LA Opera Podcasts: Behind the Curtain

LA Opera Podcasts: Behind the Curtain

By LA Opera

Created in 1986 by a team of visionaries, LA Opera has become a leader in artistic innovation, while honoring the great historical legacy of opera. Through the powerful art form of opera, we celebrate the diversity and pioneering spirit of our great city.

Episodes

Highway 1, USA and The Dwarf: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Karen Mack, founder of LA Commons, reads the synopsis for Highway 1, USA and The Dwarf. Playing February 24-March 17, tickets to this exciting Double Bill are available now at LAOpera.org.
16/02/24·4m 42s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Highway 1, USA

In this episode, Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon walks us through the history, the plot and of course the music of Highway 1, USA by William Grant Still. Don't miss this rarely performed one-act opera featured in our upcoming Double Bill, tickets are on sale now at LA Opera.org.
08/02/24·20m 32s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on The Dwarf

In this episode, Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon walks us through the history, the plot and of course the music of The Dwarf by Alexander Zemlinsky. Don't miss this a rarely performed one-act opera featured in our upcoming Double Bill, tickets are on sale now at LA Opera.org.
30/01/24·29m 31s

Deeper Cuts and Unsung Operas with Dr. Tiffany Kuo

Looking forward to this season's Recovered Voices project, Dr. Tiffany Kuo shares the history of Traces, a staged vocal work by Luciano Berio, censored at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Listen in as Dr. Kuo explores the intricacies of this controversial and important work. Tickets to LA Opera's Recovered Voices Double Feature are available now at LAOpera.org.
04/01/24·30m 49s

Behind the Curtain - 2023 Holiday Special

In this special episode of Behind the Curtain, join LA Opera Connects' Vice President Tehvon Fowler-Chapman and LA Opera staff as they share their favorite songs and recordings to listen to during the holidays.
15/12/23·5m 55s

Dr. Tiffany Kuo's Pre-Performance Talk on El último sueño de Frida y Diego

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are the center of an otherworldly romance set in Mexico during Día de los Muertos. In this pre-performance talk, Dr. Tiffany Kuo guides you through Gabriela Lena Frank's stunning new opera; the plot, the history and of course the music. Tickets to El último sueño de Frida y Diego are available now at LAOpera.org.
22/11/23·14m 49s

El último sueño de Frida y Diego: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, CEO for La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Leticia Rhi Buckley, reads the synopsis for El último sueño de Frida y Diego. Playing November 18-December 9, tickets are available now at LA Opera.org
14/11/23·12m 16s

The Barber of Seville in Conversation with Louis Lohraseb and Paul Hopper

Louis Lohraseb has been an opera fan for as long as he can remember, first becoming enamored with the art form after hearing a performance on tv. Now, he's back in Los Angeles, a former Young Artist here at LA Opera, conducting this season's The Barber of Seville. Listen in as Louis discusses his journey to conducting, the mentors who shaped his career and his favorite musical moments in The Barber of Seville, with Senior Director of Artistic Planning, Paul Hopper. Playing now through November 12, tickets to The Barber of Seville are available at LAOpera.org.
02/11/23·36m 56s

The Barber of Seville: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Senior Director of Programs for LA Opera Connects, Dr. Andréa Fuentes, reads the synopsis for The Barber of Seville. Playing October 21-November 12, tickets to The Barber of Seville are available now at LA Opera.org
17/10/23·8m 8s

Don Giovanni in Conversation with Kasper Holten and Dr. Tiffany Kuo

Hell for Don Giovanni is loneliness, according to director Kasper Holten, who portrays the titular character as a reactive nobleman, lost in excess and the labyrinth of his own mind. Dive deep into the psyche of Don Giovanni with Kasper Holten and Dr. Tiffany Kuo. Tickets for Don Giovanni are available now at LAOpera.org.
03/10/23·28m 34s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Don Giovanni

Who is Don Giovanni? In this pre-performance talk, Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon guides you through Mozart's Dramma Giocoso; the plot, the history and of course the music. Tickets to Don Giovanni are available now at LAOpera.org.
26/09/23·27m 9s

Don Giovanni: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Vice President of LA Opera Connects, Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, reads the synopsis for Don Giovanni. Playing September 23-October 15, tickets to Don Giovanni are available now at LA Opera.org
14/09/23·7m 37s

Deeper Cuts and Unsung Operas with Jeremy Frank

Looking forward to this season's Recovered Voices Project, Chorus Director Jeremy Frank shares a few of his favorite 'Unsung Operas', works that have been underperformed or omitted from the standard repertoire. Listen in as Jeremy breaks down what makes each of these works so exciting and worth exploring. Tickets to LA Opera's 23/24 Season are available now at LAOpera.org.
23/08/23·40m 27s

Gabriela Lena Frank Discusses El último sueño de Frida y Diego with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

This fall, LA Opera presents Gabriela Lena Frank’s El último sueño de Frida y Diego, a fantastical exploration of the turbulent relationship between artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. In this episode, Ms. Frank joins Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano to discuss how the composer’s multicultural heritage has influenced her work and inspired this innovative opera. Tickets to El último sueño de Frida y Diego and the rest of LA Opera's 2023-2024 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
29/06/23·44m 52s

Advocating for Arts and Health in conversation with Renée Fleming and Dr. Andréa Fuentes

As an arts and health advocate, internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming has brought global attention to the ways in which singing, dancing, painting and more can improve the quality of life for those affected by illness. Ahead of LA Opera’s June 9th Arts and Health Summit, hear Renée in conversation with Dr. Andréa Fuentes, Director of LA Opera Connects, as they discuss the research and practice of integrating arts and health. Learn more at LAOpera.org/ArtsAndHealth Additional Resources: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/music-and-health-what-you-need-to-know https://www.nih.gov/research-training/medical-research-initiatives/sound-health https://neuroartsblueprint.org/ https://www.musictherapy.org/ https://soundhealth.ucsf.edu/
05/06/23·24m 24s

The Return of Opera Camp in Conversation with Eli Villanueva and Karen Hogle-Brown

Resident Director Eli Villanueva and Conductor Karen Hogle-Brown want to meet young performers where they are, and at Opera Camp, they do just that. Regardless of background or experience, Opera Camp students will gain confidence and grow as performing artists. Applications are open now, and scholarships are available. Sign up today at LAOpera.org/OperaCamp
30/05/23·27m 1s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Otello

A maddening descent into jealousy and rage ends in murder. Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he explores the drama, the history and of course the music of Verdi's Otello. See Otello now through June 4, tickets are available at LAOpera.org.
17/05/23·55m 48s

Otello: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Sarah Saturnino, member of the LA Opera Young Artist Program, reads the synopsis for Otello. See the opera hailed as the pinnacle of the Italian operatic repertoire, May 13 - June 4. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
02/05/23·8m 24s

TRADE/Mary Motorhead in conversation with Beth Morrison and Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

Beth Morrison launched her production company to create space for diverse artists. Sixty world premieres later, Beth Morrison Projects' intimate and cutting-edge operas share universal stories. Listen as Beth Morrison and musicologist, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, dig deeper into why these works are so important for long-time opera lovers and those new to the art form. Catch the west-coast premiere of our Off Grand double bill, TRADE and Mary Motorhead, playing April 27-30, 2023. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
26/04/23·38m 22s

Pelléas et Mélisande: From Play to Opera with Dr. Michael Hackett

Listen as Dr. Michael Hackett discusses "Pelléas et Mélisande: From Play to Opera" in this recording from LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. Tickets to Debussy's only opera are available now at LAOpera.org.
06/04/23·35m 43s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Pelléas and Mélisande

Dreamy, mystical, emotional. In this pre-performance talk, Maestro Conlon guides you through the atypical soundscapes and enigmatic plot of Claude Debussy’s only opera; Pelléas and Mélisande.
23/03/23·1h 4m

Pelléas and Mélisande: Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Anthony León, member of the LA Opera Young Artist Program, reads the synopsis for Pelléas and Mélisande. See Debussy's only opera, tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
22/03/23·9m 19s

Making a Community Opera with Eli Villanueva, Natalie Iscovich and Tehvon Fowler-Chapman

Eli Villanueva and Natalie Iscovich share a passion for creating environments where students and community members feel comfortable expressing themselves creatively. This shared passion has brought them together as a dynamic duo of teaching artists, who both got their start with LA Opera Connects on the same production, almost 30 years apart. Eli and Natalie talk to Tehvon Fowler-Chapman, Vice President of LA Opera Connects about their creative beginnings and what it takes to mount a community opera with hundreds of participants. Tickets to this year's Community Opera, Moses, are available now at LAOpera.org.
07/03/23·27m 0s

Bringing Susanna to Life: A Conversation with Janai Brugger

In this episode, talented soprano Janai Brugger discusses her introduction to opera, motherhood and how she brings Susanna to life in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Don't miss Janai as the ever-resourceful bride of Figaro now through February 26. Tickets for The Marriage of Figaro are available at LAOpera.org.
22/02/23·12m 10s

In Conversation with Russell Thomas and Tehvon Fowler-Chapman

In this episode, LA Opera Connects Vice President Tehvon Fowler-Chapman sits down with internationally acclaimed tenor and LA Opera Artist in Residence Russell Thomas to discuss storytelling in opera and what he hopes to impart to the next generation of artists. Hear Russell Thomas in recital at the Colburn on Saturday February 25, tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
07/02/23·22m 56s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on The Marriage of Figaro

In this episode, join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais and his beloved character Figaro for this pre-recorded pre-talk. See Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro now through February 26. Tickets are available at LAOpera.org.
02/02/23·56m 41s

The Marriage of Figaro Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, Anthony León, member of the LA Opera Young Artist Program, reads the synopsis for The Marriage of Figaro. See Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, playing February 4-26. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
30/01/23·10m 13s

Behind the Curtain - 2022 Holiday Special

In this special episode of Behind the Curtain, join LA Opera Connects' Vice President Tehvon Fowler-Chapman and LA Opera staff as they share and dive into their favorite songs and recordings to listen to during the holidays.
14/12/22·7m 34s

A Tale of Two Toscas with Kathleen Moriarty

In this episode, Kathleen Moriarty discusses "A Tale of Two Toscas". This recording was made as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. See Tosca at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion now until December 10. Tickets are available at LAOpera.org
01/12/22·46m 43s

James Conlon's In-Depth Look at Tosca

In this episode, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon explores Tosca - the story, its history, and of course, the music. See LA Opera's Tosca at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from November 19 through December 10. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
18/11/22·42m 0s

Behind the Curtain: Tosca Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, soprano Angel Blue shares the synopsis for Tosca. Showing November 19 through December 10, see Angel Blue as Floria Tosca — the glamorous heroine — in this enthralling tale of love, deception and corruption. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
15/11/22·7m 12s

Omar with Director Kaneza Schaal and Production Designer Christopher Myers

In this episode, the director for Omar Kaneza Schaal and production designer Christopher Myers, discuss their collaboration, artistry and the importance of telling Omar ibn Said's story. Learn more about Omar at LAOpera.org.
11/11/22·18m 13s

Experiencing Omar with Ashley Faatoalia, Cedric Berry and Patrick Blackwell

In this episode, Director of LA Opera Connects, ​Andréa Fuentes, interviews Ashley Faatoalia, Cedric Berry and Patrick Blackwell who discuss their experiences as part of the cast for Omar. This recording was made as part of Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. Don't miss the West Coast premiere of Omar at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, October 22 through November 13. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
01/11/22·32m 10s

Frankenstein in Conversation with Michael Shapiro

In this episode, composer Michael Shapiro is interviewed by LA Opera's Senior Director of Artistic Programs Joshua Winograde. Together they discuss Michael's atmospheric and original score for Frankenstein. Come see composer Michael Shapiro conduct his new score to this 1931 masterpiece of horror at the Ace Theater, performed by the LA Opera Orchestra on October 28 and 29.
26/10/22·21m 59s

Omar Pre-Performance Talk with Michael Abels and Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this episode, Omar co-composer Michael Abels and Professor of Music at Mount San Antonio College, Dr. Tiffany Kuo discuss the music, the story and the process of creating Omar in this pre-recorded pre-performance talk. Tickets to Omar are available now at LAOpera.org.
21/10/22·25m 52s

Behind the Curtain: Omar Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, composer Michael Abels shares the synopsis for Omar. Hear Michael Abels and Rhiannon Giddens music bring Omar's memoir to life in this inspiring true story about one man's faith and courage. Tickets to the West Coast premiere of Omar are available now at LAOpera.org.
11/10/22·8m 0s

Infidelity! Revenge! Madness! Murder!: Sir Walter Scott's "The Bride of Lammermoor"

In this episode, Dr. Lana Dalley discusses "Infidelity! Revenge! Madness! Murder!: Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor". This recording was made as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. Don't miss Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this Sunday, October 9th. Tickets are available at LAOpera.org.
06/10/22·36m 3s

Lucia di Lammermoor Pre-Performance Talk with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

In this episode, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History and Literature at the Colburn Conservatory of Music explores Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in this pre-recorded pre-performance talk. Showing now through October 9th tickets are available at LAOpera.org.
24/09/22·33m 43s

Christopher Koelsch Discusses an Updated Lucia di Lammermoor

In this episode, LA Opera CEO Christopher Koelsch and LA Opera Connects Director Andrea Fuentes discuss the importance of updating our beloved art form and what makes Simon Stone's modern-day staging of Lucia di Lammermoor so exciting. Tickets to Lucia are available now at LAOpera.org
20/09/22·18m 16s

Behind the Curtain: Lucia di Lammermoor Scene-by-Scene

In this episode, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz shares the synopsis for Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Showing September 17th through October 9th , see Arturo play Edgardo - Lucia's beloved - in this spellbinding tale of marriage, madness and murder conducted by LA Opera's new Resident Conductor Lina González-Granados. Tickets to Lucia are available now at LAOpera.org.
13/09/22·5m 34s

