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Opera on the West Coast: the state of the art

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home of LA Opera © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
The opera General Directors of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego tell us about their audiences, their productions, painting a picture of opera on the West Coast that is both different and in rude health.

The young face of LA Opera: Matthew Aucoin

Matthew Aucoin © Steven Laxton
Aucoin was just 26 when he started his three years as Artist in Residence at LA Opera. He talks to us about composition, poetry, conducting and the Los Angeles appetite for new music.
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Los AngelesThe Loser

Lang: The Loser
David Lang; LA Opera; Jim Findlay; Suzanne Bocanegra

Los AngelesThe Clemency of TitusNew production

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
James Conlon; Thaddeus Strassberger; LA Opera; Mattie Ullrich; Janai Brugger; Guanqun Yu

Los AngelesEl Gato Montés (The Wildcat)New production

Moreno: El Gato Montés (The Wildcat)
Jordi Bernàcer; José Carlos Plaza; LA Opera; Pedro Moreno; Plácido Domingo; Ana María Martínez; Arturo Chacón-Cruz

Los AngelesLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
James Conlon; Marta Domingo; LA Opera; Adela Zaharia; Ramë Lahaj; Charles Castronovo
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Susan Graham stars in LA Opera's charming Humperdinck revival

Susan Graham (Witch) © Cory Weaver
Susan Graham had all the fun every mezzo-soprano witch, who can sing the role and disguise herself – when necessary – to look the part, deserves. 
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Strange and stirring Satyagraha at LA Opera

Sean Panikkar (Gandhi) © Cory Weaver
After appearances in London and New York, Phelim McDermott's bold and imaginative production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha arrives in Los Angeles.
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Two Gordon Getty operas get the Masterpiece Theatre treatment

Keith Phares (Roderick Usher), Jamielyn Duggan (Madeline Usher) and Dominic Armstrong (Poe) © Craig T Mathew
Two charming operas featured splendid singing in a haze of choreography, staging and projections in a setting that had the feel of being live in a surround sound movie theater. 
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Aucoin, Gilfry and Whitman in the wilds of Beverly Hills

Rodney Gilfry (Walt Whitman) © Rob Latour | The Wallis
An intense intellectual melodrama from Aucoin, with superb playing by members of the LA Opera Orchestra.
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