The Los Angeles Opera is an opera company based in Los Angeles, CA. LA Opera’s inaugural season was 1986, opening with Verdi’s powerful Otello, starring Placido Domingo. In the ensuing three decades, the LA Opera has produced many classics, premieres and experimental productions; it is now the fourth largest opera company in the United States.
In 1948, the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera began staging shows at a church hall in Beverly Hills. The company grew throughout the 1950s and climaxed with the presentation of the first opera staged at the new Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1964.
Shortly thereafter, the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera changed its name and focus. With the emergence of the newly named Music Center Opera Association, the opera company ended self-production of local performances. The association focused instead on bringing opera companies from other cities to perform in Los Angeles.
In 1984, the Music Center Opera Association decided it was time for Los Angeles to again produce its own operas. Peter Hemmings was named the general director of the new Los Angeles Opera company. Placido Domingo replaced Hemmings in the year 2000, acting first as artistic director then as general director.
Mr. Domingo has been involved with the LA Opera from its inaugural production. He was born in Madrid and grew up in Mexico City. He made his operatic debut in the 1960s and since has performed more roles than any other tenor in music history. He has appeared in every important opera house in the world, performed on stage thousands of times, recorded scores of albums, and conducted hundreds of operas and symphonic concerts.
James Conlon is the music director. He is credited with garnering international acclaim for the LA Opera through various programs, including “Recovered Voices”--focusing on composers affected by the Holocaust--and a program combining professional and amateur musicians to perform family operas.
Los Angeles Tickets
Home for the LA Opera is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the Music Center of Los Angeles County. The Music Center is a growing “cultural hub” featuring multiple stages and venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It stages everything from dance to concerts, from lavish productions to outdoor shows. Get your tickets through StubHub.
There is plenty of on-site parking. The Pavilion is easily acessible by car from US 101 and CA 110. Mass transit options are available. There are on-site and local dining options available and many hotels in the area.
LA Opera Fun Facts
The Los Angeles Music Center covers over 12 acres in Downtown Los Angeles. It includes four venues – The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Mark Taper Forum, Ahmanson Theater and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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