James Conlon's In-Depth Look at Lucia di Lammermoor

In this episode, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon explores Lucia di Lammermoor - the story, its history, and of course, the music. See LA Opera's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from September 17 through October 9. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
06/09/22·41m 18s

Lucia: Women and Madness in Opera with Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong

In this episode, Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong discusses "Lucia: Women and Madness in Opera". This recording was made as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. See Lucia di Lammermoor at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from September 17 through October 9. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
01/09/22·33m 25s

Behind the Curtain: The Female Leads of LA Opera's 22/23 Season with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

In this episode, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano discusses the multifaceted female leads in LA Opera's 22-23 season. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
24/08/22·48m 0s

Behind the Curtain: An In-Depth Look at LA Opera's 22/23 Season

In this episode, LA Opera's Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO Christopher Koelsch, takes an in-depth look at the mainstage operas and special events that make up our spectacular 37th season with Maestro James Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, and Russell Thomas, LA Opera's Artist in Residence. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org
18/08/22·51m 51s

Discussing The State of American Opera with Alaysha Fox and Jeremy Frank

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American opera—production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences, and more—through our artist and scholar community. In this episode, LA Opera's Alaysha Fox hosts Chorus Director Jeremy Frank for a discussion about the unique roots and qualities of American Opera as well as their shared excitement about Omar, an opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels opening at LA Opera this October. Tickets to Omar and the rest of LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
11/08/22·48m 43s

From the Vault: Building an Opera: A Conversation with the Creators of Eurydice

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American opera—production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences, and more—through our artist and scholar community. How do you give birth to an opera? In this episode, recorded in 2020, the creators of the world-premiere opera Eurydice - Matthew Aucoin (composer) and Sarah Ruhl (librettist) - reveal their process, the inspirations and hurdles. Soprano Danielle de Niese, who originated the role of Eurydice, joins the conversation along with LA Opera's President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
02/08/22·44m 28s

Highlighting 20th Century African-American Opera Composers with Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American opera - production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences, and more - through our artist and scholar community. In this episode, Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong highlights and celebrates the work of five African-American composers from the first part of the 20th century. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
26/07/22·38m 18s

What Makes American Opera with Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American opera - production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences, and more - through our artist and scholar community. In this episode, Dr. Tiffany Kuo discusses the intersectional qualities that can make American opera challenging to define, according to four musicians and two scholars who were asked to share their perspectives on a wide range of operas, from Scott Joplin's Treemonisha to Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach and more. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org. Please be advised that some of the musical content in this episode may not be suitable for all audiences.
21/07/22·26m 59s

From the Vault: Opera Producer Beth Morrison with Brian Lauritzen

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American opera - production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences, and more - through our artist and scholar community. In this episode, recorded in 2018, Opera producer Beth Morrison sits down with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in a conversation covering what led Morrison to create her company, Beth Morrison Projects; how BMP and LA Opera formed their artistic partnership; and the relationship between new work and the standard opera repertoire.
14/07/22·30m 34s

From the Vault: Dana Gioia on Walt Whitman and Opera

In this new podcast series, we explore elements of American operas - production and reception histories, social contexts, historical valences and more - through our artist and scholar community. In this episode from May 2018 Dana Gioia, internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, former California Poet laureate and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, discusses one of his heroes, Walt Whitman, and how Whitman's great love of opera influenced his life and work. To continue learning about American opera visit our Lesson Plans and Resources page at LAOpera.org/Connects.
06/07/22·1h

Behind the Curtain: In Conversation with Russell Thomas and Christopher Koelsch

In this podcast, Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera's Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and CEO, chats with internationally acclaimed tenor and LA Opera Artist in Residence Russell Thomas about careers and access in opera as well as Mr. Thomas's journey to the operatic stage. Tickets to LA Opera's 22-23 season are available now at LAOpera.org.
29/06/22·50m 39s

Behind the Curtain: A Conversation with LA Opera Connects' College Advisory Committee

In this podcast, listen as we explore the experiences of the future generations of opera-lovers. Moderators Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano and Xochitl Hernandez chat with LA Opera Connects' College Advisory Committee and Leadership Academy members Sakeenah Godfrey, JJ Abraham Flores, and Joseph-Nathaniel Cuenca. To apply for LA Opera Connects' College Advisory Committee, or for more information about our learning and community programming, please visit LAOpera.org/Community.
21/06/22·50m 18s

From the Vault: Indre Viskontas: The Science of Music's Effect on The Brain

In this podcast recorded in 2019, Indre Viskontas, neuroscientist and operatic soprano, discusses the relationship between music and the brain. From June 12 to June 18, 2022, explore the intersection between arts and health through a series of events across LA County. For more information and a full schedule, please visit LAOpera.org/Wellness.
16/06/22·41m 59s

Arts and Health with Michele Patzakis and Nani Sinha

In this podcast, ​Andréa Fuentes, Director for LA Opera Connects, chats with opera singers and arts and health advocates Nani Sinha and Michele Patzakis. Join LA Opera Connects in celebrating LA County Arts and Health Week June 12-18, 2022. In collaboration with LA County Department of Arts and Culture and the WHO Healing Arts Initiative as well as multiple arts and health organizations around Los Angeles County, join us at several events during the week as well as at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 for an arts and health summit. For more information visit LAOpera.org/Wellness.
14/06/22·52m 30s

Aida: The Music, The Women, The Drama with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

In this podcast, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano discusses Verdi's Aida; the music, the women and the drama. See LA Opera's Aida at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from May 21 to June 12, 2022. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
07/06/22·33m 49s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Aida

In this podcast, listen to James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director for LA Opera, in his pre-performance lecture for Verdi's Aida, showing now at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. See LA Opera's Aida from May 21 - June 12, 2022, tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
31/05/22·58m 55s

Aida: History Vs. Opera

In this podcast, Dr. Muriel McClendon hosts "History Vs. Opera", in which Dr. Tiffany Kuo and Dr. Kara Cooney analyze Verdi's depiction of Egypt in Aida and historical records of Egypt's Old Kingdom. This recording was made as part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. LA Opera's Aida is playing from May 21 to June 12 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Get your tickets now at LAOpera.org. https://youtu.be/ZOVpQYGm3NM
26/05/22·43m 1s

Scenes from the Orchestra: Aida with James Conlon

In this podcast, Richard Seaver Music Director and conductor James Conlon shares his insight into the contexts and history of Aida, one of Verdi's great works. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. See LA Opera's Aida at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion between May 21 and June 12, 2022. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
17/05/22·46m 26s

Aida: When Verdi (Almost) Said Good-bye with Gerardo Kleinburg

In this podcast writer, music critic and cultural promoter, Gerardo Kleinburg, discusses "Aida: When Verdi (Almost) Said Good-bye". This recording was made as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. See Aida at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from May 21 through June 12, 2022. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
12/05/22·45m 1s

Behind the Curtain: Aida Scene-By-Scene

In this podcast, renowned soprano Latonia Moore shares the synopsis for Verdi's Aida, an opera with some of the most famous music in the operatic canon. Showing May 21 - June 12, see Latonia Moore and Russell Thomas star as secret lovers from rival kingdoms in this timeless romance, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by James Conlon, at LA Opera. Tickets are available now on our website, LAOpera.org.
03/05/22·6m 27s

Aida In Conversation with Director Francesca Zambello

In this podcast, LA Opera Sebastian Paul and Marybelle Musco President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Koelsch and Aida Director Francesca Zambello discuss the challenges and joys of producing Verdi’s Aida for modern audiences. Come see LA Opera’s Aida from May 21 - June 12, 2022 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org
27/04/22·17m 41s

On Gold Mountain with Librettist Lisa See, Composer Nathan Wang and Director Jennifer Chang

In this podcast, LA Opera Connects director Andréa Fuentes interviews composer Nathan Wang, author and librettist Lisa See and director Jennifer Chang regarding On Gold Mountain, an opera based on Lisa See's book of the same title. See On Gold Mountain May 5-15, in the newly expanded Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. Tickets are available now, only at The Huntington's website; Huntington.org.
20/04/22·43m 39s

From the Vault: A Contemplation of the Musical Traditions of Easter with James Conlon

In this special edition of Behind the Curtain LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon contemplates some of the rich musical works, oratorios, opera and stage festival plays, that have been associated with Easter traditions and celebrations. This recording was created in April of 2021.
14/04/22·38m 55s

In Our Daughter's Eyes with Composer Du Yun, Creative Producer Beth Morrison and Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this podcast, composer Du Yun and creative producer Beth Morrison chat with musicologist Dr. Tiffany Kuo about the opera In Our Daughter’s Eyes, which is showing April 13, 14, 16, and 17, 2022 at REDCAT in Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets to the world premiere of In Our Daughter’s Eyes are available now at laopera.org
12/04/22·26m 55s

From the Vault: "Los Angeles as Opera: On Gold Mountain"

Discover On Gold Mountain, the true story of Fong See, a pioneer of Los Angeles’ Chinatown who immigrated to the United States to find his fortune. Author and librettist Lisa See and composer Nathan Wang join Li Wei Yang, curator for the Pacific Rim Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, soprano Shana Blake Hill, an original cast member of On Gold Mountain, and violinist Shelly Ren. This podcast was recorded on November 19, 2020. Come see On Gold Mountain May 5-15 in the newly-expanded Chinese gardens of The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Tickets are available now at Huntington.org.
06/04/22·48m 7s

Javier Camarena in Recital: A Conversation with Suzanna Guzmán

In this podcast, mezzo-soprano and host Suzanna Guzmán interviews Mexican tenor Javier Camarena regarding his journey to the operatic stage, his extensive career, and his love of music. See Javier Camarena in recital on March 31 and April 2, 2022, tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
29/03/22·20m 14s

"We Hold These Truths" with Composer Tamar-kali and Filmmaker dream hampton

In this podcast, composer Tamar-kali Brown and filmmaker dream hampton discuss the genesis of their work with We Hold These Truths, a musical and cinematic triptych setting three iconic poems from Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and Claude McKay. We Hold These Truths is available now on LA Opera's digital platform LA Opera On Now available at LAOpera.org.
22/03/22·17m 9s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on St. Matthew Passion

In this podcast, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Bach's St. Matthew Passion in this pre-recorded pre-performance talk.
15/03/22·33m 59s

Behind the Curtain: St. Matthew Passion Scene-By-Scene

In this podcast, Susan Graham, Artistic Advisor to the LA Opera's Young Artists Program, takes us through a scene-by-scene description of Bach's St. Matthew Passion. This production of St. Matthew Passion opens March 12, 2022.
10/03/22·6m 4s

A Conversation with the Creative Team of The Three Women of Jerusalem

In this podcast, composer Carla Lucero, poet and translator Dr. Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, and Silvia Nuñez director of UNAM (La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México en Los Ángeles) discuss The Three Women of Jerusalem or Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén the first Spanish-language work commissioned by LA Opera for performances at the Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels. This production will premiere on Saturday, March 19, 2022. We hope you will join us for this historic production. Tickets are available now at LAOpera.org.
02/03/22·23m 13s

Exploring Spanish Language Opera - El retablo de Maese Pedro with Dr. Mitchell Morris

In this podcast, musicologist Dr. Mitchell Morris continues our Exploring the Canon podcast series with a discussion of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and his work El retablo del Maese Pedro, a puppet opera based on Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators, in celebration of the premiere of The Three Women of Jerusalem, or Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén, a new Spanish-language opera by composer and librettist Carla Lucero. This production will premiere at Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels on March 19, 2022.
24/02/22·32m 2s

The Three Women of Jerusalem with Composer Carla Lucero and Director Eli Villanueva

In this podcast, composer Carla Lucero discusses the upcoming premiere of her work The Three Women of Jerusalem or Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén with stage director Eli Villanueva and consulting Vice President of LA Opera Connects Stacy Brightman. The Three Women of Jerusalem will premiere on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators.
23/02/22·33m 49s

Communicating St. Matthew Passion through Choreography: Dr. Ariane Helou and Kitty McNamee

In this podcast, Dr. Ariane Helou, a scholar whose research focuses on drama, music and poetry in early modern Europe, and artist and choreographer Kitty McNamee discuss choreography and communication in the music, libretto and visuals of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.
16/02/22·39m 7s

From the Vaults: Renowned Opera Artist Maria Ewing and UCLA's Michael Hackett

LA Opera is proud to share this special conversation recorded on November 9, 2015 between renowned opera artist Maria Ewing and Michael Hackett of UCLA. Throughout her remarkable career, Miss Ewing astonished audiences with her searing performances in both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. As one of the early leading artists at LA Opera, she spoke with Dr. Hackett as part of LA Opera's oral history project to discuss her career, roles and a life in opera. We celebrate Maria Ewing's life, honor her legacy and remember her artistry and performances across the world.
09/02/22·47m 42s

Revisiting the Canon with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

In this podcast, which continues our Exploring the Operatic Canon series, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano takes us through the influences on the canon and helps us to examine the nature of opera as well as the possibilities and challenges for its future.
02/02/22·29m 56s

The Accessibility of Opera's Origins and Futures with Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this podcast, which continues our Exploring the Operatic Canon series, Dr. Tiffany Kuo discusses the identity and accessibility of the traditional canon, from production to reception, and the ways in which we can discover new works and address equity in the performing arts today.
25/01/22·15m 11s

The Origin and Directions of Opera with Dr. Naomi André

In this podcast, which continues our Exploring the Operatic Canon series, Dr. Naomi André discusses the Italian origin of opera and the concept of the operatic canon, as well as changes and influences over the years and some of her joy as she looks forward to the inclusion of wonderful new works.
21/01/22·25m 30s

