LA Opera's Pre-Performance Talks
To Be Video Live-Streamed via LAOpera.org
James Conlon's La Traviata talk on September 17
launches Opera at the Beach broadcast
(Los Angeles) September 11, 2014 — Opera lovers everywhere will now have the opportunity to watch popular pre-performance talks by James Conlon and other notable speakers online at www.LAOpera.org prior to all productions throughout LA Opera’s 2014/15 season. The launch of this series coincides with the company's first live video broadcast—Verdi's La Traviata on September 17—through the new Opera at the Beach initiative at the Santa Monica Pier, where attendees will be able to watch on their smart phones, iPads or other mobile devices.
“It is a joy to see so many members of LA Opera’s audience regularly attend these talks,” said Mr. Conlon. “It is as important and enjoyable to me to present and discuss the musical, dramatic and historical context of each opera with our public as it is for me to conduct the work itself. I am thrilled that these talks can now reach audiences beyond the Los Angeles area and provide worldwide access to our productions. It is especially meaningful to me that our first presentation is La Traviata, the first opera I saw as a child. It had a tremendous impact on my life. I hope that some of those watching, perhaps seeing an opera for the first time, will react the same way.”
About the Talks
Mr. Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, began his pre-performance talks soon after his 2006 arrival in Los Angeles, and his appearances frequently become standing room only events. Mr. Conlon gives talks before every opera that he conducts; other speakers include some of Southern California’s most engaging and highly regarded scholars. They begin one hour before each performance in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion's Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. LA Opera’s pre-performances talks are a complimentary perk for all ticketholders.
Additional live-streamed talks to be given by Mr. Conlon this season include those preceding the first performances of each of the three operas in the company's 2015 "Figaro Trilogy": The Ghosts of Versailles on February 7, The Barber of Seville on February 28 and The Marriage of Figaro on March 21.
The first talk for each production will be streamed live at www.LAOpera.org, where it will also be archived for subsequent viewing. Talks can alternately be accessed via telephone by calling 626.677.3000 and using the access code 314902#.
Opera at the Beach broadcast of La Traviata
Through the support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, LA Opera is able to present Opera at the Beach: A Zev Yaroslavsky Live Broadcast free of charge as a special gift to the community. Audience members are strongly encouraged to reserve advance tickets to avoid long ticketing lines on the night of the broadcast. Tickets will become available at 10am today. Advance tickets (to be printed out at home) can be reserved at www.LAOpera.org/OperaAtTheBeach with a handling fee of $1 per online order; there is a limit of 8 tickets per order. Free tickets can also be obtained in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012). While advance tickets are highly recommended, any leftover tickets will be available to walk-ups at no charge at the Santa Monica Pier on the evening of the broadcast.
Pre-performance talks are generously sponsored by The Flora L. Thornton Foundation and The Opera League of Los Angeles.
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