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  • 01/20/2015

    Tea and Contemplation

    It’s 6:30am on our company day off, tea is brewed and here I sit, cup in hand, reviewing my week. Many words come to mind: chaos, naps, communication, education, friends, comedy, concentration and, most of all, collaboration. In a world which can be so divisive, I think about actions which join... View More

  • 01/15/2015

    Michael Gallup — In Memoriam

    LA Opera mourns the loss of one of a beloved family member, Michael Gallup, who had the distinction of being the first solo artist heard at LA Opera. In our inaugural production of Otello in 1986, he performed the role of Montano (who sings the first solo lines in that opera). He appeared with LA... View More

  • 01/12/2015

    Tea and Pencils

    Figaro Unbound has begun and it marks my return to LAO since Hansel and Gretel for three different roles in the three productions in this Beaumarchais cycle of The Ghosts of Versailles , The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro . It’s an adventurously inventive project for the Opera, and... View More

  • 01/08/2015

    A note from the librettist of "¡Figaro! (90210)"

    Vid Guerrerio As a teenager, I first fell in love with The Marriage of Figaro as a musical comedy. It had great tunes, it was funny, and it never really occurred to me that it was any different than Bye Bye Birdie or The Fantasticks: it just had a lot more interesting music. I also loved the idea... View More

  • 01/02/2015

    "The Ghosts of Versailles" — A Note from Music Director James Conlon

    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, a man of many talents, is best known today for the worldwide success of a pair of comedies he authored, two thirds of a stage trilogy that accompanied the course of French society in the years leading up to and around the time of the Revolution. His legacy h... View More