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  • 07/31/2015

    Opera Sisters

    Katie and Annie Lee rehearse “Everything Breathes” from The White Bird of Poston . They are led here (off-camera) by teaching artists Leslie Stevens and Charlie Kim. Sisters have a special bond that cannot be compared to any other relationship. They can be your best friend from the start or even... View More

  • 07/31/2015

    3 Things I Learned Volunteering at LA Opera

    1)    Teamwork is key. Everyone at the company collaborates to make our productions spectacular and employees are willing to go the extra mile for our art. 2)    There are so many ways to see opera and so many new innovations. 3)    Details always matter. It’s been amazing to learn how much detai... View More

  • 07/28/2015

    Extreme Sports Opera

    by Tom Lady You ever been on a rollercoaster ride that’s lasted three decades? Jeff Kleeman has. As the Technical Director for LA Opera, Jeff regularly clocks in 80 or a hundred hours a week, sometimes even more if you can fathom that. Grinning through that ZZ Top beard, he says, “It’s like a... View More

  • 07/27/2015

    #MusicMonday: Streetcar Edition

    When Renée Fleming starred as Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire , she wowed audiences with her many showstopper arias.  Start your week off right by listening to the blues-inspired opera, particularly Blanche’s radiant Act III aria, “ I Want Magic ,” in which she reveals h... View More

  • 07/24/2015

    From Zarzuela To Opera Camp

    Jesus and Diego Lopez (17 and 10, respectively) wanted nothing to do with classical music. When their mother, Beatriz Zaragoza, played classical music in the car, the boys complained. This all changed when the family discovered LA Opera’s Zarzuela Project. With the Community Opera Choruses Networ... View More

  • 07/23/2015

    Throwback Thursday: Radvanovsky In Tosca

    The best on-stage moments occur when a singer can so perfectly capture the essence of a character through vocals and performance. Throughout her career, Sondra Radvanovsky has delivered many of these moments to audiences around the world. Radvanovsky played the title role in Puccini’s Tosca ,... View More

  • 07/21/2015

    5 Classic Opera Cartoon Episodes

    Patricia Bardon as Carmen Imagine yourself at the opera for the first time. You're sitting in the orchestra and the curtain rises to the sounds of the overture from Bizet's Carmen. Suddenly, you realize that you've heard these notes before. But, where?  Opera has inspired artists in all mediums... View More

  • 07/14/2015

    Up Your Word Nerd Game with Opera Terms

    Introducing Word Wednesday:  Learn new opera terms for your next Scrabble game!  Opera - the art form - draws from many different languages for its music and its terminology, making the language of opera rich with high scoring words. Because some are Italian, others French or German, they may not... View More

  • 07/14/2015

    It's not sleep away camp, it's Opera Camp!

    Today's headlines are filled with stories of inequality, injustice and hate. Understanding our role in changing the world can be daunting. Through its annual Opera Camp program, LA Opera is teaching kids 9 - 17 how every action counts.  For the nearly 14 years, LA Opera has hosted Opera Camp, a... View More

  • 07/10/2015

    9 LA Opera stage costumes you could totally wear to Comic-Con

    1. Armored soldiers from  Aida  — who's to say these aren't right out of  Game of Thrones  or  300 ?  Franco Farina as Radames in  Aida  (2005)  2. Any of the  Pagliacci  clowns — whether you're dressin as a riff on the new Joker from next year's  Suicide Squad  Batman spin-off, or a classic homa... View More