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Four company leaders tell us the state of their art

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.
Speaking to the Artist in Residence

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 AngelesDon Carlo(s)

Don Carlo(s)
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
James Conlon; Ian Judge; LA Opera; Louisa Muller; Tim Goodchild; Ferruccio Furlanetto; Alexander Vinogradov

Los AngelesSatyagraha

Glass: Satyagraha
Grant Gershon; Phelim McDermott; LA Opera; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Sean Panikkar; So Young Park

Los AngelesHänsel and Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
James Conlon; Douglas Fitch; LA Opera; Craig Colclough; Melody Moore; Sasha Cooke; Liv Redpath

Los AngelesPrismWorld Premiere

Reid: Prism
Julian Wachner; James Darrah; LA Opera; Anna Schubert; Rebecca Jo Loeb; Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street; Beth Morrison

Los AngelesThe Loser

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

Los AngelesLa clemency of TitusNew production

Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
James Conlon; Thaddeus Strassberger; LA Opera; Mattie Ullrich; Janai Brugger; Guanqun Yu
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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. 
****1
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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.
****1
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Lots of Gluck: LA Opera’s Orphée et Eurydice

Lisette Oropesa (Eurydice) © Ken Howard
With a potent cast and excellent dancing, this is a sophisticated take on Gluck's opera. 
***11
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Stunning Candide from LA Opera

Kelsey Grammer (as Voltaire) © Ken Howard
Whether it’s half an opera, three quarters an operetta, or a musical and a half, Francesca Zambello’s team put together a production that was easy to fall in love with. 
****1
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Nabucco goes to Hollywood

Plácido Domingo (Nabucco) © Ken Howard | LA Opera
Monstyrska dominates as Abigaille, Domingo brings his unique baritenor style to the title role, Thaddeus Strassberger creates a riot of colour and antiquarian style.
****1
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Fishing for pearls in Los Angeles

Nino Machaidze (Leïla) © Ken Howard
The casting was something special. Each of the principals was fun to watch, magnificent to listen to, believable in every gesture, look and touch. 
*****
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