(Los Angeles) July 17, 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.
- Monday, July 20 at 4pm PDT — Living Room Recital
One of the major artists of our time, tenor Russell Thomas has thrilled LA audiences as Cavaradossi in Tosca, Pollione in Norma and Titus in The Clemency of Titus. He now collaborates with pianist Kyung-mi Kim for a program of art songs by Vaughan Williams, Schubert, Verdi and Mascagni, as well as the iconic Billie Holiday hit, Strange Fruit.
Tuesday, July 21, at 5pm PDT — Learn at Home (Grown Up Edition)
Join Jeremy Frank at the piano for an Opera Happy Hour that looks ahead to Saturday's Ring marathon. This week, he explores how composer Richard Wagner incorporated "leitmotifs" — melodic themes that represent characters, things, ideas or emotions— throughout the Ring cycle.
Thursday, July 23, at 10am PDT — Backstage at LAO
The company's beloved Music Director, James Conlon, hosts an informal chat, Coffee with Conlon, taking on questions submitted online with a special focus on Wagner's Ring cycle.
Saturday, July 25, at 8am PDT — From the Vault
A marathon all-day audio stream of Wagner's epic Der Ring des Nibelungen commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the company's first Ring cycle. Conducted by Music Director James Conlon, the Ring cycle will be featured in a back-to-back audio stream of all four operas: Das Rheingold at 8am; Die Walküre at 11am; Siegfried at 3pm; and Götterdämmerung at 7pm.
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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