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Press Release: LA Opera announces October 13 live simulcasts of "Macbeth"

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LA Opera announces October 13
live simulcasts of Verdi's Macbeth
starring Plácido Domingo

Angelenos will enjoy opera under the stars, free of charge,
in outdoor venues in South Gate and Santa Monica.

(Los Angeles) August 26, 2016 — General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that the company’s third season of annual live simulcasts will expand to two locations this year. On October 13, 2016, LA Opera's new production of Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth, starring Mr. Domingo in the title role and conducted by Music Director James Conlon, will be sent live in high-definition video from nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to large LED screens on the Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401) and at South Gate Park (4900 Southern Avenue,  South Gate, 90280).

Through the support of Los Angeles County and Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl, LA Opera is able to present both simulcasts free of charge as a special gift to the community. No tickets are required for entrance; seating at both venues is general admission. Audience members are advised to arrive early for pre-performance picnicking, to get the best viewing areas, and to bring their own seating.

Back by popular demand, the Opera at the Beach broadcast of Macbeth will be the third live simulcast transmitted to the Santa Monica Pier, following the triumphant inaugural broadcast of La Traviata in 2014 and last season's double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci in 2015. "Opera at the Beach is a fantastic combination of the beauty of opera and the natural splendor of our California coastline at dusk," said Supervisor Kuehl, who represents the Third District, which includes the city of Santa Monica. "With the opening of the Metro Extension to Santa Monica, I am thrilled that even more Angelenos will be able to enjoy these performances."

Macbeth will be the first Opera in the Park performance simulcast to South Gate Park. "This is a wonderful occasion for Eastsiders to experience the thrill of a world-class opera performance right in their own community," said Supervisor Solis, who represents the First District, where South Gate is located. "This is the first time that opera will be featured in South Gate Park's programming, and I know that local audiences will flock to this exciting opportunity."

Opera at the Park—South Gate Park
For detailed information about the South Gate simulcast, please visit LAOpera.org/SouthGate. South Gate Park is located at 4900 Southern Avenue, South Gate, 90280. The simulcast will take place on the park's Large Quad (Baseball Diamonds 1-4). Free parking is available in parking lots surrounding South Gate Park.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early for picnicking. Food trucks will also be available on site. Local community groups will present free entertainment, both before and after the simulcast. 

Click here for a map of South Gate Park and click here for additional information about the venue.

Opera at the Beach—Santa Monica Pier
For detailed information about the Santa Monica Pier simulcast, please visit LAOpera.org/OperaAtTheBeach

Amenities at the Santa Monica Pier include The Wine Terrace, presented by Los Angeles magazine. For one low price, visitors to The Wine Terrace can sample wines from a number of vineyards. The Wine Terrace will be open from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $30 each (with a $1 handling fee) if purchased in advance at the above link, and $40 at the door; customers must be 21 years of age with valid ID to enter.

The Santa Monica Pier is located at the western terminus of Colorado Avenue. For more information about the venue and for directions, please visit SantaMonicaPier.org. Discounted parking spots can be reserved in advance at ParkMe.com/pier.

About the Opera
A thrilling musical adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, Macbeth stars Spanish opera superstar Plácido Domingo as a Scottish general who commits a series of murders in order to attain the throne. Russian mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk portrays Lady Macbeth, whose participation in her husband's crimes drives her to madness. Italian bass Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is Banquo, an early ally who becomes an unwitting target during Macbeth's pursuit of power. 

LA Opera's new production of Macbeth is staged by Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award in 2014 for his direction of the hit Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder.

Since the opera will be sung in Italian, the simulcasts will feature subtitles in both English and Spanish.

Learn More
Please visit LAOpera.org/Macbeth for more information about the production, including complete casting, synopsis, artist biographies, and ticketing information.

To download production photographs (available in mid-September) and artist headshots, please click here.

LA Opera’s Opera at the Beach is made possible through generous support of Los Angeles County and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

LA Opera’s Opera in the Park is made possible through generous support of Los Angeles County and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis.

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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