Our first LAO at Home recital premiered nearly five months ago, and since then, we've been giving you a weekly dose of virtual opera you can enjoy from the comfort of your couch.
To celebrate this milestone and your continued support, we wanted to round up the five LAO at Home videos you watched the most. From number five up to number one, these are the virtual opera programs audiences couldn’t get enough of.
5. Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Kicking off our list is Arturo Chacón-Cruz's Living Room Recital. He serenaded us oh-so-sweetly in English and Spanish, so it's wonder the tenor topped the charts. If you're among the few who missed his live performance (or if you loved it so much and want to watch it again), you can still see—and hear—all the musical magic this talented tenor brought to our home screens.
4. Lawrence Brownlee
At number four is Lawrence Brownlee. He has dazzled audiences across the globe as one of the world’s foremost Mozart and bel canto tenors. This time, he teamed up with pianist Myra Huang for a special online performance that blew us (and you) away. But this isn’t his only appearance in our top five list. Keep scrolling to see what other chart-topping program he was featured in.
3. Taylor Raven
Next up is mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven with her husband Ryan Raven. This mezzo-soprano quickly became a standout performer in our young artist program. She last appeared on our main stage as Annio in the 2019 production of The Clemency of Titus, but wowed audiences from our virtual stage just a few months ago.
2. Janai Brugger
We’re not surprised this powerhouse of a performer (another young artist alum) made the number two spot on this list. Janai Brugger and her husband Javier Orman put on such a stellar show, we had to watch it over and over again. Need a refresher on just how incredible she is? Make sure you watch this recital if you haven’t already.
1. Lift Every Voice
The number one most watched LAO at Home program to date is Lift Every Voice. This panel moderated by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges features renowned artists including Julia Bullock, Lawrence Brownlee, Russell Thomas, Karen Slack, and Morris Robinson. These heroically candid artists led a long overdue conversation on injustice and racial disparities in classical music. This powerful and poignant conversation is a must-see for any opera fan.
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