Dive into the story behind the myth with talks, seminars and other events.


JAN 11 - FEB 10

LA OPERA: EURYDICE FOUND IN THE STACKS AND BEYOND
LA Opera’s Community Educators are ready to bring you into the historical and cultural worlds of opera for talks focused on Eurydice at your local library. We’ve partnered with local Los Angeles libraries to make sure everyone has access to explore the stories and history of famous doomed lovers, Orpheus and Eurydice.
LOCATION: L.A. County Libraries
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission, Click here for schedule

JAN 27 // 11:30 AM
GODDESS FASHION LUNCHEON
Fashion historian Dr. Kimberly Chrisman Campbell helps us locate the real fashion goddesses! She discusses 18th century goddess imagery and the neoclassical influence on 18th century fashion, tracing the rise of neoclassicism in art and fashion from the excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the mid-1700s through the Grand Tour and the French Revolution. Enjoy The Ebell of Los Angeles’ art collection, highlighting women artists before and after the luncheon.
LOCATION: The Ebell of Los Angeles
TICKETS AND INFO: ebellofla.com

JAN 19 // 12-3 PM
OPERA LEAGUE OF LOS ANGELES: THE ENDURING POWER OF MYTH
Romeo and Juliet. Buffy and Angel. Orpheus and Eurydice. Why do we love stories about doomed lovers? The Opera League of Los Angeles presents Michael Hackett, Professor of Directing and Theater History, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Professor Hackett will discuss The Enduring Power of Myth as we explore the legend of Eurydice prior to the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s new opera Eurydice.
LOCATION: The Colburn School
TICKETS AND INFO: operaleague.org

JAN 30 // 7:30 PM
USC VISIONS AND VOICES: THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF EURYDICE (AND ORPHEUS) IN OPERA
Composer/conductor Matthew Aucoin and playwright Sarah Ruhl will be joined by UCLA professor Kenneth Reinhard and singers from LA Opera’s Young Artist Program for an evening of musical performance and conversation. The event will explore the original and ongoing role of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the history of Western opera. Both the musical performances and the discussion will range from earlier Orphic music by Monteverdi and Gluck to recent pieces by Harrison Birtwistle and others, including excerpts from Aucoin’s new opera.
LOCATION: Bovard Auditorium
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission Reservations required
RSVP Here: visionsandvoices.usc.edu

FEB 1 – FEB 23
FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN AND MERCHANDISING (FIDM): INSPIRED BY EURYDICE
In celebration of LA Opera’s presentation of Eurydice, a selection of historical garments from the FIDM Museum Collection will be on exhibition at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Mirroring the ancient Greek origins of Eurydice, these classically inspired fashions range from 1910-1960 and can be seen through the duration of the opera’s run.
LOCATION: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
TICKETS AND INFO: Exhibit open to all opera ticket-holders on the day of the performance.

FEB 4 – MARCH 21 // 10 AM - 5 PM
28TH ANNUAL “ART OF MOTION PICTURE COSTUME DESIGN” EXHIBITION AT THE FIDM MUSEUM Featuring Academy Award® Nominees for Costume Design
Inspired by the fashion you saw at the opera? Continue to explore the role costumes play in storytelling at the FIDM Museum’s 28th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition, celebrating the creativity of costume designers for film. Representing the past year in cinema, visitors will see over 100 outstanding costume designs from more than 25 films released in 2019, including Academy Award nominees for Costume Design. This major exhibition is the only one of its kind in the world that pays homage each year to the creativity of the costume designer for film with a museum show of outstanding costumes and Oscar® nominated designs.
LOCATION: FIDM Museum
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission fidmmuseum.org

FEB 4 // 7:30 PM
UCLA: REIMAGINING MYTHS FOR OUR WORLD
Director Peter Sellars and Eurydice composer Matthew Aucoin join forces for a conversation about the ongoing relevance of myths in our world. What do these ancient stories reveal about our psyches, why do artists in many fields continue to find themselves drawn to mythological source material, and what must they do to reimagine this material for our time?
LOCATION: The Hammer Museum
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission Available 1 hour before program
One ticket per person; first come, first served hammer.ucla.edu