James Conlon on History, Opera and Composers of the 19th and 20th Century

In this podcast, the first of an Exploring the Operatic Canon series, Maestro James Conlon discusses one of opera lovers' favorite parts of the canon: the operas of the 19th and 20th centuries. From Verdi to Stravinsky, Maestro Conlon shares his wisdom and insight.
14/01/22·24m 6s

Opera Happy Hour: Countertenors

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and... mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this podcast version of the episode, join Jeremy for a piano-side chat all about countertenors. Jacob Ingbar, a current member of our Young Artist Program and all-star countertenor, pops in for some musical conversation and speciality sipping vermouth (a rare cocktail to match his rare vocal Fach).
05/01/22·24m 13s

Behind The Curtain - Holiday Special

In this special episode of Behind the Curtain, join LA Opera's Senior Director of Artistic Programs Joshua Winograde and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists as they share and dive into their favorite songs and recordings to listen to during the holidays. Follow the link below for full-length recordings featured in this episode. https://www.laopera.org/discover/podcasts/behind-the-curtain-holiday-special/
24/12/21·12m 1s

Opera Happy Hour: Holiday Special

In this podcast, Associate Chorus Master Jeremy Frank explores classic operatic holiday tunes in an episode of Opera Happy Hour. If you're ready for an Opera Happy Hour, sip (and sing) along with Jeremy as he plays favorites from "La Bohème" and "Die Fledermaus" with a festive Manhattan in hand. For an even more participatory experience, head over to the video linked in the description and enjoy. This episode aired originally in December 2020. https://www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera-on-now/la-opera-on-now-all-events/holiday-opera-happy-hour/
16/12/21·24m 31s

Family Days Special: Cinderella

In this special episode of Behind the Curtain, the whole family can discover the story of Rossini's opera Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Introduce your young ones (and the young at heart) to spunky Cinderella (no damsel in distress here), who overcomes adversity and finds true love with the dashing prince. This unforgettable family-friendly comedy delivers laughs, love and, of course, stunning music. Come feel the magic for yourself at our Family Days event on Sunday, December 12. Get your tickets at laopera.org
07/12/21·5m 13s

Behind the Curtain: Rossini's Plucky Mezzos

In this podcast, tilted "Rossini's Plucky Mezzos", Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong, LA Opera Connects affiliated scholar, presents a historical and cultural context behind Italian opera - exploring voice types, characters, and how these influenced Rossini's work. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators.
02/12/21·46m 54s

Cinderella Pre-Performance Talk with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

Before you enter the (bright pink) fantasy world of Cinderella, learn more about the opera and its composer with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and a LA Opera Connects affiliated scholar. This pre-show talk gives you the ins and outs of Rossini's life, his magical opera, and the characters of Cinderella.
24/11/21·38m 41s

Behind the Curtain: La Cenerentola Scene-By-Scene

In this podcast, Andréa Fuentes, Director of LA Opera Connects, takes us through a scene-by-scene description of Rossini's La Cenerentola. This production of La Cenerentola, new to Los Angeles Opera, opens November 20, 2021.
16/11/21·5m 47s

Behind the Curtain: A Tale of Two Composers

In this podcast, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History and Literature at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, explores the careers and influences of Rossini and Wagner up to 1850 in the context of European opera cultures of that time. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects' Scholar Series on Rossini's La Cenerentola and Wagner's Tannhäuser.
10/11/21·34m 50s

Alcina In Concert: A Conversation With Jeremy Geffen and Harry Bicket

In November of 2021, LA Opera and CalPerformances are co-presenting The English Concert on tour with Handel's Alcina. In this podcast, Jeremy Geffen of CalPerformances leads conductor Harry Bicket in conversation about Handel's masterpiece.
05/11/21·31m 24s

Alcina Pre-Performance Talk with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano

In this pre-performance talk, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and an LA Opera Connects affiliated scholar, introduces audiences to "Alcina," an opera seria written by George Frideric Handel. Dr. Brown-Montesano discusses the composer, the baroque period and the story of this great work.
03/11/21·38m 21s

Opera Happy Hour: Halloween Special

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this episode, Jeremy is mixing up a Cuba Libre (aka rum and coke) in preparation for the spookiest episode of Opera Happy Hour yet. This week, we're talking all about the craziest deaths in opera, from Dido and Aeneas to La Wally.
29/10/21·26m 22s

Get Out: A Behind the Score Conversation with Michael Abels and Bruce Lemon, Jr.

In this podcast, Michael Abels, composer of the score for Get Out, is interviewed by host Bruce Lemon Jr, actor, writer, producer, and director of LA Opera's 2020 production of The Anonymous Lover. Together, they discuss Michael Abels' work with Get Out at the Ace Theater. Come see composer Michael Abels conduct his disconcerting “gospel horror” original score, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra and the amazing DC6 Singers (the performers heard on the soundtrack), on Oct 29, 30, and 31st, 2021. Tickets are available at laopera.org.
26/10/21·39m 48s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Tannhäuser

In this podcast, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Wagner's Tannhäuser in this pre-recorded pre-performance talk.
22/10/21·46m 21s

A Conversation with the Creative Team of "The First Bluebird in the Morning"

In this podcast, Andréa Fuentes, Director of LA Opera Connects, speaks with composer Carlos Simon, librettist Sandra Seaton, and Director and Choreographer Jamar Roberts about the collaboration, artistry, and meanings in the digital short "The First Bluebird in the Morning." "The First Bluebird in the Morning" is available at LAOpera.org
19/10/21·30m 9s

Behind the Curtain: Tannhäuser Scene-By-Scene

In this podcast, Andréa Fuentes, Director of LA Opera Connects, takes us through a scene-by-scene description of Wagner's Tannhäuser. An original LA Opera production of Tannhäuser opens October 16.
12/10/21·3m 25s

From the Vault: A Return to Venusberg

In this podcast, delve into the universe (literally) during this wide-ranging conversation with musical selections, featuring astronomer Dr. Laura Danly, Curator of the Griffith Observatory and James Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director. Together they examine the power and influence of Venus, the goddess and star of love, over the title character of Wagner's Tannhäuser. This podcast was recorded in October, 2020.
05/10/21·34m 5s

Artists, Creativity, and Sacrifice – A Conversation with Il Trovatore artists

In this podcast, Il Trovatore performers Morris Robinson and Tiffany Townsend, along with Fight Choreographer Andrew Kenneth Moss, discuss their creative beginnings, the way they kept their creativity during COVID, and, of course, Verdi's Il Trovatore with this episode's host, Suzanna Guzmán.
30/09/21·28m 40s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on Il Trovatore

In this podcast, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Il Trovatore - the story, its social contexts, and, of course, the music - in this pre-recorded pre-performance talk.
21/09/21·53m 38s

Il Trovatore, Verdi, and Melodramma

In this podcast, Dr. Mitchell Morris discusses Verdi, Verdi's operas and melodramma, and Il Trovatore. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators.
15/09/21·25m 38s

Behind the Curtain: Il Trovatore Scene-By-Scene

In this podcast, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, who plays Azucena in LA Opera's 2021 production of Il Trovatore, takes us through a scene-by-scene description of Verdi's masterpiece, which opens September 18th.
07/09/21·6m 15s

Staging and Creation in Il Trovatore - A conversation with Raehann Bryce-Davis and Angela Saroglou

In this podcast, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis and assistant stage director Angela Saroglou discuss Il Trovatore behind the scenes and the pathways forward to bringing Verdi's work to life.
07/09/21·15m 27s

Convention and Form in Il Trovatore

In this podcast, Dr. Mitchell Morris, Chair of Musicology as well as of LGBTQ studies at UCLA, discusses Il Trovatore, the career of Verdi, and the reception of Italian Opera. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects’ professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators, in September of 2020.
25/08/21·43m 51s

Building an Opera Community - LA Opera's Artist in Residence, Russell Thomas

In this podcast, Christopher Koelsch, President and CEO of LA Opera, speaks with world-renowned tenor, Russell Thomas, LA Opera's recently-appointed Artist in Residence. They discuss Mr. Thomas’s new role with LA Opera which includes his two newly created training programs for young singers, his journey discovering and sharing opera, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped the art form.
17/08/21·28m 18s

The Growth of Opera Leaders - Khori Dastoor in conversation with Suzanna Guzmán and Eli Villanueva

In this podcast, renowned mezzo soprano Suzanna Guzman chats with Khori Dastoor, an artist-turned administrative leader in the field of opera and the first woman to have the role of General Director and CEO of Houston Grand Opera. Joined by Eli Villanueva, the Resident Stage Director for LA Opera Connects, they discuss their journeys to discovering opera, careers, and plans for the future. This conversation was recorded as part of LA Opera Connects’ Opera Camp, a summer performance intensive for children ages 9 through 17.
12/08/21·27m 23s

Opera Happy Hour: Musical Theater

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this episode, Ashley Faatoalia joins Jeremy to help answer the age-old question: What’s the difference between musical theater and opera?
04/08/21·30m 39s

History vs. Opera: Don Giovanni with Dr. Muriel McClendon, Dr. Teofilo Ruiz and Jeremy Frank

In this podcast, Dr. Muriel McClendon, Associate Professor of History at UCLA, and Dr. Teofilo Ruiz, a scholar of social and popular cultures of late medieval and early modern Spain, chat with LA Opera Associate Chorus Master Jeremy Frank about Mozart’s "Don Giovanni" — the fantasy and reality of the story, the meanings of Mozart’s music, and the complexity of the histories that centered this story in social roles and agency are discussed in a deep exploration of one of Mozart’s most well-known operas. This discussion, which was recorded as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series, Opera for Educators, covers some adult topics, and may not be suitable for listeners of all ages. Learn more about Opera for Educators at LAOpera.org/Connects.
28/07/21·38m 30s

"Styles And Philosophies Of Opera Since The 1950s” With Dr. Mitchell Morris

In this podcast, Dr. Mitchell Morris discusses the complexity of opera post-1950. In his talk, titled “Modernism and the Sonically Complex: Styles and Philosophies of Opera Since the 1950s”, Dr. Morris invites us into the history of opera house repertory and a study of the effects of modernism. This recording was created as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. Learn more about Opera for Educators at LAOpera.org/Connects.
13/07/21·48m 6s

Opera Happy Hour: Virtual Opera Vacation

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this special summer episode, Jeremy takes us on a virtual trip around the world while we listen to some of our favorite operas.
06/07/21·25m 3s

"Expanding the Operatic Canon and Reframing How We Consider its History Part 2" with Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this podcast, Dr. Tiffany Kuo discusses the influence of cultural context, venues, and patronage in producing opera as she analyzes Francesca Caccini’s "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina", which Dr. Kuo refers to as "The Rescue of Roger". This recording was created in May 2021 as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. The subject for the entire day was "Expanding the Canon".  We asked scholars to consider If the operatic canon is made up those works that are most frequently performed, who are the composers and what are the works, new and old, that may be brilliant but are currently overlooked, and even more, should be performed more often.  Learn more about Opera for Educators at  LAOpera.org/Connects.
30/06/21·21m 2s

Good and Bad Utopias in Billy Budd: A Conversation with Mitchell Morris

On June 26 at 10 am PT, LA Opera On Air will return to KUSC radio station with a broadcast of "Billy Budd." With an all-male cast of 25 solo roles, and vast choral and orchestral forces, all conducted by James Conlon, it’s the most grandly scaled of Britten’s many operas. Liam Bonner, Richard Croft and Greer Grimsley take the leading roles. And, of course, June is also Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month. Benjamin Britten, the composer, was an openly gay man in a time and place where homosexuality was illegal. In this Behind the Curtain conversation, LA Opera's Connects Vice President Stacy Brightman speaks with Dr. Mitchell Morris, UCLA's chair of Musicology and chair for LGBTQ Studies; Dr. Morris speaks about Britten, his work, and how or if this opera is relevant in relation to how far the LGBTQ community has come since the opera’s premiere in 1951. Please note, this frank conversation touches on adult themes and may not be appropriate for all listeners.
22/06/21·42m 42s

James Conlon on Oedipus Rex

In anticipation of LA Opera's On Now streaming of "Oedipus Rex", Conductor and LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon delves into the one-act opera's mythic and musical power. Composer Igor Stravinsky and librettist Jean Cocteau based "Oedipus Rex" on the ancient Greek tragedy of the same name by Sophocles—yes, the one where Oedipus unknowingly kills his own father and marries his mother. The 1927 opera is a highly stylized and ritualistic work. The production will be available to watch beginning June 17, 2021. You can sign-up for free to access the video on LA Opera's website at www.LAOpera.org.
15/06/21·32m 8s

A Conversation with Composer Mariela Rodríguez and Soprano Vanessa Becerra

In this Behind the Curtain podcast, Andrea Fuentes, Associate Director for Programming with LA Opera Connects, speaks with composer Mariela Rodríguez and soprano Vanessa Becerra to discuss their work, artistry, and the importance of musical discovery in LA Opera's "After Hours: Latina Composers" recital, which is available at laopera.org.
08/06/21·21m 6s

"Stravinsky And Cocteau's Oedipus Rex" With Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano And Dr. Ariane Helou

In this Behind the Curtain conversation, musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano and Dr. Arianne Helou, a dramaturg and French studies scholar, discuss "Oedipus Rex," composed by Igor Stravinsky to a libretto by Jean Cocteau based on the ancient Greek tragedy of the same name by Sophocles. The 1927 opera is a highly stylized, ritualistic work set in the time of plague. On Sunday, June 6, 2021, LA Opera will present "Oedipus Rex" at our home in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. With a limited audience and safety protocols observed, it will be our first public, indoor performance since March 2020. Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon conducts a stellar cast led by tenor Russell Thomas, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, as Oedipus, the doomed king. Mezzo-soprano J'Nai Bridges returns as Jocasta, his queen (and mother). Legendary actor Stephen Fry will make his LA Opera debut (via audio recording) as the Narrator in this equally-legendary tale. A special online version of "Oedipus Rex" will be released on June 17 for home viewing. Please check our website at www.LAOpera.org for more information.
01/06/21·57m 20s

