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Press Release: Domingo extends contract through 2019

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 Plácido Domingo Extends Contract
With LA Opera through 2019

(Los Angeles) September 5, 2014 — Board Chairman Marc Stern announced today that LA Opera’s Board of Directors has extended Plácido Domingo’s contract as the company’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director through the end of the 2018/19 season.

Plácido Domingo has been an important and vital presence in LA Opera’s administration since the Company’s formation, having served as Artistic Consultant (since 1984) and Artistic Director (2001-2003) before he was named General Director in 2003. Under his leadership and artistic vision, LA Opera has rapidly grown to become a company of international stature. As a performer, he first appeared in Los Angeles in 1967, starring in a New York City Opera tour of Alberto Ginastera’s Don Rodrigo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, with additional appearances on subsequent tours with New York City Opera as well as with the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) and Deutsche Oper Berlin. He sang the title role in LA Opera’s inaugural production of Otello in 1986 and he has appeared regularly with the company since then; his appearance later this month as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata will be his 26th different role with LA Opera, and he has also conducted 15 different operas to date with the company. His keen interest in helping young singers led to the 2006 formation of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

“Plácido Domingo has transformed Los Angeles into a world-class operatic capital,” said Mr. Stern. “I am continually astounded by his inspired artistic vision, his boundless energy, and his passionate advocacy for music, the arts and education. I am equally honored and excited for LA Opera to continue collaborating with him in the seasons to come.”

“I love Los Angeles and I am proud to continue leading LA Opera well into the future,” said Mr. Domingo. “It is enormously gratifying to have been part of this company from its earliest years, but I am even more excited about what we can achieve as we continue to build an opera company for the 21st century.”

The Board of Directors also approved a contract extension for Christopher Koelsch, President and Chief Executive Officer, through June 2018, and announced a new contract for John Nuckols, who has been with LA Opera since 2002, to serve in the new position of Executive Vice President through June 2018.

As previously announced, James Conlon, LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, has a contract with LA Opera through June 2018, and Resident Conductor Grant Gershon recently extended his contract through June 2017. The executive staff also includes Faith Raiguel, who has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2008, and Diane Rhodes Bergman, who has been Vice President of Marketing and Communications since 2011. Both have continued employment commitments with LA Opera.

Today’s announcement is part of the continuing evolution of one of America’s most ambitious opera companies. About to begin its 29th season, LA Opera presents benchmark productions of standard repertoire as well as new and rarely-staged operas, bringing together world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors for performances that attract the attention of international audiences and critics. Highlights of recent seasons include the Los Angeles premiere of André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire starring Renée Fleming, the Los Angeles premiere of Einstein on the Beach by Robert Wilson and Philip Glass, the world premiere of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino, the Company’s first complete Ring cycles, and the first major U.S. production in four decades of Verdi’s The Two Foscari. In addition to its mainstage performances, LA Opera presents a robust variety of educational programming and innovative community engagement offerings, experienced by more than 120,000 people each season.

For photographs of Mr. Domingo, please click here.

LA Opera Media Contacts:
Gary Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations
gmurphy@laopera.org | 213.972.7554

Shannita Williams, Associate Director of Communications, Social Media
shannita@laopera.org | 213.972.7347


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