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Press Release: LA Opera presents "Noah's Flood"

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LA Opera Presents Two Free
Performances of Britten's Noah's Flood
conducted by James Conlon

Performed by cast of more than 300 at the
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on March 6 and 7

(Los Angeles) January 10, 2015 — LA Opera professional artists will once again collaborate with nearly 500 amateur members of the Los Angeles musical community to present two performances of Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood this spring at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Conducted by LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, the performances will take place at 7:30pm on Friday, March 6, and at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 7.

Thanks to generous longtime support from the Dan Murphy Foundation, LA Opera's Education and Community Engagement Department is able to produce Noah's Flood and offer it free of charge as a special gift to the greater Los Angeles community. LA Opera has presented annual community productions at the Cathedral led by Mr. Conlon since 2007; this year's presentation of Noah's Flood will be the fifth time that Britten's opera has been produced in that venue.

Scenes from "Noah's Flood"
Scenes from LA Opera's 2013 production of Noah's Flood

About the Opera
Noah's Flood is a colorful pageant where children play all the animal roles, parading two-by-two into the ark. Regarded as Britten’s most lovable work, the opera is based on one of the famous medieval Chester mystery plays, dating back to the 15th century. Scored for a combination of both student orchestra musicians and a professional chamber ensemble, the opera features inspired and delightful musical innovations; for example, the raindrops are represented by the sound of a series of mugs of varying sizes slung on string and struck by wooden spoons.

 Jonathan Michie, Milena Kitic and James Conlon
Jonathan Michie (Noah), Milena Kitic (Mrs. Noah), James Conlon (conductor) 

About the Artists
Two leading soloists with LA Opera—baritone Jonathan Michie and mezzo-soprano Milena Kitic—will perform the roles of Noah and Mrs. Noah. Actor Jamieson K. Price will be heard as the Voice of God. The orchestra will include musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra performing alongside the Classical European Music Academy Los Angeles, East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet Orchestra, Hamilton High School Academy of Music Orchestra, Colburn String Orchestra and the Celebration Ringers of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena. The performers will include singers from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Choir, the East Los Angeles Performing Arts Magnet, the Music Center Usher Choir, the Holy Family Filipino Chorale and Children’s Concert Chorus, Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley Choir, the Sacred Heart School Choir and Schola Cantorum, CASA 101, Hollenbeck Palms and participants in LA Opera's Zarzuela Project.

The stage director will be Eli Villanueva. The creative team also includes scenic designer Carolina Angulo, projection designer Alisa Lapidus, costume designer Paula Higgins, lighting designer Tantris Hernandez and sound designer Jon Gottlieb.

About Off Grand
Noah's Flood is part of LA Opera's Off Grand initiative, dedicated to presenting a wide variety of artistic exploration throughout a broad geographical area. To learn more, please visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.

Ticket and Venue Information
The Cathedral is located at 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Advance tickets are required for admission; there will be a $1 per ticket handling fee and a four-ticket limit per household. Tickets will be available at 10am on Wednesday, February 11, and can be reserved online at LAOpera.org.

Production made possible by a generous grant from the Dan Murphy Foundation.

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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February 19, 2015 — LA Opera General Director Plácido Domingo announced that six new board members have been elected to the company's Board of Directors since the opening of the 2014/15 season.

"I am delighted to be collaborating with these newest members of the LA Opera family," said Mr. Domingo. "LA Opera’s incredible artistic achievements simply would not be possible without the essential and much appreciated leadership of our board members. I am deeply grateful to them for their support for LA Opera and our artistic vision.”

"It is an honor for LA Opera to welcome such an esteemed group of leaders, from our city and from across North America, to our board this season," said Marc Stern, Chairman of LA Opera's Board of Directors. "They are a great testament to the ever-expanding reach and influence of our company and I look forward to working with each one of them."

About the New Board Members

Beatrice Bennett is a longtime supporter of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Five Acres, Boys and Girls Club, and many schools, including the Colburn School. She was the President of Art Center 100 and has been a docent at the Huntington Library. She is a member of Orphanage Guild, The Blue Ribbon and the Library Foundation.

Dr. Carol E. Cass is Professor Emerita of Oncology and Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Alberta. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and the recipient of numerous research awards. Dr. Cass served as Chair of the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta from 1996 to 2007 and Director of the Cross Cancer Institute, the tertiary cancer center for Edmonton and northern Alberta, from 2003 to 2010.

Linda Pascotto is the President of the Board of Directors of The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF), an L.A.-based nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping people around the world discover the words of Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, and to improving the quality of life for those most in need. She is Trustee Emeritus of Viewpoint School in Calabasas. She supports directly and through her private foundation many charitable organizations that promote specific cultural, social and educational work.

Susan Shapiro is a retired partner of the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray, where her practice areas were in estate planning and settlement.  She is currently active as a principal of PMR Venture LP, a trust management firm.  She serves on the Board of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Nantucket Land Council, Inc., and the Nantucket Yacht Club. She previously served as Trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music, is a former board member of The Linda Loring Nature Foundation, Inc., and was a past officer of the Harbor Point Community Task Force, Inc.

Geoffrey P. Wharton is the former COO of the Los Angeles Dodgers and former President of the John McCourt Company, the real estate and construction arm of the McCourt Group. He previously was with Apollo Real Estate Group, where he oversaw the master planning and entitlements for Sunset La Cienega in West Hollywood and the Columbia Square project in Hollywood.  Prior to Apollo, he led Silverstein Properties’ role in developing a master plan for the World Trade Center.  He was also President of Douglas Elliman, one of New York City's largest residential real estate brokerage firms.

Zev Yaroslavsky has helped to initiate a number of innovative programs that allow the community to experience LA Opera performances, including the radio broadcast series LA Opera on Air, the live video broadcast series Opera at the Beach, and performances in community venues, such as Great Opera Choruses. He recently retired from his position as Los Angeles County Board Supervisor, representing the Third District. He has been an ardent supporter of the arts and culture across the County, leading initiatives to expand many of the major music organizations, museums and cultural institutions during his tenure at the County, as well as his past position  as a Los Angeles City Councilman.