Behind the Curtain LIVE: "Oh Freedom": Protest and Liberty Through Music

LA Opera artist in residence Russell Thomas has curated the digital recital "After Hours: Songs of Protest", honoring and celebrating some of the unforgettable music that has galvanized social justice. In this Behind The Curtain conversation, Dr. Shana Redmond, Professor of Musicology and African American Studies at UCLA, speaks with Russell Thomas, soprano Brandie Sutton and baritone Justin Austin about their journeys into and through music, and how they are approaching this repertory of powerful musical works. "After Hours: Songs of Protest" will be available to stream on LA Opera's website, www.laopera.org, beginning on Friday, June 11 at 5pm PST.
25/05/21·39m 30s

"Expanding the Operatic Canon and Reframing How We Consider its History Part 1" with Dr. Tiffany Kuo

In this podcast, Dr. Tiffany Kuo, Professor of Music at Mount San Antonio College and Colburn Conservatory of Music, analyzes the importance of patronage in opera and the arts as she examines "Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine" by composer Tyshawn Sorey, whose digital short "DEATH" is currently streaming at laopera.org/death Tiffany Kuo’s discussion of "Perle Noire", a staged-song cycle conceived by Peter Sellars and sung by soprano Julia Bullock, helps us to explore and expand how we conceive of the operatic canon. This discussion was recorded in May 2021 as part of LA Opera Connects professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators. Learn more about Opera for Educators at laopera.org/community.
18/05/21·18m 0s

"Don Giovanni: Not PG-13" with Dr. Susan McClary

Dr. Susan McClary discusses the ways in which the perception of Mozart’s works as “safe,” or otherwise perfect, affects our understanding of the deeper meanings and sense of beauty of his works, with a focus on Don Giovanni. This discussion was recorded as part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators, in February 2021. Dr. McClary is a professor of music and head of musicology at Case Western Reserve University. This podcast addresses mature topics, and may not be suitable for all audiences.
11/05/21·43m 38s

Opera Happy Hour: Opera Dance Party

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. Put on your dancing shoes and get your cocktail shakers ready.⁣ In this episode, Jeremy's headed to the dance floor to explore dance and opera in The Marriage of Figaro, Salome, Aida and Orpheus and Eurydice.
04/05/21·18m 18s

James Conlon on Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd

As part of LA Opera's On Now digital offerings, we are thrilled to be sharing an audio performance of "Billy Budd" beginning Tuesday, April 27th at 5:00 p.m. PT. on LA Opera's website, Facebook and YouTube (links below). "Billy Budd" was composed by Benjamin Britten with a libretto by English novelist E. M. Forster and Eric Crozier, based on the short novel "Billy Budd" by Herman Melville. LA Opera's production, from February and March 2014, was conducted by James Conlon with Stage Direction by Francesca Zambello. In anticipation of the audio presentation, we are delighted to share, from the vaults, Mo. Conlon's pre-performance talk on this opera and composer he adores. LA Opera website: https://www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera-on-now/la-opera-on-now-all-events/from-the-vault-billy-budd-audio-stream/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LAOpera YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/laopera
27/04/21·32m 42s

Opera Happy Hour: Verismo Opera and Reality TV

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. Are you a fan of reality TV? Well, believe it or not, opera has its own style of this truth-like entertainment, called "Verismo". In this episode, Jeremy walks us through one of the best-known and well-loved examples of Verismo opera - "Pagliacci" (the one with that famous sad clown).
20/04/21·26m 10s

Opera Happy Hour: Opera In America

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this episode that originally aired in January 2021, Jeremy explores opera in America through the works of three contemporary composers – André Previn, Philip Glass, and Anthony Davis.
13/04/21·25m 22s

Opera Happy Hour: Bel Canto and the Original Golden Age

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this episode that originally aired in November 2020, Jeremy breaks down one of the most beloved subgenres of opera: bel canto.
06/04/21·24m 17s

A Contemplation on the Musical Traditions of Easter with James Conlon

In this special edition of Behind the Curtain, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon contemplates some of the rich musical works, oratorios, opera and stage festival plays, that have been associated with Easter traditions and celebrations. Works featured include: Messiah by George Frideric Handel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r68P8TBWiIQ St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 by Johann Sebastian Bach https://youtu.be/28bIf-OzKVE Anne Sofie von Otter - "Erbarme dich, mein Gott": https://youtu.be/r2C8TvF3dJk Easter Oratorio. BWV 249 by Johann Sebastian Bach https://youtu.be/xUKc_-x6v0M Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvořák https://youtu.be/MTPxgiAtTp0 https://youtu.be/BaKhp6voYdw Stabat Mater, Op. 53 by Karol Szymanowski https://youtu.be/soC2WFYgWH0 Quattro pezzi sacri: Stabat mater by Giuseppe Verdi https://youtu.be/HU9rqXpYWJk Christus by Franz Liszt https://youtu.be/PteHCN8_fHk Parsifal - Act Three - Karfreitag (Good Friday) Excerpt by Richard Wagner https://youtu.be/z-vcbbRREUgKarfreitagrauber
01/04/21·39m 36s

Children’s Musical Experiences in the Pandemic: Lessons for the Future with Dr. Beatriz Ilari

Dr. Beatriz Ilari is Associate Professor of Music Education and Chair of the Department of Music Teaching and Learning at the University of Southern California. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, she has conducted extensive research with infants and children to examine the intersections between music, child development, cognition, and culture. In this talk, recorded on March 20 as a part of LA Opera Connects' Opera for Educators series, she discusses the latest research into children's musical experiences during the pandemic and what lessons may we glean for the future. More about Dr. Ilari: https://www.LAOpera.org/community/affiliated-scholars/beatriz-ilari/ More about Opera for Educators: https://www.LAOpera.org/OperaForEducators
30/03/21·28m 42s

A Conversation with the Creative Team of Breaking the Waves

In conjunction with LA Opera's presentation of Breaking the Waves (a co-commission with Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects), we are pleased to offer this conversation between LA Opera's Senior Director of Artistic Programs Joshua Winograde and the creative team behind the opera: creative producer Beth Morrison, composer Missy Mazzoli, and librettist Royce Vavrek. This conversation was recorded in February 2021. Presented digitally through the LA Opera On Now initiative, this compelling adaptation of Lars Von Trierʼs 1996 cinematic masterpiece reaches audiences through an incredibly emotional filmed performance. Winner of the 2017 award for “Best New Opera” by the Music Critics Association of North America, groundbreaking composer Missy Mazzoli's first large-scale opera is already recognized as one of the most powerful music-theater pieces of our time.  Reserve your free access to watch from now until April 12 on LA Opera website here: https://www.laopera.org/performances/upcoming-digital-performances/breaking-the-waves-3/
23/03/21·42m 30s

A Conversation with Dr. Tyshawn Sorey and Nadia Hallgren, Creators of the Digital Short DEATH

DEATH is a new digital short in three parts, based on a poem of the same name by the great American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Composer Dr. Tyshawn Sorey crafts a breathtaking reflective musical setting, and filmmaker Nadia Hallgren creates a visual story that gives a glimpse into the creative process of both composer and poet, and addresses the Black experience in America. In this Behind the Curtain conversation, Dr. Muriel McClenndon, Associate Professor for History at UCLA, speaks with D. Sorey and Ms. Hallgren, discussing how the project originated, and how its poetry, music and image resonate together. DEATH premiered on February 19, 2021, and can be accessed for free on our website at: LAOpera.org/Death
20/03/21·25m 51s

Behind the Curtain LIVE: Celebrating Women Composers

Enjoy this inspiring conversation with composers Juhi Bansal, Gabriela Lena Frank, Nia Imani Franklin and Laura Karpman, moderated by mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán. These women are redefining classical and film music, while smashing preconceptions and barriers for other artists. Each has become a champion of a more vibrant and inclusive future. This podcast was recorded on December 3, 2020 as part of a live, Zoom event in partnership with The Hildegards, Arts for LA, and the Women’s Opera Network of OPERA America.
02/03/21·1h 2m

Opera Happy Hour: "Operatic Family Reunions "

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this episode, Jeremy dives into some of opera's most famous family reunions (some more heartwarming than others). Enjoy more Opera Happy Hour here: www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera…/opera-happy-hour
23/02/21·30m 29s

Bass Morris Robinson in Conversation with LA Opera's Christopher Koelsch

Bass Morris Robinson is considered one of the most compelling and sought-after performers in opera today. He regularly appears at the Metropolitan Opera, where he is a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. He made his LA Opera debut in 2009 with The Magic Flute and has appeared subsequently in numerous thrilling roles. LA Opera audiences love him - especially our teen audiences. Mr. Robinson regularly meets with students and has been one of the greatest ambassadors in welcoming young people into the opera house. In this conversation, recorded immediately before the final dress rehearsal of Rigoletto in 2018, Mr. Robinson chats with LA Opera's President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and an audience of several hundred local students.
16/02/21·20m 6s

Behind the Curtain LIVE: Los Angeles as Opera: On Gold Mountain

Discover On Gold Mountain, the true story of Fong See, a pioneer of Los Angeles’ Chinatown who immigrated to America to work on the railroad and find his fortune. Author and librettist Lisa See and composer Nathan Wang join Li Wei Yang, curator for the Pacific Rim Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens, for a conversation with music exploring See’s Chinese immigrant family’s extraordinary history and impact upon Los Angeles, and the opera it inspired. The three are joined by soprano Shana Blake Hill, an original cast member of On Gold Mountain, and violinist Shelly Ren. This podcast was recorded in front of a live Zoom audience on November 19, 2020. On Gold Mountain will be produced in the newly-expanded Chinese gardens of The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens during the spring of the 2021-22 season.
09/02/21·49m 18s

Conversation with the LA Composers of Modulation

Presented in collaboration with the Prototype Festival, Modulation is a ground-breaking exploration of opera and theater adapting to a new format. Audience members are in control as they navigate through a landscape of new musical pieces—each with its own visual component—exploring the strands that weave together our lives over this past tumultuous and revelatory year. With themes of isolation, identity and fear, with the connection of breath, the experience brings together 13 of the most provocative and diverse voices in the contemporary music idiom. In this conversation, we are honored to welcome four of these extraordinary composers, all of whom are Los Angeles natives or based now in Los Angeles. Composer Juhi Bansal welcomes Jojo Abot, Yvette Janine Jackson, and Carmina Escobar. Please note that this conversation delves into contemporary issues and includes adult language which might not be suitable for all listeners. Modulation can be accessed on LA Opera's website until February 28, 2021 at 8:59pm PT: https://www.laopera.org/performances/upcoming-digital-performances/modulation
02/02/21·41m 24s

Opera Happy Hour: "Tying the (K)not"

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this special audio edition of Opera Happy Hour, toast to love with Jeremy as he explores the (many) depictions of wedding scenes in opera. Enjoy more Opera Happy Hour here: www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera…/opera-happy-hour
26/01/21·25m 45s

From the Vaults: "p r i s m" Composer Ellen Reid with Brian Lauritzen

This episode of Behind the Curtain features a conversation between Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen and composer Ellen Reid. It was recorded and first shared in November 2018 prior to LA Opera's world premiere of "p r i s m" by Ellen Reid and librettist Roxie Perkins. Directed by James Darrah, the opera went on to win the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in music. Beginning on January 26, 2021 at 4pm PT, LA Opera's On Now digital platform will feature a stream of a full-length performance of "p r i s m", which was filmed in New York in 2019. "p r i s m" will stream online, free of charge for two weeks. As well, on January 29 at 11am PT, LA Opera On Now will offer the digital premiere of "Lumee's Dream," which will be available free of charge through February 12. This new digital short is inspired by a pivotal scene in "p r i s m". CONTENT WARNING: "p r i s m" explores the psychological aftermath of a traumatic event, and the boundaries we erect to protect our hearts and minds. The subject matter is mature and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Discussions of violence and its aftermath begin at about 13 minutes into the conversation.
19/01/21·29m 34s

Opera Happy Hour: "Pop Culture and Opera - Friends or Foes"

Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master is actually a man of many talents: conductor, pianist, educator and mixologist? He is certainly the delightful host of LA Opera Connects' popular Opera Happy Hour web series. In this special audio edition of Opera Happy Hour, Jeremy explores how opera transcends space, time and cultural genres, while inviting everyone to take a sip and enjoy opera and your beverage of choice. Enjoy more Opera Happy Hour here: https://www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera-on-now/la-opera-on-now-all-events/category/opera-happy-hour
12/01/21·28m 0s

Opera's Romantic Nationalism: Wagner's Tannhäuser and Masculinity

Dr. Mitchell Morris, UCLA's Chair and Professor of Musicology, explores the intersections of Romantic Opera and nationalism in the context of Wagner's operas, as well as their resonances for today. This presentation was recorded live as a part of LA Opera Connects' professional development series for teachers, Opera for Educators, on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
29/12/20·45m 59s

James Conlon's Holiday Stars of Classical Music

Why have some "classical classics" become holiday tradition, and others have not? Join LA Opera's Music Director James Conlon as he encourages us to "have it all" by enjoying both the well-known stars of classical holiday music, as well as more obscure works in the cannon. Dive in with the Maestro to the traditional, seasonal works of Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio and The Nutcracker; and then explore two unsung stars: Liszt’s Christus and Berlioz’s L'Enfance du Christ.
22/12/20·31m 29s

History vs Opera: Tannhäuser

Dr. Muriel McClendon, Associate Professor for History at UCLA, and Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, continue their exploration into the historic fictions of opera, what they get right and wrong. More importantly they dig into what the opera reveals about the time in which it was created and how it relates to today. In this episode, Muriel and Jeremy are joined by Samuel B. Keeley, a postdoctoral researcher at Leibniz Institute for European History, to examine Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" and the German history surrounding it.
15/12/20·55m 40s