FEB 6 // 7 PM
USC'S BRAIN AND CREATIVITY INSTITUTE: THE POWER OF STORIES ACROSS CULTURES—INSIGHTS FROM NEUROSCIENCE
Stories play an essential role in human culture and development. In this event, the neuroscientists of the Brain and Creativity Institute will discuss how a multitude of brain processes including memory, imagination, emotion, abstract inference, and social knowledge are involved when we hear or read stories. The evening will include a panel discussion among scientists, philosophers and storytellers. Musicians from LA Opera will perform musical pieces from different cultural narratives throughout the evening to highlight how listening to stories allow us to travel across time and cultures.
LOCATION: BCI, Dana & David Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center (DNI)
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission Reservations encouraged.
To RSVP please use code: stories
RSVP HERE

FEB 8 – FEB 23
LA OPERA: EURYDICE POST-PERFORMANCE EVENTS
The opera house becomes the festival hub with special events following performances of Eurydice. All events are located at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall immediately following the performance.

FEB 8 // 7:30 PM: The Hildegards, a network of women working in classical music in LA, host a post-performance conversation about women’s representation and growing leadership in opera.
FEB 14 // 7:30 PM: Opera in the Future Tense: Join us for a conversation with some of opera’s most innovative and creative visionaries as they delve into how opera is rapidly evolving, particularly within new mediascape possibilities. 
FEB 16 // 2 PM: Dr. Ed Krupp of the Griffith Observatory and composer Juhi Bansal will discuss Orpheus and the astrophysical importance of the stars. Following their conversation, the combined choral forces of Pasadena City College Opera and Cal Tech will perform an excerpt of Bansal’s work We Look to the Stars
FEB 20 // 7:30 PM Neuroscientists of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute will discuss how a multitude of brain processes including memory, imagination, emotion, abstract inference and social knowledge are shaped by the myths and stories we share.
FEB 23 // 2 PM The Mindful Warrior Project will convene a panel during which veterans discuss Eurydice through the lens of their unique lived experiences. As part of the panel, excerpts of original music, set to text written by veterans in workshops on the themes of Orpheus and Eurydice, will be performed. That same day, The California Art Club will host a “Paint Out” inside Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 

TICKETS AND INFO: Open to all opera ticket-holders on the day of the performance. Get Tickets.

FEB 9 // 12 PM
THE COLBURN SCHOOL AND THE HILDEGARDS: WOMEN IN CLASSICAL MUSIC SYMPOSIUM
Join us for a day dedicated to the hard-working women in the classical music community of Los Angeles. Network and engage with your peers at a symposium presented by The Colburn School and The Hildegards: a group for women in classical music.
LOCATION: The Colburn School
TICKETS AND INFO: $20 per person, space is limited.  RSVP here.

FEB 14 // 1 PM 
NEW MEDIA AND OPERA FUTURE TENSE
In a contemporary mediascape, where the older forms of print journalism and other commentary are increasingly displaced by “new media” such as Twitter, podcasts and other social networking, how does opera survive and thrive? Is adaptation to these new media necessary? When an immersive sonic-walk, or a hologram of Maria Callas delivers a stellar performance, is it still opera? Join LA Opera for an academic paper presentation and panel conversation to explore these and other questions about the future of opera. 
LOCATION: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission, but reservations are required as space is limited. 
RSVP HERE

FEB 18, 19 // 7 PM
UNAM: EURYDICE SEMINARS IN SPANISH
Explore Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice with renowned music critic Gerardo Kleinberg. Conducted entirely in Spanish, this two-day workshop will dive into the experience of creating a world premiere opera: how an opera is composed, commissioned and staged. Learn about the work of LA Opera Artist in Residence, Matthew Aucoin and how the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice inspired the creation of his latest opera. Join your classmates for a night at the opera on February 20 and see all that you’ve learned come to life onstage.
LOCATION: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
TICKETS AND INFO: unamla.org / RSVP Here


PAST EVENTS:

JAN 11 // 2 PM
RETURNING SOLDIERS SPEAK: VETERANS PERFORM THEIR POETIC MYTH
United States Military Veterans will read their poetic myths with music accompaniment composed by Brooke deRosa. Following the reading and performance, Leilani Squire will moderate a discussion with the veterans and audience, and handmade chapbooks, created and designed by the veterans, will be distributed to audience members. The community will be invited to write poems and impressions to the veteran performers. A typewriter and paper will be available to do so. Presented by Returning Soldiers Speak, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit.
LOCATION: North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Regional Library (5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601)
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission