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Find out why critics are raving about LA Opera's production of The Ring, designed and directed by the visionary artist Achim Freyer and under the musical leadership of James Conlon, an acclaimed exponent of Wagnerian repertoire. "A world-class event" according to The London Times. London's Financial Times exclaims "historic…miss it at your own peril."

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Special Ring Ticket Offer for Conference Attendees
Single tickets to Ring Cycle performances are now available at a special rate for conference attendees. For details and ordering information, visit

Dining Options
A box dinner for the Thursday, June 10 performance of Die Walküre is available for $25. To order, contact Paul Gosselin at 212-796-8620, ext. 214 by May 14. Choose one of the following options:
  • Mediterranean orzo pasta with grilled black tiger prawns and tomato salad
  • Poached salmon with cucumber salad and rizi bizi
  • Half rotisserie chicken with roasted red bliss potatoes and summer vegetables
  • Rare seared skirt steak with peperonata and fingerling potatoes
All box dinners include a can of soda or bottled water, dinner roll and dessert. Cash bars will be available on-site.

Ring Festival LA
LA Opera has joined forces with Los Angeles' cultural and educational institutions to stage the first significant citywide cultural festival since the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival. Ring Festival LA showcases a wide variety of exhibitions, symposia, museum shows, conferences and special events. All of these events will be thematically related to the first-ever presentation in Los Angeles of the four-opera drama The Ring of the Nibelung.

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Boasting one of the largest stages in the country, the 3,086 seat-Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is the centerpiece of this 11-acre, four-venue performing arts complex. Spread over four elegant tiers, with chandeliers, wide-curving stairways and rich décor, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is wheelchair accessible and provides Phonic Ear sound system headsets for the hard of hearing.

Before creation of the LA Opera Company in 1986, New York City Opera visited regularly and performed in the Pavilion. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its annual Academy Awards in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from 1969 to 1987, again from 1990 to 1994, in 1996 and finally in 1999. Since the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra moved to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, which opened in October 2003, the Pavilion also houses LA Opera and the Dance at the Music Center.

SOLD OUT — Long Beach Opera Production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice
Saturday, June 12 at 9:00 p.m.

Conference attendees will travel by coach to Long Beach for dinner overlooking the water at The Reef, followed by Long Beach Opera’s “notorious opera in a swimming pool.” Elizabeth Futral and Grammy-nominated clarinetist Todd Palmer transform the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool into the River Styx for one of the most innovative and visionary productions you will ever experience.
  • Busses depart the Omni at 6:00 p.m.
  • Dinner at The Reef at 7:00PM.
  • Curtain at 9:00 p.m.
  • Price (includes bus and dinner): $85 per person

SOLD OUT — Anniversary Dinner – Friday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating the 40th Anniversary of OPERA America and the 20th Anniversary of Marc A. Scorca as President and CEO of the organization. Opera Conference attendees are invited to this special event marking both occasions at the City Club on Bunker Hill. The Club is perched high atop the Wells Fargo Center and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Downtown LA.
  • Cocktails: 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Dinner: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $95.
  • Business Attire.
Special Events
Wagner, His World and His Critics – Wednesday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A seminar at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, featuring LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, Wagner scholar John Deathridge, UCLA musicology professor Mitchell Morris and opera lecturer Desirée Mays. The seminar day includes lunch and admission to the galleries and gardens. For more information, please contact LA Opera at 213-972-8001.

Host Company Reception – Wednesday, June 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Join the board and staff of LA Opera at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for a welcome reception to kick-off the 2010 Conference.

Wells Fargo SmART Bar – Thursday, June 10 and Friday, June 11
Attendees will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one mini-consultations with experts from a variety of opera-related fields at the Wells Fargo smART Bar. These consults will prove invaluable to attendees wishing to fine tune ideas in specialty areas, including fundraising, artistic production, marketing and more.

Prior registration required.

Thursday, June 10
11:30 a.m. – Catherine French, Catherine French Group; Margaret Genovese, Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates; Wendy Westwood, Wendy Westwood & Associates
12:30 p.m. – Bruce Thibodeau and Lee Kappelman, Arts Consulting Group

Friday, June 11
2:00 p.m. – Janice Burrill, Wells Fargo; Janice Mancini Del Sesto, Consultant
3:00 p.m. – Marsha Drummond and Lee Abrahamian, the Metropolitan Opera

Co-Production Speed Dating – Friday, June 11 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Across North America, rental stock of the standard repertory is aging, highlighting the need for co-production relationships in the opera field. OPERA America has been asked to turn the spotlight onto increased co-production activity among its members. With this new charge, OPERA America returns to the purpose for which it was founded in 1970 — to facilitate co-production among charter members.

At this Opera Conference 2010 event, Professional Company Member representatives will court potential co-producers during a two-hour session. Six operas carefully selected from the standard repertory will be assigned 20-minute segments during which potential producers will discuss potential production collaborations of these works. OPERA America staff members will facilitate.

The following operas will be featured: Carmen, Aida, The Barber of Seville, Faust, Rigoletto and Turandot.
New Works Sampler – Friday, June 11 from 4:45 to 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Joshua Winograde, hear members of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program present excerpts from recently premiered and soon-to-premiere North American operas. Conference registrants must wear their Opera Conference name badges to guarantee free admission to the museum. A museum representative will be available to facilitate a brief, self-guided cell phone tour of MOCA at 4:00 p.m. before the New Works Sampler, for interested parties.
Complimentary Continental Breakfast – Saturday, June 12 at 8:00 a.m.
Join us for breakfast in the Conference Center on the final morning of Opera Conference 2010. If you haven’t had a chance yet to visit with exhibitors, this serves as the perfect opportunity to meet and network with potential business partners.
Network Dinners

Wednesday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m.
OPERA America is pleased to offer network dinner tickets to Conference attendees at a 15% discount from last year. Network with your colleagues over dinner at one of four fabulous downtown Los Angeles restaurants, all within walking distance of the Conference hotels. Three-course dinner tickets are $35 per person and cash bars are available at all four locations.

Kendall's Brasserie
A classic brasserie with contemporary flourishes, Kendall's Brasserie brings a fresh approach to brasserie cuisine with inspired seafood dishes and updated French favorites. A dynamic central bar and lounge serves superb wines and cocktails with cooked dishes and hand-selected raw bar delicacies — only steps away from the Music Center.
Networks: General Directors and Trustees

McCormick and Schmick's
Since the 1970s, McCormick and Schmick's Seafood Restaurants have been preparing the freshest seafood for guests. Their commitment to freshness is demonstrated in the twice-daily printing of menus to reflect the freshet seafood available.
Networks: Finance and Development

Opened in 1991, Taipan offers modern Mandarin-Chinese cuisine in an elegant setting in the Wells Fargo Center in downtown Los Angeles. The kitchen offers over 150 items daily, including many creative specialties unavailable in the West. Winner of a Three Stars Award from the Southern California Writers Association, Taipan serves up a plethora of traditional Asian specialties with sweet and savory flavors.
Networks: Education and Marketing/PR

CASA is a Mexican restaurant that pays homage to the history and flavors of traditional cuisine, while transcending the experience with modern influences. Grounded in the progressive architecture of a modern hacienda setting, Chef Nick Albrecht prepares seasonal, soulful dishes.
Networks: Artistic and Technical/Production

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