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LA Opera Off Grand

Off Grand

As an organization, we believe in the power of opera and other art to enhance and enrich people’s lives. The collective enjoyment of live opera builds community and adds to our emotional and intellectual well-being. This is true regardless of one’s age or background.

In 2012, LA Opera announced a new initiative to help us support the company’s mission to embody the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles through the art of opera: the Off Grand initiative.

Complementing our existing mainstage opera and educational programming, LA Opera Off Grand encompasses a wide variety of artistic exploration. Our objectives are to serve a broader geographical area, increase the diversity of our audience and expand the range of experiences available to existing audiences.

We invite you to join us in our ongoing exploration of operatic expression.

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The Hubble Cantata (October 11, 2017 at the Ford Theatres)                        The Ford Theatres, in association with LA Opera, present the West Coast premiere of The Hubble Cantata, an unprecedented live experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science. An astrophysicist searches for his wife in the stars. As the cosmos unfolds before him, the birth, life and death of a star echo the couples' loss of their child. With stunning images from the Hubble Space telescope, the space-inspired cantata culminates in a five-minute virtual reality film that launches the audience into an immersive voyage through the universe. 

La Belle et la Bête (October 28-31, 2017, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel)
The music of Philip Glass returns for another Halloween bash at the Ace! Jean Cocteau's stunningly beautiful cinematic mastepiece is recast with an enchanting new soundtrack, performed live by vocal soloists and the Philip Glass Ensemble.

Persona (November 9-12, 2017, at REDCAT)
In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becaomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak. Based on the classic Ingmar Bergman film, Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity.

Crossing (May 25-26, 2018, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts)
Inspired by poet Walt Whitman's experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, this haunting, compassionate work by Matthew Aucoin, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, explores the connections that come between us and pull us apart. Baritone Rod Gilfry stars as Walt Whitman in a concert performance conducted by the composer.

Usher House / The Canterville Ghost (June 22-24, 2018, at The Broad Stage)
The Broad Stage transforms into two different haunted houses in a double bill of operas by Gordon Getty. Edgar Allen Poe takes the stage himself as the main character in Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away in a crumbling manor house full of secrets. The Canterville Ghost puts a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde's witty tale, in which the 300-year-old ghost of an English nobleman fails to impress his newest audience, a family of Americans who simply refuse to be frightened.

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