Are you really NOT a fan of your car? Love opera, but don’t want to drive downtown? Westside and South Bay residents will have options on September 28, as they’ll be able to attend one of two live simulcasts of LA Opera’s new production of La Bohème. Admission is free, and it’s a very good way to introduce opera newbies among your family and friends to one of the most iconic and unforgettable works in the repertoire, and you can bring your own snacks!
See the press release and full details below:
LA Opera’s Annual Live Broadcasts at the Beach and in the Park Return with a New La Bohème on September 28
The free, HD-livestreams will feature a new take on one of opera’s most tragic love stories
at the Santa Monica Pier and Columbia Park in Torrance.
Get your lawn chairs, and picnic baskets ready. This year, Opera at the Beach and Opera in the Park will feature one of opera’s most popular—and arguably one of the most romantic—works in the repertoire, La Bohème. Angelenos will be transported from their picnic blankets to the cafés of 19th-century Paris as six struggling artists search for love, life and laughter against impossible odds. (Can your weekend plans get any more magical than that?)
September 28, 2019
Doors open: 5:30pm (with pre-show activities to follow in Torrance)
Broadcast begins: 7:30pm
Event ends: 10:30pm
Opera at the Beach
Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401). To get there, the ramp at the intersection of Ocean and Colorado is your most direct route by car, bike or foot. There is parking on the Pier deck, accessible via the ramp at Ocean and Colorado. There are also two lower lots accessible via Appian Way.
Opera in the Park
Columbia Regional Park (4045 190th Street, Torrance, CA 90504). The park is located on 190th Street between Hawthorne Boulevard and Prairie Avenue. There are parking lots accessible from 186th Street, 190th Street and Prairie Avenue.
Through its mission to share the wonder and promise of opera with everyone, and through the generous support of Los Angeles County and its team of Supervisors over the last six years, LA Opera has been able to provide free broadcasts of live opera to opera newbies and lovers alike at a variety of locations around Los Angeles.
This season will mark the fifth consecutive year of Opera at the Beach simulcasts to the Santa Monica Pier and the first time that Opera in the Park will take place in Torrance.
ABOUT THE OPERA:
Considered one of the most popular operas of all time, LA Opera opens its 2019/20 season with a new take on this romantic tragedy. Director Barrie Kosky (named the 2014 Opera Director of the Year in an Opernwelt critics’ poll, and the dynamo behind LA’s wildly popular production of The Magic Flute) reimagines 19th-century Paris on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage.
Led by soprano Marina Costa-Jackson as the ill-fated Mimi and tenor Saimir Pirgu in an intensely beautiful performance as Rodolfo, the electrifying young cast takes audiences along on a journey of life, love and incredibly tragic loss.
Admission is free at both simulcast locations, but guests who RSVP will receive a free gift upon entering.
Admission is free. Click here for more info about the simulcasts.
THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS AND PARTNERS
LA Opera’s production of La Bohème is made possible with generous support from
Ceil and Michael E. Pulitzer
The Blue Ribbon
The Emanuel Treitel Senior Citizen Fund
Opera at the Beach is made possible with generous support from Los Angeles County and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Opera in the Park is made possible with generous support from Los Angeles County and Supervisor Janice Hahn
Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera