people throughout every corner of Los Angeles County.
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's young artist program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Richard and Lenore Wayne.