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The NEA Helps Bring LAO to Life

Posted on: January 15, 2020

LA Opera has developed a well-deserved reputation for contemporary opera—and it wouldn’t have been possible without the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA was instrumental in building the company in its early years, supporting commissions and developing new productions, creating educational programs, and bringing the opera to new and underserved audiences. And this year is no exception: we’re honored to have the NEA’s support for our world premiere of Eurydice. We’re so grateful that they share our vision for our opera company.

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Eurydice will be groundbreaking: a work of myth told from an entirely new perspective, and the long-awaited first world premiere on the main stage in almost a decade. And that groundbreaking spirit won’t just be on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage. The Eurydice Found Festival will bring the story of this opera to all corners of the county. Middle and high school students will learn and perform Orpheus, a specially-commissioned youth opera about the famous myth. Free and low-cost tickets will be available for community organizations around the city. And five hundred students will get the chance to see this groundbreaking new work.

It’s a grand vision, and it takes our whole opera family. Individual supporters make our innovative main stage productions and vital community engagement possible, too. With over half our annual budget coming from charitable giving, all of our supporters make a difference in our ability to bring grand opera to Los Angeles. We’re so excited for this brand-new work—and we’re so proud of the opera lovers who make it possible.

For more information on LA Opera’s mission and music, you can visit our membership page.