The Los Angeles Opera

Although I’m a big opera fan, I had not been to the LA Opera since moving here in late 2011. Last weekend, however, we finally attended our first opera in LA, a very interesting production of Rossini‘s “La Cenerentola.”

The LA Opera is the fourth-largest in the country and it’s housed in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The famous Spanish tenor Placido Domingo is the General Director of the LA Opera and American conductor James Conlon is its Music Director.

The crowd in the LA Opera was not very different from those in other opera venues, i.e., older and educated, but the environment was a bit more lively than the Washington National Opera, where I attended many opera productions. And I was surprised that the performance started 10 minutes late, something unheard of in other venues. Of course, these are just first impressions and I’ll be able to confirm them or not after attending more productions in future seasons.

Here are some photos from our first evening at the LA Opera. I shot most of them outside, at the plaza, and just a few inside the Pavilion, as we had to rush to our seats. We were not allowed to take pictures inside the auditorium but I snapped a couple of very bad shots of the entire company at the end of the performance. Not sure it was worth breaking the rules for them, though…

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