(Los Angeles) June 12, 2020 — During its unplanned hiatus from public performances, LA Opera has created an extensive array of online programming under the banner LAO At Home.
This week, Rossini's The Barber of Seville launches a special audio streaming of the "Figaro Trilogy," three operas inspired by the Figaro plays by Beaumarchais, all recorded in performance at LA Opera in 2015. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles will follow in subsequent weeks.
Here's what else is on tap for the week to come.
Monday, June 15, at 4pm PDT — Living Room Recital
Tenor Robert Stahley, a member of the young artist program, joins pianist Jeremy Frank for an excerpt from Die Walküre and then partners with pianist (and fellow young artist) Brendon Shapiro for Donald Swann's song cycle The Road Goes Ever On, which sets the poetry of J.R.R. Tolkien to music.
Tuesday, June 16, at 2pm PDT — Opera Family Time
The whole family can sing along with soprano Jamie Chamberlin and tenor Nathan Granner (and don't forget Esther the opera dog!) in this special "greatest hits" episode of Sing Out Loud.
Wednesday, June 17, at 12pm PDT — Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)
Bass-baritone (and self-described opera obsessive) Nicholas Brownlee hosts Il TRIVIAtore, a lively quiz game for opera fans of all stripes, from eager newcomers to seasoned aficionados.
Thursday, June 18, at 5pm PDT — From the Vault
LA Opera's 2015 "Figaro Trilogy" goes online, beginning with this illustrated audio stream of Rossini's sparkling bel canto comedy, The Barber of Seville. Music Director James Conlon conducts a stellar cast, led by baritone Rodion Pogossov as Figaro, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Rosina, and tenor René Barbera as Count Almaviva.
[Updated on 6/19/20 with date]: Saturday, June 20, at 4pm PDT — Living Room Recital
In 2021, soprano Sydney Mancasola will make her LA Opera debut as the star of Breaking the Waves. But first, she joins pianist Mario Antonio Marra for a program of arias from Manon and Robert le Diable and songs by Reynaldo Hahn, Missy Mazzoli and Stephen Sondheim.
To access all of these programs, and to learn more about current and future programming, please visit LAOpera.org/LAOatHome.
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 "Learn at Home (Grown-Up Edition)" opportunities for opera lovers of any experience level to dive deeper into the art form, "Opera Family Time" presentations created specially for families with children to enjoy together (just one of many family and school programs offered), "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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LA Opera's young artist program is generously underwritten by the Colburn Foundation, Eugene and Marilyn Stein, and Lenore and Richard Wayne. The program was created with funding from the Flora L. Thornton Foundation.