James Conlon on Tannhäuser and the Wagnerian Universe

Listen to LA Opera's Music Director James Conlon discussing the deepest meanings and broadest themes of Wagner's "Tannhäuser" through an exploration of literature, the opera's plot, and Wagner's exquisite music. This presentation was recorded for LA Opera Connects' professional development for teachers series, Opera for Educators, on Saturday, October 10, 2020. For more information on Opera for Educators visit our website: https://www.LAOpera.org/OperaForEducators
08/12/20·39m 39s

Building a More Diverse Repertoire: A Panel with Music

Musicologist and pianist Dr. Tiffany Kuo is joined by her Colburn Conservatory of Music students to explore how learning, performing, and living a fuller and broader world of classical music - with an emphasis on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) composers - enhances our musical lives.  In partnership with the Colburn Conservatory of Music, this discussion was recorded as a part of LA Opera Connects' Play-On salon: "Joseph Bologne and The Anonymous Lover" on Saturday, November 9, 2020. Musical excerpts have been edited for educational purposes. Colburn Conservatory of Music Students: Nicholas Arredondo Harrison Dearman Josh Elmore Gallia Kastner Alyssa Katahara Katie Liu Gerbrich Meijer Elizabeth Montero Justin Ochoa Max Opferkuch Ryan Turano Yu Kai Sun
24/11/20·34m 37s

James Conlon on The Anonymous Lover

LA Opera's Music Director, James Conlon, guides us through the musical moments of The Anonymous Lover (L'Amant Anonyme). This charming 1780 comic romance by pioneering Black composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges opens at LA Opera on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5pm (PT). The Anonymous Lover will be available to watch from Saturday, November 14, at 5pm (PT) through November 29 at 11:59pm (PT). Get your free ticket and more information here: https://www.laopera.org/performances/updated-2021-season/the-anonymous-lover/ This talk was recorded on Saturday, November 7, 2020 as a part of LA Opera Connects' Opera for Educators program.
13/11/20·46m 1s

History vs. Opera: The Anonymous Lover

In anticipation of LA Opera's production of The Anonymous Lover by Joseph Bologne, LA Opera is happy to present this conversation on History vs. Opera. This conversation was recorded on November 7, 2020, and features Muriel McClendon, Jennifer Palmer and Jeremy Frank. Muriel McClendon is Associate Professor of History at UCLA, where she teaches courses on medieval and early modern European History. Dr. McClendon is joined by Jennifer Palmer, a historian of early modern France and the Francophone world, teaching courses at the University of Georgia about Europe, the Atlantic world, women and gender, race, slavery and pirates. And they are joined by Jeremy Frank, Associate Chorus Master of LA Opera. Jeremy has worked on over 60 productions with the company and is also a part-time lecturer in opera and the vocal arts at USC. Please note: this conversation includes discussion of the historic slave trade between Europe and the Americas. The Anonymous Lover will be available to watch from Saturday, November 14, at 5pm through November 29 at 11:59pm (PT). Get your free ticket and more information here: https://www.laopera.org/performances/updated-2021-season/the-anonymous-lover/
11/11/20·47m 14s

Discover Joseph Bologne and The Anonymous Lover

Mysterious letters, secret admirers - The Anonymous Lover (L'Amant Anonyme)is a comedic delight but is rarely performed. So how did this charming opera, written by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges--a contemporary of Mozart and one of the first Black classical composers known to history, become neglected? Hear from director Bruce Lemon Jr., dramaturg Ariane Helou and bassoonist Andrew Brady about Bologne's fascinating life and learn what it takes to stage a multi-media, socially-distanced opera. The Anonymous Lover will be available to watch from Saturday, November 14, at 5pm through November 29 at 11:59pm (PST) - Get your free ticket and more information here: www.laopera.org/performances/upda…-anonymous-lover/
27/10/20·27m 41s

A Conversation with the Creators of Edge of a Dream: An Opera About Ada Lovelace

Some people have lives that simply cry out to be turned into books, movies, graphic novels, songs... maybe even operas. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852)—considered to be the "mother of computer science"—was one of them. This fall, Ada’s story will be told in operatic form in Edge of a Dream, a new work by composer Juhi Bansal and librettist Neil Aitken. It's LA Opera Connects’ newest Secondary In-School Opera, created to be rehearsed, assembled and performed online over a five-week period by students from ten local high schools.  As if that weren't cool enough, Ada Lovelace Day is today, October 13th. It is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M.), and we're joining in by releasing this conversation on Edge of a Dream with the creators (Bansal and Aitken) and the director, Eli Villanueva. Looking for more Ada content? You can read an interview with Bansal and Aiken about the project here: https://www.laopera.org/discover/la-opera-content/edge-of-a-dream/
13/10/20·31m 22s

Il Trovatore in Context with James Conlon

Verdi bent the rules and broke a few in the convention-pushing Il Trovatore.  LA Opera's Music Director James Conlon digs into this opera that he adores and helps to contextualize the work in its time and ours.  This discussion was recorded on Saturday, September 19, 2020 as a part of LA Opera Connects’ professional development series for teachers: Opera for Educators.
06/10/20·37m 19s

Dr. Naomi André on "Surviving Opera: Verdi’s Azucena from Il Trovatore

In this podcast discussing Il Trovatore, Dr. Naomi André explores - through letters between Giuseppe Verdi and librettist Salvadore Cammarano - the qualities of Azucena that make her one of the most complex characters in Verdi’s operas. Dr. André is a professor in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, Women’s studies, and the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on opera and issues surrounding gender, voice, and race in the US, Europe, and South Africa. This discussion was recorded on Saturday, September 19, 2020 as a part of LA Opera Connects’ professional development series for teachers: Opera for Educators. (https://www.laopera.org/operaforeducators)
29/09/20·36m 42s

History vs. Opera: Il Trovatore

Dr. Muriel McClendon, Associate Professor for History at UCLA, joins Jeremy Frank, LA Opera's Associate Chorus Master, as the two dive into the historic fictions of opera, what they get right and wrong. More importantly they dig into what the opera reveals about the time in which it was created and how it relates to today. This podcast series launches with Il Trovatore, in which we learn: if you do become monarch, take care of that line of succession!
15/09/20·30m 31s

Roundtable Conversation with LA Opera's Youth Leaders

What happens when you put three passionate, articulate teenage opera lovers in a Zoom room together - and can La Traviata stand up to it? Listen and find out as LA Opera youth leaders and super-fans Maurissa Dawson, Christopher Gutierrez, and Clemence Yi share insights for the novice and aficionado alike, discussing which operas are the best "starter" operas, what keeps them intrigued, and where they think the art form is headed.
01/09/20·33m 37s

Women Leading the Way In Opera - A Post-Performance Conversation

This conversation was recorded in front of a live audience following the February 8, 2020 performance of Eurydice, by Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl, and was part of the County-wide Eurydice Found festival. It features singers Danielle de Niese, Raehann Bryce-Davis and producer Beth Morrison being interviewed by musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano.
18/08/20·26m 13s

Director James Gray in Conversation with LA Opera's Christopher Koelsch

In this podcast, LA Opera's Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco President & CEO Christopher Koelsch speaks with writer and director James Gray. Mr. Gray was scheduled to have his LA Opera debut directing the production of The Marriage of Figaro, which was necessarily postponed due to COVID-19. Listen to this wide-ranging conversation, recorded in June 2020 from their respective homes, as the two discuss opera, cinema, literature and Mr. Gray's upcoming projects.
04/08/20·35m 33s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talks on The Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung (part four)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the fourth opera of Wagner's Ring cycle: Götterdämmerung during LA Opera’s pre-performance lecture in June 2010. Maestro Conlon goes in depth on Götterdämmerung's characters, plot line, and musical themes. Listen to all four talks in preparation of LAO At Home's audio stream of Wagner's epic four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's extraordinary first complete presentation in 2010, the Ring cycle will be featured in a marathon back-to-back audio stream of all four operas in one day, beginning at 8am PDT on July 25, 2020. (https://www.laopera.org/ring) Das Rheingold(www.laopera.org/podcasts) Die Walküre(www.laopera.org/podcasts) Siegfried(www.laopera.org/podcasts)
23/07/20·42m 44s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talks on The Ring Cycle: Siegfried (part three)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the third opera of Wagner's Ring cycle: Siegfried during LA Opera’s pre-performance lecture in June 2010. Maestro Conlon goes in depth on characters, plot line, and musical themes in Siegfried. Listen to all four talks in preparation of LAO At Home's audio stream of Wagner's epic four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's extraordinary first complete presentation in 2010, the Ring cycle will be featured in a marathon back-to-back audio stream of all four operas in one day, beginning at 8am PDT on July 25, 2020 (www.laopera.org/ring/) Das Rheingold(www.laopera.org/podcasts) Die Walküre (www.laopera.org/podcasts) Götterdämmerung (coming July 23)
21/07/20·44m 41s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talks on The Ring Cycle: Die Walküre (part two)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the second opera of Wagner's Ring cycle: Die Walküre during LA Opera’s pre-performance lecture in June 2010. Maestro Conlon goes in depth on Die Walküre's characters, plot line, and musical themes. Listen to all four talks in preparation of LAO At Home's audio stream of Wagner's epic four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's extraordinary first complete presentation in 2010, the Ring cycle will be featured in a marathon back-to-back audio stream of all four operas in one day, beginning at 8am PDT on July 25, 2020 (https://www.laopera.org/ring/) Das Rheingold(www.laopera.org/podcasts) Siegfried (coming July 21) Götterdämmerung (coming July 23)
10/07/20·43m 1s

James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talks on The Ring Cycle: Das Rheinhold (part one)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the first opera of Wagner's Ring cycle: Das Rheingold during LA Opera’s pre-performance lecture in June 2010. Maestro Conlon goes in depth on Das Rheingold's characters, plot line, and musical themes. Listen to all four talks in preparation of LAO At Home's audio stream of Wagner's epic four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen, conducted by Music Director James Conlon. Commemorating the ten-year anniversary of the company's extraordinary first complete presentation in 2010, the Ring cycle will be featured in a marathon back-to-back audio stream of all four operas in one day, beginning at 8am PDT on July 25, 2020 (https://www.laopera.org/ring/) Die Walküre (https://www.laopera.org/podcasts) Siegfried (coming July 21) Götterdämmerung (coming July 23)
10/07/20·42m 33s

James Conlon at Home: Reflections on the Ring

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon sets the stage for the upcoming audio-stream of Richard Wagner's epic, four-part Ring cycle (Der Ring des Nibelungen) by reflecting on the philosophy of the German-language music drama. Commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the company's first complete presentation, the Ring cycle will be featured in a marathon, back-to-back audio stream of all four operas on Saturday, July 25. (Visit https://www.LAOpera.org/LAOatHome for more information.)
30/06/20·38m 23s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Ghosts of Versailles (part two)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he concludes his exploration of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this episode, Maestro Conlon continues sharing the real-life stories of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that may have influenced the story of The Guilty Mother and the music in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: www.LAOpera.org/podcasts
16/06/20·29m 27s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Ghosts of Versailles (part one)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he continues his exploration of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this episode, Maestro Conlon shares the real-life stories of Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais that may have influenced the story of The Guilty Mother and the music in John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: www.LAOpera.org/podcasts
09/06/20·29m 19s

Mezzo-Soprano Kate Lindsey in Conversation with LA Opera's Christopher Koelsch

In this podcast, LA Opera's Sebastian Paul & Marybelle Musco President & CEO Christopher Koelsch speaks with renowned mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey. Ms. Lindsey was scheduled to appear as Mélisande in LA Opera's production of Pelléas and Mélisande, but it was necessarily cancelled due to COVID-19. Listen to this wide-ranging conversation, recorded in early May from their respective homes, as the two discuss several of her spell-binding performances, how she prepares and what might be on the horizon.
26/05/20·41m 14s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Marriage of Figaro (part three)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this third episode, Maestro Conlon continues his exploration of class struggle and the battle of the sexes that plays out in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: www.LAOpera.org/podcasts
19/05/20·40m 16s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Marriage of Figaro (part two)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this second episode, join Maestro Conlon continues his exploration of class struggle and the battle of the sexes that plays out in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: www.LAOpera.org/podcasts
13/05/20·28m 33s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Marriage of Figaro (part one)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this episode, join Maestro Conlon as he explores class struggle and the battle of the sexes that plays out in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: https://bit.ly/2YAUlpZ
05/05/20·34m 55s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Barber of Seville (part two)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this second episode of the series, Conlon continues his exploration and comparison of Rossini and Paisiello's different settings of The Barber of Seville. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: https://bit.ly/2VKSrkZ
28/04/20·34m 55s

James Conlon at Home: Figaro Unveiled - The Barber of Seville (part one)

Join LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon as he delves into the history of French playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, his beloved character Figaro, and the renowned operas that sprang from his plays (The Barber of Seville, The Marriage of Figaro and The Guilty Mother). In this first episode of the series, Conlon begins his exploration by taking us on a journey into Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville. Visit LA Opera's podcast page for more related content: https://bit.ly/2RWcfiY
21/04/20·36m 18s

James Conlon at Home: Opera and Catharsis

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, considers the important aspects of how music and opera enhance our very being – especially in difficult times. Join him from his home, as he explores how operatic selections from Verdi, Mozart, Wagner and more, can inspire, heal, console, distract and entertain. www.LAOpera.org/podcasts
14/04/20·52m 12s

James Conlon at Home: Debussy and Wagner (Part Two)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the connections between composers Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner, and their operas "Pelléas & Mélisande" and "Tristan and Isolde," respectively. Join him from his home, as he delves into the music and universal mythological themes of these important composers' work. (Part Two of a two-part series.)
07/04/20·25m 41s

