July, 2008

Tickets On Sale For New Opera Season

Single tickets went on sale today for the LA Opera’s ‘08/’09 season. Saith the opera in a release:

Single tickets for LA Opera’s highly anticipated 2008/09 season are now on sale to the public online at www.laopera.com and will also be available for purchase beginning Sunday, July 20, from 10am to 6pm in person at LA Opera’s Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and by phone at 213-972-8001. Regular Box Office hours are 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday. All performances take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012.

LA Opera’s season, featuring nine operas and a total of 67 performances, opens on Saturday, September 6, 2008, and will continue through Sunday, June 21, 2009. The season opens with a new production of Giacomo Puccini’s trilogy of one-act operas Il Trittico, conducted by Music Director James Conlon with directing duties shared by William Friedkin (Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica) and Woody Allen (Gianni Schicchi, in his operatic debut) and featuring a world-class cast that includes Mark Delavan, Salvatore Licitra, Anja Kampe, Sondra Radvanovsky, Larissa Diadkova and Thomas Allen. The opening weekend continues with the U.S. premiere of Howard Shore’s The Fly on Sunday, September 7, with a libretto by David Henry Hwang. The Fly will be conducted by Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo and directed by David Cronenberg. The season also includes new productions of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre, the first two installments of the Company’s new Ring cycle, as well as a new production of Walter Braunfels’ rarely performed The Birds and popular revivals of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Bizet’s Carmen, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s La Traviata.

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Art of the Game

You never know who you’ll find on craigslist.

For example, when FineArtsLA founder Christian M. Chensvold went on the popular bulletin-board website looking for a tennis partner, little did he know he’d find David Thorne, an artist who currently has a video installation showing at the Tate Modern in London.

Chensvold (l) and Thorne (r) are shown here after a grueling three-and-a-half hour death match that ended in a tie.

Says Thorne of his work at the Tate, “We were asked to exhibit the project at the Tate after the curators saw the work last summer in the exhibition Documenta XII in Kassel Germany. This project is a one-time collaboration between the five artists you see listed in the Tate link.

“Most of my work is in collaboration with my wife, Julia Meltzer. Our most recent work — 2 small video installations produced with a young Syrian performer, Rami Farah — was exhibited in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.”

For more on Thorne and his work, visit meltzerthorne.com.

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Forty Unders 2.0: 50% Off At Hollywood Bowl

FineArtsLA’s ticket giveaway and audience-development program moves into its second phase with a new feature we hope to expand this fall when the concert season begins anew.

The Hollywood Bowl has graciously extended an attractive 50-percent discount for Orff’s “Carmina Burana” on Tuesday the 8th and Bizet’s “Carmen” on Sunday the 13th.

That’s two tickets for about $25, and a priceless experience at this iconic outdoor theater.

Go to the ticket section here, choose the event you want, and when prompted, enter the discount code “BOWL.”

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