30th Anniversary Season
Opera at the Beach Returns with Free Live Simulcast
of LA Opera's Gianni Schicchi / Pagliacci
on the Big Screen at Santa Monica Pier
(Los Angeles) August 18, 2015 — Plácido Domingo, the Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of LA Opera, has announced that the company’s Opera at the Beach series will return to the Santa Monica Pier for a second season. Made possible through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the free live video broadcast is back by popular demand following last year’s triumphant live simulcast of La Traviata.
The opening production of LA Opera's 2015/16 season, a double bill of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi and Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, featuring the talents of Mr. Domingo as both singer and conductor, will be broadcast live in high-definition video from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at Santa Monica Pier on Saturday, October 3, at 7pm. The live broadcast will be captured by nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and shown simultaneously on a large LED screen on the Santa Monica Pier deck.
“I am thrilled to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Season by singing in Gianni Schicchi and conducting Pagliacci,” said Mr. Domingo. “It is such a joy to share both my passions with the thousands of patrons experiencing Opera at the Beach. What an exciting way to fall in love with opera!”
“I’m truly happy to welcome LA Opera back to the big screen on the beach at the Santa Monica Pier, continuing the incredible success of last year's live inaugural broadcast of La Traviata,” said Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. “It’s a fantastic combination of the beauty of opera and the natural splendor of our California coastline at dusk.”
Free Simulcast Tickets Now Available Online
Through Supervisor Kuehl’s support, LA Opera is able to present Opera at the Beach 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 are now available and advance tickets (to be printed out at home) can be reserved at LAOpera.org/OperaAtTheBeach. There is a handling fee of $1 per ticket and a limit of eight 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) with no added handling fee. Advance tickets are recommended as seating is limited, but any leftover tickets will be available at the door with no added handling fee.
Seating at the event is general admission. Audience members are advised to arrive early to get the best viewing areas, and to bring their own seating. The pier will be open for the live broadcast beginning at 5pm for pre-performance picnicking.
In addition to the live broadcast, on site amenities include The Wine Terrace presented by Los Angeles magazine. For one low price, visitors to The Wine Terrace can sample wines from Beekeeper Cellars, Harmony Cellars, Graef Wine, Cordon, Cebada Vineyard, Mueller Winery, San Vincente Cellars, Nabu Wines, Zaca Mesa Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Justin Winery & Vineyards, Alta Colina Winery & Vineyards and many more. The Wine Terrace will be open from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are $20 each (with a $1 handling fee) if purchased in advance and $30 at the door; customers must be 21 years of age with valid ID to enter.
Santa Monica Pier
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.
LA Opera Off Grand
Opera at the Beach is presented under of LA Opera’s Off Grand banner—dedicated to performances taking place outside the company's traditional home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, to reaching new and diverse audiences, and to the presentation of unique repertoire.
Please click here for the full press release on the double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.
To download production photographs and artist headshots, please click here.
Please visit our website for more information about Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci, including complete casting and ticketing information.
Opera at the Beach is made possible through the generous support
of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Original program created with support from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Additional support provided by Los Angeles Magazine.
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.
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
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