James Conlon at Home: Debussy and Wagner (Part One)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, explores the connections between composers Claude Debussy and Richard Wagner, and their operas "Pelléas & Mélisande" and "Tristan and Isolde," respectively. Join him from his home, as he delves into the music and universal mythological themes of these important composers' work. (Part One of a two-part series.)
31/03/20·33m 3s

Dr. Beatriz Ilari Speaks On Music and Early Child Development: Research Into Practice

As part of LA Opera Connects' Opera for Educators day on March 21, we focused on inspiring research and creative methods for teachers and parents to share opera with children. Dr. Beatriz Ilari Associate Professor for Music Teaching and Learning at USC, discussed music and early child development research, and ideas that you can easily implement at home. Follow along with Dr. Ilari's PowerPoint from the session here: https://bit.ly/33GBg6v Over the next several months, LA Opera will continue to share resources, free lesson plans and strategies on our website: www.LAOpera.org LA Opera’s Professional Development for Teachers is made possible in part by a grant from the Zolla Family Foundation, in memory of Edward M. Zolla.
24/03/20·32m 20s

James Conlon on Debussy's Pelléas & Mélisande (Part Three)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, delves deeply into Debussy's "Pelléas & Mélisande" - one of his desert island favorites. Join him as he delves into the gorgeous music and mystery of this beloved work. (Part Three of a three-part series.)
18/03/20·23m 10s

James Conlon on Debussy's Pelléas & Mélisande (Part Two)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, delves deeply into Debussy's "Pelléas & Mélisande" - one of his desert island favorites. Join him as he delves into the gorgeous music and mystery of this beloved work. (Part Two of a three-part series.)
18/03/20·33m 45s

James Conlon on Debussy's Pelléas & Mélisande (Part One)

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon, delves deeply into Debussy's "Pelléas & Mélisande" - one of his desert island favorites. Join him as he delves into the gorgeous music and mystery of this beloved work. (Part One of a three-part series.)
18/03/20·38m 17s

Behind the Curtain: A Post-Performance Talk with Ramón Vargas

In this special Spanish language edition of Behind the Curtain, world-renowned tenor Ramón Vargas joins LA Opera Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Gabriela Flores for a lively conversation about his career, his artistry, and developing the human elements of the characters he portrays on the stage.
10/03/20·27m 14s

All About "Roberto Devereux": A Pre-Performance Talk with Duff Murphy

Opera scholar and enthusiast Duff Murphy discusses the inspiration behind Gaetano Donizetti’s opera Roberto Devereux, as well as Queen Elizabeth I’s role as a romanticized historical figure, in his pre-performance talk on February 22, 2020. More information on LA Opera's production of Roberto Devereux: www.LAOpera.org/Devereux
25/02/20·44m 5s

Getting to Know Donizetti with Dana Gioia

Dana Gioia, former poet laureate of California, explores the life and struggles of Gaetano Donizetti, composer of LA Opera's upcoming production of "Roberto Devereux". The so-called “underrated” composer produced almost 70 operas before he died at the age of 50. In his short life, Donizetti changed the future of opera by defining the bel canto style and the role of the diva. For more information on LA Opera's Roberto Devereux visit: https://www.laopera.org/devereux
18/02/20·20m 37s

The Musical World of Eurydice: A Pre-Performance Talk with Matthew Aucoin

Composer of Eurydice, Matthew Aucoin, takes us on a creative journey behind the musical themes of his newest opera. Recorded live on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
12/02/20·27m 28s

Designing Eurydice: A Conversation with Ana Kuzmanić & Daniel Ostling

Shortly before the final dress rehearsal for "Eurydice" on January 29, 2020, scenic designer Daniel Ostling and costume designer Ana Kuzmanić sat down for a conversation with LA Opera Connects Vice President Stacy Brightman and an audience of excited students and teachers.
07/02/20·38m 21s

All About Eurydice: A Pre-Performance Talk with Matthew Aucoin, Sarah Ruhl and Joshua Winograde

LA Opera's Artist in Residence and composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright Sarah Ruhl speak on their opera "Eurydice" with LA Opera's Joshua Winograde (Senior Director of Artistic Programs) during the pre-show talk prior to the opera's world premiere on February 1, 2020. More information on Eurydice: https://www.laopera.org/performances/201920-season/eurydice/
05/02/20·27m 1s

Building an Opera: A Conversation with the Creators of Eurydice

How do you give birth to an opera? This conversation between the creators of the world-premiere opera Eurydice - Matthew Aucoin (composer) and Sarah Ruhl (librettist) - reveals the process, the inspirations and the hurdles. Soprano Danielle de Niese, who is originating the role of Eurydice, joins the conversation along with LA Opera's President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. Eurydice makes is premiere at LA Opera on Saturday, February 1, 2020. More information: www.LAOpera.org/Eurydice
14/01/20·47m 32s

Eurydice Found: Getty Villa Associate Curator Mary Louise Hart in conversation with Brian Lauritzen

In anticipation of the world premiere of "Eurydice", Mary Louise Hart, Associate Curator of Antiquities for the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Villa, together with Brian Lauritzen, discusses ancient theatre, myth and how the story of Orpheus and Eurydice continues to fascinate us, in a conversation recorded earlier this fall. More information about "Eurydice": www.laopera.org/eurydice
31/12/19·26m 36s

LA Opera History Embodied: Baritone Rod Gilfrey in conversation with Christopher Koelsch

Listen in on this intimate and in-depth conversation between President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and Grammy-nominated baritone - and LA Opera's own - Rod Gilfry about his 34 year performance career. They discuss his diverse pallet of roles and musical styles, his deep history with LA Opera, as well as his role in Matthew Aucoin’s new opera "Eurydice", premiering at LA Opera on February 1, 2020. More information about "Eurydice": https://www.laopera.org/eurydice
17/12/19·43m 45s

Style and Status: Dr. Mitchell Morris on Music’s Social Roles in "The Magic Flute"

What is an opera seria character doing in a fairy tale opera? How does Mozart’s use of musical form demonstrate how we are supposed understand the characters? Dr. Mitchell Morris, UCLA Professor of Musicology, answers these questions and more, cracking open our understanding of "The Magic Flute" through a detailed discussion of the composer's use of music and poetic forms. Recorded live at LA Opera Connects' Opera for Educators class on "The Magic Flute" (Saturday, October 26, 2019).
03/12/19·55m 37s

We All Look to the Stars: Composer Juhi Bansal & Brian Lauritzen in Conversation

Composer Juhi Bansal and Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen discuss Bansal’s new work, “We All Look to the Stars”, commissioned by LA Opera for the upcoming Eurydice Found festival. This new work draws on myths, legends and writings from different cultures, and - inspired by the constellation Lyra - the piece is a musical celebration of the wonders of the night sky. Across history, culture, time and space—every division and divide among us—we all look at the same stars. Bringing together professional musicians, students and faculty from Pasadena City College, CalTech and the local community at The Huntington Library, “We All Look to the Stars” will be performed on Thursday, February 13th at The Huntington in San Marino. More information: Eurydice Found festival – www.LAOpera.org/EurydiceFound Juhi Bansal – www.juhibansal.com
21/11/19·28m 43s

All About The Magic Flute: A Pre-Performance Talk with James Conlon

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's opening performance on November 16, 2019.
20/11/19·44m 36s

"The Magic Flute" Scene-By-Scene by Frederick Ballentine

Frederick Ballentine, who plays the role of Monostatos in LA Opera’s production of “The Magic Flute," takes us through a scene-by-scene telling of the story. Follow along as Mozart’s dazzling celebration of love conquering all transports you into an enchanted world where good battles the forces of darkness. More information on LA Opera’s production can be found here: https://www.laopera.org/performances/201920-season/the-magic-flute/
11/11/19·5m 38s

Making Opera Magical: Grant Gershon and Brian Lauritzen on The Magic Flute

Listen in as LA Opera’s Resident Conductor Grant Gershon and Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen talk about Gershon’s history with LA Opera, his journey of becoming a conductor and upcoming performances of LA Opera’s production of "The Magic Flute". Gershon cracks open his experience with the challenges and excitement behind performing with animated scenes and characters, as well as the themes and entertainment value in this fantastical production. For more information on "The Magic Flute", visit LA Opera's website: www.LAOpera.org.
05/11/19·31m 45s

Igniting Imagination: Opera and the Stars with Dr. Ed Krupp and Brian Lauritzen

Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen chats with Dr. Ed Krupp, an astronomer, researcher, author and the director of the Griffith Observatory since 1974. Dr. Krupp will be presenting on the intersection of astronomy and opera immediately following the February 16, 2020 performance of LA Opera’s Eurydice, as a part of the Company’s “Eurydice Found” festival. Their conversation in this podcast centers on those themes as well and took place at the Observatory shortly after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing. For more information about the “Eurydice Found” festival, visit www.LAOpera.org/community.
22/10/19·23m 40s

All About "The Light in the Piazza": A Conversation with Grant Gershon and Gail Eichenthal

Listen-in on two superfans of Adam Guettel's "The Light in the Piazza" - LA Opera's Resident Conductor Grant Gershon and Classical KUSC's Gail Eichenthal - dish about composer Adam Guettel and his beautiful show.
17/10/19·26m 38s

"The Light in the Piazza" Scene-By-Scene by Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell, who plays the role of Signor Naccarelli in LA Opera’s production of “The Light in the Piazza," takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the show. Follow along as American Margaret Johnson and her daughter Clara take in the wonder and awe of Florence during the summer of 1953. A fateful gust of wind whisks Clara’s hat into the hand of a local dreamer...and it's love at first sight. But Clara isn’t quite what she appears, and soon they must all confront a secret kept in the shadows for far too long. More info on LA Opera's production: https://www.laopera.org/performances/201920-season/the-light-in-the-piazza/
09/10/19·7m 8s

Behind the Curtain presents a conversation from "Hook, Push and Pray"

This episode of Behind the Curtain features a panel conversation produced and hosted by bass-baritone Nicholas Brownlee. Nick sings Colline in LA Opera’s current production of "La Bohème," and his career is taking off and taking him around the world. Including making his recent debut at the Metropolitan Opera. He also hosts a great, insiders' opera podcast called “Hook, Push, & Pray.” On September 17, Nick sat down with LA Opera’s Sebastian Paul and Marybell Musco President and CEO Christopher Koelsch, Senior Director for Artistic Programs Joshua Winograde, and renowned director Paul Curran, head of dramatic instruction for LA Opera’s young artists, in a wide and sometime wild conversation that includes some adult language. Thanks to Nick for letting us share the conversation and his podcast with you. If you would like to hear more of “Hook, Push & Pray,” visit his website: https://www.hookpushpray.com.
04/10/19·45m 22s

Dr Mitchell Morris: La Bohème‎, lyricism and the need for Art

La Bohème is a opera length love song to art, following your passion and creating a space for artists in an unforgiving world. Dr. Mitchell Morris, Professor of Musicology at UCLA, discusses the impact of French society and the cultural power of aristocracy on the origin of La Bohème‎, the artistic values and characteristics behind La Bohème‎, and guides us through an aural analysis of the music itself.
24/09/19·49m 4s

Why La Bohème is a Perennial

Love, life, laughter(and of course, that glorious music) make La Bohème an all time favorite opera. Maestro James Conlon discusses the mastery of Puccini, Murger, and the new-to-LA production of Barrie Kosky's La Bohème in this Opera for Educators session recording. Learn what makes the music, characters, and story so memorable and everlasting, no matter what the setting.
17/09/19·34m 12s

"La Bohème" Scene-By-Scene by Marina Costa-Jackson

Marina Costa-Jackson, who plays the role of Mimì in LA Opera’s production of “La Bohème," takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the opera. Follow the triumphs and toils of a band of struggling young artists as they search for love, life and laughter against impossible odds. More info on LA Opera's production: https://www.laopera.org/performances/201920-season/la-boheme/
12/09/19·5m 33s

Identity and Possibility of La Bohème and Opera

Andrea Fuentes, Associate Director of Programming, talks with Dr. Shana L Redmond, Professor of Musicology and African American Studies at UCLA, to discuss how Puccini’s La Bohème lends itself to be adapted to contemporary audiences through its timeless themes of love and sociopolitical change.
30/08/19·35m 44s

All About La Bohème: A Talk with Duff Murphy

Discover the untold history of how one of Puccini’s greatest operas, La Bohème, came to fruition. Through Puccini’s unique compositional style and creative synopsis, KUSC Opera Show host Duff Murphy discusses in a 2016 pre-show opera-talk how La Bohème captures the effervescent human experience of romance.
23/08/19·47m 48s

Opera Camp: Social Justice through Youth

A discussion about the ways students find they are able to make art, make friends, and make the world a better place through Opera Camp. LA Opera’s Youth Opera Camp invites students from all over Los Angeles to rehearse and perform an opera. Thanks to partners such as the LA Museum of the Holocaust and the LA Watts Labor Action Committee students also explore the social justice histories and themes that have inspired the operas being performed.
30/07/19·37m 24s

Indre Viskontas: The Science of Music's Effect on The Brain

Indre Viskontas, neuroscientist and operatic soprano, discusses the relationship between music and the brain.
17/07/19·46m 51s

Opera as Public Relations Influencer: The Clemency of Titus and Political Agency

What do you do when you're angry? Yell, stomp around, or nobly forgive your enemy? (Wait, what?) Explore the ideas of public relations and political messaging in Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus with Dr. Holley Replogle-Wong.
02/07/19·40m 10s

Behind the Curtain: Dr Mitchell Morris - The Romantic Disease

The scene is set for a romantic tale, complete with candlelight, music and...coughing? Musicologist and author, Dr. Mitchell Morris, discusses the way composer Giuseppe Verdi and his audiences would have thought about tuberculosis and how those ideas manifest in La Traviata.
19/06/19·46m 35s

