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Plácido Domingo Announces LA Opera to Kick Off
20th Anniversary Season With Gala Weekend, September 9, 10 &11


Opening Gala Performances of Garry Marshall’s production of
The Grand Duchess and Franco Zeffirelli’s production of Pagliacci
Will be Celebrated with Exclusive Dinner Party, Black-Tie Gala and More

20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Chaired by Mary Hayley and Underwritten by The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation
20th Anniversary Celebration Chaired by Carol Henry

(LOS ANGELES, CA) August 2005 –- LA Opera will begin its 2005/06 20th Anniversary Season with a dazzling weekend of music, dining and dancing, September 9 through 11. Over 600 guests from the
arts and entertainment community will join General Director Plácido Domingo, Hollywood legend Garry Marshall and opera stars Frederica von Stade, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna for an array of events to celebrate the Company’s opening performances of The Grand Duchess (Saturday, September 10) and Pagliacci (Sunday, September 11). The Gala Weekend, underwritten by The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation, is expected to raise approximately $1 million for LA Opera. Mary Hayley is the Chair of the 20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend and the 20th Anniversary Season is chaired by Carol Henry.

LA Opera’s production of Pagliacci is made possible by a generous gift from The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Foundation. The new production of The Grand Duchess is made possible by a generous gift from Mr. and Mrs. Milan Panic.

The Gala Weekend festivities will begin on Friday, September 9, with an exclusive dinner party for top-level Platinum Ticket and Table buyers who purchase the entire weekend package. This event will be held at a private residence.

LA Opera will launch the 2005/06 Season on Saturday, September 10 at 6 PM with Offenbach’s boisterous
operetta The Grand Duchess, starring the internationally celebrated Frederica von Stade. Directed and adapted by Garry Marshall in his operatic debut, this all-new production will be led by conductor
Emmanuel Villaume and features sets by Heidi Ettinger, costumes by Constance Hoffman, lighting by Mary Louise Geiger and choreography by Vincent Paterson. The black-tie evening will continue with a post-performance Gala Dinner with the artists on the Music Center Plaza where guests will enjoy dancing and
a gourmet dinner created by Patina.

On Sunday, September 11 at 2 PM, a festive Italian Luncheon on the Music Center Plaza will precede the opening performance of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci at 4 PM. Director/set designer Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production fills the stage with a lavish recreation of a contemporary urban landscape. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, the opera brings back the star husband and wife couple Roberto Alagna as Canio, the brutal leader of a troupe of traveling performers, and Angela Gheorghiu as his young, beautiful wife Nedda.

Following the performance, the 20th Anniversary Weekend will culminate with a celebratory gathering with the artists in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In addition, Aria, LA Opera’s new young professional arts and cultural group, will also honor the
Company’s 20th Anniversary Weekend with its own special celebration. The group will inaugurate the season with a post-performance celebration with cast members of Pagliacci on Sunday, September 11 on the Fifth Floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

20th Anniversary Celebration Weekend Timeline

Friday, September 9
7 PM – Exclusive Dinner party for Platinum Table and Ticket Buyers

Saturday, September 10
6 PM – Opening Night Performance of The Grand Duchess, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
9 PM – Grand Opening Night Gala with Dinner and Dancing, Music Center Plaza

Sunday, September 11
2 PM – Italian Luncheon, Music Center Plaza
4 PM – Opening performance of Pagliacci
5:30 PM – Aria 20th Anniversary Celebration, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Fifth Floor
5:30 PM – Grand Finale Celebration with the artists, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Grand Hall
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SOURCE: Los Angeles Opera



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