LA Opera's online events for the week of November 9
(Los Angeles) November 5, 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 770,000 views to date.
A major highlight of the week to come is the company's first operatic production since the coronavirus shutdown in the spring: 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.
Tuesday, November 10, at 4pm PT — Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)Join host Jeremy Frank (LAO's associate chorus master) at the piano, pour yourself something tasty to drink (may we suggest a Bellini?), and enjoy this week's episode of Opera Happy Hour, exploring ever-evolving perceptions of vocal beauty in "Bel Canto and the Original Golden Age."
Thursday, November 12, at 4pm PT— Living Room Recital
In advance of Saturday's premiere of The Anonymous Lover, tenor Anthony Ciaramitaro (a member of the company's young artist program) teams with pianist Ben Malensek to perform songs by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.
Saturday, November 14, at 5pm PT— The Anonymous Lover
LA 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 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. The online stream will be available for viewing through November 29.
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'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.