Behind The Curtain: Gerardo Kleinburg discusses "La Traviata"

Gerardo Kleinburg, former director of the National Opera of Mexico and renowned music critic, discusses the life of Giuseppe Verdi, his affinity for the work of William Shakespeare, and how the boldness of La Traviata transformed opera. LA Opera would like to thank the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and Descarga Cultura UNAM.
12/06/19·51m 4s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "La Traviata"

Music Director, James Conlon, explores the two main themes of La Traviata during LA Opera’s pre-performance lecture on June 1, 2019. Maestro Conlon goes in depth with La Traviata’s history, plot line, and musical themes.
04/06/19·44m 32s

"La Traviata" Scene-By-Scene with Peabody Southwell

Ms. Southwell, who plays the role of Flora in LA Opera’s production of “La Traviata,” takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the opera. In it, we learn that high-flying Violetta, performed by Adela Zaharia, fills her nights with crazy parties and her days with rich admirers who reward her with anything she wants. Enter a nice man declaring his true love for her, Violetta must face a heart-breaking sacrifice, one that will surely doom her last chance at happiness.
28/05/19·5m 42s

Behind the Curtain: Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin on "Eurydice"

Composer and 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Matthew Aucoin takes us deep behind the scenes to describe the “birth” of his opera, Eurydice, which will premiere on February 1, 2020 at LA Opera. Matthew describes the work’s origins, his process and even shares a musical sneak peek.
21/05/19·49m 37s

El Reparto de "El Gato Montés": Una Charla Post-Show en Español

Ana María Martínez y Arturo Chacón-Cruz, quienes interpretan a Soleá y Rafael en nuestra producción de "El Gato Montés", se reúnen con el director musical Jordi Bernàcer para una charla post-show (en Español) facilitada por el crítico Gerardo Kleinburg el miércoles 8 de Mayo 2019. Ana María Martínez and Arturo Chacon-Cruz, who play Soleá and Raphael in our production of "El Gato Montés: The Wildcat", sit down with conductor Jordi Bernàcer for a special post- performance conversation (in Spanish) facilitated by critic Gerardo Kleinburg on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
16/05/19·22m 47s

Conductor Jordi Bernàcer & Duff Murphy’s Pre-Show Talk on "El Gato Montés: The Wildcat"

Spanish conductor Jordi Bernàcer and opera super-fan Duff Murphy discuss Manuel Penella's "El Gato Montés: The Wildcat" during a pre-show conversation prior to LA Opera's performance on May 11, 2019. Want more info on LA Opera's production of "El Gato Montés: The Wildcat"? Visit our website: www.LAOpera.org
14/05/19·40m 42s

Gerardo Kleinburg's Pre-Performance Talk on "El Gato Montés"

Renown Mexican music critic Gerardo Kleinburg explores Manuel Penella's "El Gato Montés" ("The Wildcat") during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's opening performance on May 3, 2019.
07/05/19·40m 41s

"El Gato Montés", escena por escena de Ana María Martínez

Ana María Martínez, quien interpreta el papel de Soleá en la producción de "El Gato Montés" de Los Ángeles, nos lleva a través de una descripción escena por escena de la ópera. Esta ópera presenta un triángulo amoroso, un torero, un bandido y una mujer hermosa (por supuesto). La ópera está llena de pasión, música preciosa y coreografía, y es considerada una de las mejores obras maestras del teatro lírico español. De hecho, esta producción que es nueva para Los Ángeles, viene directamente de Madrid y es interpretada en español.
02/05/19·6m 17s

"El Gato Montés" Scene-By-Scene by Ana María Martínez

Ana María Martínez, who plays the role of Soleá in LA Opera’s production of “El Gato Montés" (“The Wildcat”), takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the opera. It has a love triangle, a bullfighter, a mountain dwelling bandit, and a beautiful woman (of course). The opera weaves a quintessentially Spanish tale with all the passion, beautiful music, and choreography you'd expect. Never heard of it? You're in for a treat because it's considered one of the greatest masterpieces of the Spanish lyrical theater. More info on LA Opera's production: https://www.laopera.org/performances/season-2018-19/el-gato-montes-the-wildcat/
02/05/19·5m 44s

Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists Liv Redpath & Michael Hawk with Joshua Winograde

Ever wanted to know how our Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists became participants in this renowned program? Joshua Winograde, LA Opera’s Senior Director of Artistic Programs, sits down with two of these talented folks for this week's podcast: soprano Liv Redpath and baritone Michael Hawk. The trio discuss their artistic journeys, the incredible family support they both had and continue to have, the impact their time in the program has had on their artistry and careers, and their dream roles. More information on the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program: https://www.laopera.org/company/yap/
23/04/19·34m 30s

Behind the Curtain: Soprano Ana Maria Martinez with Christopher Koelsch

For over two decades soprano Ana Maria Martinez has been featured on LA Opera’s stage. Back in the fall, when she was in Los Angeles for “Don Carlo”, Ana Maria and President & CEO Christopher Koelsch sat down for a chat in front of a live audience. Listen in as the two have an open and genuine conversation ranging from her thoughts about her thriving career, advice for young singers, the inspiration and influence her mother and her father gave her, and being the proud mom of a middle schooler.
09/04/19·43m 42s

Behind the Curtain: Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin & Writer Megan Amram

Thanks to our friends at the Hammer Museum, we are able to share this fun and freewheeling conversation between composer, conductor, pianist, and writer Matthew Aucoin and comedy writer and performer Megan Amram. Best known for his operas, Aucoin is LA Opera’s first artist-in-residence and has been commissioned by the Company as well as the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and NPR's This American Life. Amram currently works on “The Good Place” and has written for the series “Transparent”, “Silicon Valley”, “Parks and Recreation”, and “The Simpsons”, as well as for publications such as the New Yorker and McSweeney’s. This event on March 21, 2019 was a co-presentation between the Hammer and LA Opera. Watch video of the conversation here: https://livestream.com/accounts/5045103/events/8520463/videos/189015021
26/03/19·1h 11m

Behind the Curtain: "Moses" Creators Henry Mollicone & Shishir Kurup

Listen in as Vice President of Education and Community Engagement Stacy Brightman chats with Composer Henry Mollicone and Librettist Shishir Kurup on the creation of LA Opera’s Community Opera: “Moses”. “Moses” has its world premiere at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown LA on March 22 and 23, 2019. Henry and Shishir talk with Stacy about how they each first came to opera, the development of this special work (an opera for professionals and community members to perform together?!), and their hopes for the piece. Want more information on “Moses”? Visit LAOpera.org/Moses.
19/03/19·28m 39s

Behind the Curtain: Actor and Opera Director Christoph Waltz with James Conlon

Music Director James Conlon and opera super-fan, actor and opera stage director Christoph Waltz chat about Waltz’s relationship to opera (saw his first opera at 10 in Vienna), his experience directing opera, and his inspiring ideas about securing the future of opera. Recorded after the March 10, 2019 performance of "The Clemency of Titus".
12/03/19·29m 8s

Behind the Curtain: Director & Designer Thaddeus Strassberger with Christopher Koelsch

Listen in on a fascinating conversation between Thaddeus Strassberger - stage director and scenic designer for our production of “The Clemency of Titus” – and President and CEO Christopher Koelsch. They discuss Mr. Strassberger’s general philosophy as a director and designer, as well as how this brand-new production (a "feast for the eyes" says the LA Times) - came to be.
08/03/19·33m 46s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "The Clemency of Titus"

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Clemency of Titus" during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's opening performance on March 2, 2019.
05/03/19·44m 14s

BONUS Behind the Curtain: "The Clemency of Titus" Scene-By-Scene

Thaddeus Strassberger, stage director and scenic designer for LA Opera’s production of “The Clemency of Titus,” takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the opera. In Mozart’s final masterpiece, the most powerful civilization in the world falls vulnerable to the machinations of power players seeking glory. In a drama marked by shifting layers of morality and loyalty, Mozart’s unmistakable love for humanity shines through in his glorious and endlessly inventive music.
28/02/19·10m 55s

Behind the Curtain: Tenor Russell Thomas with Christopher Koelsch

There's no room for mistakes with Mozart's music. Renowned tenor Russell Thomas talks with LAO President and CEO Christopher Koelsch about the joy and challenges of singing the composer’s music and specifically the role of Titus in our upcoming production of Mozart’s "The Clemency of Titus". The two also discuss his process of preparing a role, his ideal rehearsal environment, and the complicated dance of crafting his performance schedule.
26/02/19·35m 12s

From the Vaults: Renowned Opera Artist Maria Ewing and UCLA's Michael Hackett

LA Opera is proud to share this special conversation recorded on November 9, 2015 between renowned opera artist Maria Ewing and Michael Hackett of UCLA. Throughout her remarkable career, Ms. Ewing has astonished audiences with her searing performances in both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. As one of the early leading artists at LA Opera, she spoke with Dr. Hackett as part of LA Opera’s oral history project to discuss her career, roles and a life in opera.
12/02/19·52m 8s

Behind the Curtain: LA Opera’s 2019/20 Season with Christopher Koelsch and Gail Eichenthal

Special Edition! LA Opera announced it’s 2019/20 season today (we are so excited to share it with you, we couldn't wait until Tuesday). In this podcast, Christopher Koelsch - LA Opera’s President and CEO - sits down with Classical KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal to preview the upcoming operas and concerts.
27/01/19·1h 5m

Behind the Curtain: LA Opera’s Joshua Winograde with Head of Vocal Instruction Stephen King

Joshua Winograde, LA Opera’s Senior Director of Artistic Programs, sits down with Dr. Stephen King, Head of Vocal Instruction for the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, to discuss his career teaching young opera singers on the verge of a major career, in both Los Angeles and Houston (attention aspiring opera singers).
15/01/19·27m 9s

From the Vaults: Composer Philip Glass with LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin

On December 2, 2018, The Kennedy Center held its 41st annual national celebration of the arts — The Kennedy Center Honors. Celebrated composer Philip Glass was one of the honorees. In honor of Philip Glass’ recognition by The Kennedy Center and the broadcast of the awards last week (December 26), this "From the Vault" episode features LA Opera's Artist-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin in conversation with Glass prior to the November 17, 2016 performance of his opera “Akhnaten”, which was conducted by Aucoin.
01/01/19·46m 13s

Behind the Curtain: Composer David Lang with Brian Lauritzen

Composer David Lang sits down with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen to discuss his opera “the loser”, which will be presented with LA Opera in February 2019 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. They talk about “solving musical problems”, what draws him to compose, and how opera in the 21st century is a lot like experimental theater.
18/12/18·35m 10s

Behind the Curtain: Wagner for Kids? On Humperdinck's Fairy-Tale Style with UCLA’S Mitchell Morris

On November 3, 2018, UCLA Professor of Musicology Mitchell Morris spoke on "Hansel and Gretel" to a group of educators. Dr. Morris answers the question, is “Hansel and Gretel” Wagner for kids? Some adult themes are briefly discussed in this podcast.
11/12/18·45m 40s

Behind the Curtain: Susan Graham, The Witch in “Hansel and Gretel,” with Brian Lauritzen

Artistic Adviser to LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program and opera superstar Susan Graham sits down with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in a conversation about her role debut as The Witch in LA Opera’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” and how she approaches learning new parts.
04/12/18·15m 7s

Behind the Curtain: "p r i s m" Composer Ellen Reid with Brian Lauritzen

Composer Ellen Reid sits down with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen to discuss her opera “p r i s m”, which premieres with LA Opera on November 29, 2018 at REDCAT. The opera is about the boundaries we create to around ourselves to separate us from our own darkness or trauma, and the lengths we go through to keep those boundaries up. CONTENT WARNING: This podcast and the opera contain information about assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors.
27/11/18·29m 38s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "Hansel and Gretel"

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon explores Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel" during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's opening performance on November 17, 2018.
20/11/18·43m 20s

Behind the Curtain: Opera Producer Beth Morrison with Brian Lauritzen

Opera producer Beth Morrison sits down with Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in a conversation covering what led Morrison to create her company, Beth Morrison Projects; the BMP productions LA Opera is presenting this season; how BMP and LA Opera formed their artistic partnership; and the relationship between new work and the standard opera repertoire.
13/11/18·37m 22s

Behind the Curtain: "Vampyr" Composer Joby Talbot with Brian Lauritzen

Composer Joby Talbot and Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen talk about the many different compositional hats Talbot wears, writing operas, ballets, concert music and film scores. Just in time for Halloween, they discuss Talbot’s current project commissioned by LA Opera for the Off-Grand series: a new score for the 1931 German film “Vampyr” performed at the Theatre at Ace Hotel.
30/10/18·45m 42s

BONUS Behind the Curtain: Dr. Vinay Lal on Gandhi, Satyagraha, & the History of Global Nonviolence

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Dr. Vinay Lal, UCLA Professor of History and Asian American Studies, spoke as a part of LA Opera’s Opera for Educators professional development for teachers on Philip Glass’ “Satyagraha”. Dr. Lal’s presentation covered a brief overview of Gandhi’s life, the birth of satyagraha (the movement), the philosophical foundations of satyagraha and the idea of nonviolence, the “portability” of Gandhi, and the history of global nonviolence.
26/10/18·52m 46s

Behind the Curtain: Duff Murphy's Pre-Performance Talk on "Satyagraha"

Classical KUSC's Duff Murphy unpacks Philip Glass' "Satyagraha" during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's opening night performance on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
23/10/18·51m 57s

BONUS: Satyagraha Scene-By-Scene

Sean Panikkar, who plays the role of Gandhi in LA Opera’s production of Satyagraha, takes us through a scene-by-scene description of the opera. Satyagraha focuses on the years Gandhi spent in South Africa from 1893 to 1914. The opera unfolds thematically rather than chronologically, in depicting the development of Gandhi’s philosophy of satyagraha, and is sung in Sanskrit.
19/10/18·6m 40s

