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Press Release: LA Opera's Season-Opening Performance to be Broadcast Live on Classical KUSC

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LA Opera's Season-Opening Performance
to be Broadcast Live on Classical KUSC


(Los Angeles) September 8, 2015 — LA Opera has partnered with Classical KUSC for the ninth consecutive year to bring the excitement of live performances to KUSC listeners. The opening night of LA Opera's 30th Anniversary Season, a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci beginning at 6pm on September 12, will be broadcast locally on 91.5fm. The live broadcast will also be streamed online for audiences around the world at KUSC.org.

The broadcast will be hosted by two of KUSC’s most popular on-air personalities, Duff Murphy and Alan Chapman. KUSC has broadcast LA Opera's season-opening performance every year since 2007.

Plácido Domingo will make his role debut in the title role of Gianni Schicchi, which returns in Woody Allen's riotous staging of Giacomo Puccini's comic masterpiece. Grant Gershon conducts a cast that also includes tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Rinuccio and Andriana Chuchman as Lauretta. After the intermission, Mr. Domingo will move to the orchestra pit to conduct Ruggero Leoncavallo's dramatic Pagliacci. The grandly scaled production, created by director-designer Franco Zeffirelli, features a cast led by soprano Ana María Martínez, tenor Marco Berti and baritone George Gagnidze.

For more information about Gianni Schicchi  and Pagliacci, including complete casting and ticketing information, please click here.

For the full press release on the production, please click here.

For production photos and artist headshots, please click here.

For tickets and to learn more about the LA Opera season, please visit LAOpera.org

About LA Opera
On the eve of its 30th Anniversary Season, LA Opera has become one of America’s most exciting and ambitious opera companies. Presenting benchmark productions of standard repertoire as well as new and rarely-staged operas, LA Opera brings together world-renowned singers, designers, directors and conductors for performances that attract the attention of international audiences and critics. 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 more information, please visit LAOpera.org.

About Classical KUSC
Classical KUSC is the most-listened-to classical station in the country. The non-profit, listener-supported station and its friendly, knowledgeable hosts have been bringing Southern California great classical music, features about the arts, and live concert broadcasts for over 60 years. The station is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California and can be heard at 91.5fm in Los Angeles, 88.5fm in Palm Springs, 91.1fm in Thousand Oaks, 93.7fm in Santa Barbara, 99.7fm in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo and anywhere in the world using the free online stream at KUSC.org or using KUSC’s free smartphone apps.

LA Opera's productions of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci are made possible by generous gifts fromA
The Milan Panic Family
Joyce and Aubrey Chernick
Barbara Augusta Teichert
Eva and Marc Stern.

Special support from Nancy and Barry Sanders.
Generous corporate support from Rolex.

 LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.

Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera.

LA Opera Media Contact:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554


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