Behind the Curtain: Bass Morris Robinson with Brian Lauritzen

Bass Morris Robinson, who takes on the role of Parsi Rustomji in LA Opera's upcoming production of “Satyagraha”, sits down with Classical KUSC's Brain Lauritzen. One of the most sought after basses performing today, Morris discusses his journey from playing college football to leaving a good corporate job for a career in opera.
16/10/18·36m 14s

BONUS Behind the Curtain: Verdi, Schiller and Wars of Liberation

Recorded following the October 7, 2018 performance of "Don Carlo", LA Opera Music Director James Conlon and Dr. Jeffery High, CSULB professor and renowned Friedrich Schiller expert, dive deeply into the connection between Schiller’s German play "Don Karlos", Verdi’s grand opera "Don Carlo", and the fascinating history which inspired them both.
11/10/18·32m 2s

Behind the Curtain: retired Major Nick Seidel in conversation with Brian Lauritzen

Join Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in conversation with retired Major Nick Seidel, a childhood friend of composer David T. Little and one of the inspirations behind his opera "Soldier Songs".
02/10/18·26m 25s

Behind the Curtain: David T. Little on "Soldier Songs" with Brian Lauritzen

Composer David T. Little sits down with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen for a conversation about his opera "Soldier Songs", which will be presented October 13 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood as a part of the Off Grand series. They discuss the opera and the role that arts organizations can play in welcoming home veterans after active duty.
02/10/18·39m 14s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "Don Carlo"

LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon delves deep into Verdi's "Don Carlo" during his pre-show talk prior to LA Opera's 2018/19 season opening performance on September 22, 2018.
25/09/18·46m 22s

Behind the Curtain: President & CEO Christopher Koelsch on the 2018/19 Season with Brian Lauritzen

LA Opera's President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discuss the operas that comprise the 2018/19 season, both productions on the mainstage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and “Off-Grand” at venues such as the Theater at Ace Hotel and the Ford Theatre. Mr. Koelsch also talks about his vision for the Company, and how he and the team at LA Opera work to make opera accessible to as many people as possible.
11/09/18·44m 26s

Behind the Curtain: Resident Conductor Grant Gershon with Brian Lauritzen

LA Opera's Resident Conductor Grant Gershon and Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discuss the upcoming production of Philip Glass's "Satyagraha", which Gershon will conduct in October/November. The conversation begins with Gershon talking about his long history with LA Opera.
04/09/18·31m 54s

Behind the Curtain: Opera Superstar Susan Graham with Brian Lauritzen

Opera superstar Susan Graham and Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discuss her role as LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program's Artistic Adviser, as well as her own experiences as a young artist and some key moments from the beginning of her career.
23/08/18·37m 26s

From the Vaults: Dana Gioia on Walt Whitman and Opera

In May 2018, internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and current poet laureate of California, Dana Gioia, discussed one of his heroes, Walt Whitman, Whitman's great love of opera, and how that influenced his work.
07/08/18·1h 7m

Behind the Curtain: Brian Lauritzen Showcases Opera Camp

Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen has a conversation about LA Opera's youth Opera Camp with composer/director Eli Villanueva; the Autry Museum's Director of Education and Visitor Engagement, Erik Greenburg; and LA Opera's Vice President for Education and Community Engagement, Stacy Brightman.
24/07/18·33m 21s

From the Vaults: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "Candide"

This week in July 1966, "Candide" had its North American premiere in Los Angeles with the Center Theatre Group on campus at UCLA. In this "From the Vault" episode, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon gives his pre-show talk on Bernstein's "Candide" prior to the January 27, 2018 performance.
10/07/18·46m 22s

From the Vaults: Duff Murphy’s Pre-Performance Talk on "Pearl Fishers"

Duff Murphy of Classical KUSC gives his pre-show talk on Bizet's "Pearl Fishers" prior to the October 7, 2017 performance.
26/06/18·49m 14s

From the Vaults: James Conlon's Pre-Performance Talk on "Carmen"

James Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, gives his pre-pre-show talk on Bizet's "Carmen" prior to the September 14, 2017 performance.
12/06/18·44m 58s

Behind the Curtain: Mark Lamos on "Rigoletto"

Mark Lamos, director of plays, musicals and opera, including LA Opera’s current production of “Rigoletto,” has a conversation with Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen.
29/05/18·32m 26s

Behind the Curtain: Matthew Aucoin on "Crossing"

Matthew Aucoin (LA Opera's Artist In Residence) discusses his own composition, “Crossing”, with Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen. Inspired by poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War, “Crossing” explores the connections that come between us and pull us apart. Performances of this LA Opera Off Grand production take place at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, both at 8:00pm.
22/05/18·25m 7s

Introduction to Rigoletto

An introduction to the plot, characters and music of "Rigoletto" at LA Opera.
16/05/18·13m 34s

Behind the Curtain: Matthew Aucoin's "Rigoletto" Pre-Show Talk

LA Opera Resident Artist Matthew Aucoin gives his pre-show talk on "Rigoletto" opening night (May 12, 2018).
15/05/18·37m 12s

Behind the Curtain: Matthew Aucoin on "Rigoletto"

Matthew Aucoin (LA Opera's Artist In Residence) discusses Verdi's cornerstone of opera repertoire, "Rigoletto", with Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen.
01/05/18·28m 1s

Behind the Curtain: Orpheus Afterwards, Myth in Romantic Aesthetics (Mitchell Morris at Getty Villa)

UCLA Professor of Musicology Mitchell Morris at Getty Villa on Sunday, March 11, 2018. Composers and artists of the 19th century embraced the iconic figure of Orpheus, portraying him as the passionate hero of symphonic poems and concerti, the ultimate poet as prophet, and the very model of the Romantic musician. This talk traces the continuing power of the myth in music by Beethoven, Liszt, and Scriabin, as well as in paintings created at the turn of the century.
17/04/18·41m 46s

Behind the Curtain: Stephen Fry and James Conlon in Conversation

On Sunday, March 25 following the closing performance of Orpheus and Eurydice, Stephen Fry - English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter, and film director — joined Maestro James Conlon in the Stern Grand Hall for a conversation about the Orpheus & Eurydice myth throughout literature and music.
03/04/18·42m 36s

Behind the Curtain: John Neumeier, Director, Choreographer, & Designer of Orpheus & Eurydice

On March 9, 2018, Christopher Koelsch, LA Opera’s President and CEO, interviewed John Neumeier, acclaimed Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet as well as the Director, Choreographer and Designer of LA Opera’s Orpheus and Eurydice.
22/03/18·38m 15s

Behind the Curtain: Music as Medicine with Renee Fleming & Dr. Antonio Damasio

On Monday, February 5, 2018 international opera star Renée Fleming, neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and LA Opera CEO and President Christopher Koelsch discussed the connections between music and the brain—and the very real possibility that music is part of the solution to intractable problems like chronic pain and cancer. Listen and learn about the role music and other arts can play in tackling the most difficult diseases and improving health and wellness. The USC Visions and Voices event was presented at the Bovard Auditorium as part of the Provost’s Series on Wicked Problems, which brings together special guests and USC faculty to discuss the most intractable, multifaceted problems of our time.
20/03/18·1h 43m

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon Orpheus and Eurydice Pre-Show Talk 3.10.18

Maestro Conlon gives his pre-show talk on Orpheus and Eurydice opening night March 10, 2018.
19/03/18·48m 13s

Behind the Curtain: Conlon on "Orpheus and Eurydice"

James Conlon (LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director) discusses Gluck's groundbreaking opera "Orpheus and Eurydice" with Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen.
06/03/18·20m 46s

Behind the Curtain: Opera Director Francesca Zambello with James Conlon

LA Opera President and CEO Christopher Koelsch interviews Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon and "Candide" stage director Francesca Zambello prior to the "Opera Prep" final dress rehearsal for students on January 25, 2018.
05/03/18·47m 1s

Behind The Curtain: Conlon on "Candide"

Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon discusses Bernstein's classic operetta "Candide" with Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen
07/02/18·21m 22s

Behind The Curtain: James Conlon Discusses "Nabucco"

Behind The Curtain: James Conlon Discusses "Nabucco" by LA Opera
17/11/17·19m 23s

Behind the Curtain: Duff Murphy's Pre-Performance Talk on "The Tales of Hoffmann"

Behind the Curtain: Duff Murphy's Pre-Performance Talk on "The Tales of Hoffmann" by LA Opera
26/05/17·47m 49s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "The Marriage of Figaro"

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "The Marriage of Figaro" by LA Opera
26/05/17·45m 17s

Pre-Show Talk: The Magic Flute

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "The Magic Flute."
26/05/17·46m 28s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "The Ghosts of Versailles"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "The Ghosts of Versailles."
26/05/17·42m 45s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "The Barber of Seville"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "The Barber of Seville."
26/05/17·45m 24s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "The Abduction from the Seraglio"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "The Abduction from the Seraglio."
25/05/17·44m 20s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "Salome"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "Salome."
25/05/17·43m 11s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "Norma"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "Norma."
25/05/17·42m 43s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "Moby Dick"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "Moby Dick."
25/05/17·46m 12s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "Madame Butterfly"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "Madame Butterfly."
25/05/17·45m 33s

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "Macbeth"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "Macbeth."
25/05/17·1h

Pre-Show Talk: James Conlon Introduces "La Traviata"

In this pre-show talk, James Conlon discusses "La Traviata."
25/05/17·43m 52s

Pre-Show Talk: Duff Murphy Introduces "La Boheme"

In this pre-show talk, Duff Murphy discusses "La Boheme."
25/05/17·49m 11s

Pre-Show Talk: Patrick Morganelli Introduces "Hercules vs. Vampires"

In this pre-show talk, Patrick Morganelli discusses "Hercules vs. Vampires."
25/05/17·26m 38s

Pre-Show Talk: KUSC's Brian Lauritzen Introduces "Gianni Schicchi" & "Pagliacci"

In this pre-show talk, KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discusses "Gianni Schicchi" and "Pagliacci."
25/05/17·37m 50s

Pre-Show Talk: Grant Gershon Introduces "Florencia en el Amazonas"

Conductor Grant Gershon discusses Daniel Catán's "Florencia en el Amazonas."
25/05/17·31m 41s

Pre-Show Talks: Matthew Aucoin Introduces "Akhnaten"

In this pre-show talk, artist-in-residence discusses "Akhnaten."
25/05/17·40m 9s

Pre-Show Talk: Matthew Aucoin and Philip Glass Discuss "Akhnaten"

In this pre-show lecture, Matthew Aucoin and Philip Glass discuss "Akhnaten."
25/05/17·45m 6s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon Talks "Tosca"

Host Brian Lauritzen and LA Opera Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon discuss "Tosca."
27/04/17·25m 14s

Behind the Curtain: Philip Cokorinos (Presented in collaboration with "Living With A Genius")

Omar Crook of "Living with A Genius" interviews bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, who is on stage as Sacristan in our current production of "Tosca."
25/04/17·47m 44s

Pre-Show Talks: James Conlon Introduces "Tosca"

Prior to every performance, LA Opera's acclaimed Music Director Maestro James Conlon and other scholars of note hold an engaging and informative talk about the opera our audience is about to see. Generously sponsored by The Flora L. Thornton Foundation and The Opera League of Los Angeles, these talks are free of charge to those attending the performance and take place in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall inside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In this podcast, James Conlon discusses "Tosca."
24/04/17·44m 16s

Behind the Curtain: Kate Lindsey

Host Brian Lauritzen interviews Kate Lindsey, who plays the Muse in "The Tales of Hoffmann."
03/04/17·18m 55s

Behind the Curtain: Morris Robinson (Presented in collaboration with "Living With A Genius")

Omar Crook of "Living with A Genius" interviews bass Morris Robinson, recently seen in LA Opera's production of Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio."
14/03/17·15m 45s

Behind the Curtain: Christopher Koelsch (Presented in collaboration with "Living with A Genius")

Omar Crook of "Living with A Genius" interviews LA Opera President & CEO Christopher Koelsch.
14/03/17·31m 58s

Behind the Curtain: Technical Director Jeff Kleemann Talks "Salome"

Host Brian Lauritzen discusses "Salome" with Technical Director Jeff Kleeman.
14/02/17·15m 20s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon Talks "The Abduction from the Seraglio"

Host Brian Lauritzen talks to Music Director James Conlon about "The Abduction from the Seraglio."
27/01/17·23m 31s

Behind the Curtain: Matthew Aucoin Talks "Akhnaten"

Host Brian Lauritzen talks to LA Opera artist-in-residence Matthew Aucoin about conducting "Akhnaten."
31/10/16·26m 27s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon Talks "Macbeth"

Host Brian Lauritzen talks to Music Director James Conlon about "Macbeth."
12/09/16·23m 28s

Behind the Curtain: Speranza Scappucci

Listen to La Bohème conductor Speranza Scappucci talk to KUSC's Brian Lauritzen about her career in opera and what it takes to be a woman in the field.
03/05/16·25m 2s

Behind the Curtain: Ben Bliss

Host Brian Lauritzen talks to Ben Bliss, who stars as Tamino in "The Magic Flute."
23/02/16·19m 5s

Behind the Curtain: Angela Meade

Host Brian Lauritzen discusses "Norma" with soprano Angela Meade, currently starring in LA Opera's production.
11/12/15·11m 16s

Behind the Curtain: James Conlon Talks "Moby-Dick"

KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discusses "Moby Dick" with Music Director James Conlon.
28/10/15·26m 35s

Behind the Curtain: The Barber of Seville

For his podcast for "The Barber of Seville," host Brian Lauritzen is joined by Elizabeth DeShong, making her LA Opera debut in the role of Rosina. The fast-rising mezzo-soprano speaks about Rossini's strong female characters and her lifelong dedication to singing.
26/02/15·14m 50s
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