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Performance Festival

Enjoy a festival of performances headlined by LA Opera, host of Opera Conference 2024.

Southern California's many opera companies offer you a variety of productions to choose from during your visit.

Additional performances by Beth Morrison Projects, The Industry, and others will be announced.

All performances are in the evenings (e) unless specified as matinee (m).



Tickets to all performances can be purchased when registering for the World Opera Forum and Opera Conference. (Already registered? Log in to add performances to your registration.)

Participants are encouraged to buy through the registration system in order to add performances to their app event schedule. Tickets purchased through OPERA America will be available at the Welcome Center at the forum/conference.

Please note that tickets are limited to some performances and may sell out. Tickets will only be on sale through the registration system through May 23. After that date, registrants must buy directly from the presenting companies.

Transportation will be provided to select performances from the conference hotel.

Featured Performances by LA Opera

Presented by LA Opera
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • June 2, 2:00 p.m.
  • June 5, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Transportation: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is about a 10-minute walk (less than half a mile) from the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Transportation is not provided.

Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni
Conducted by James Conlon
Directed by Garnett Bruce
Scenery by David Hockney
Costumes by Ian Falconer
Original Lighting Design by Thomas J. Munn
Chorus Jeremy Frank

Puccini’s blockbuster returns to LA Opera for the first time in two decades, in a fantastical production designed by David Hockney.

Captivated by a beauty who scorns love, a renegade prince enters an all but impossible contest, where the price of failure is death. But beyond the legendary riddles, he’ll find another challenge in melting Turandot’s stubborn heart.

Soprano Angela Meade takes on the thrilling title role, with tenor Russell Thomas as her impetuous suitor and soprano Guanqun Yu as the woman who shows everyone the true meaning of devotion.

Tickets: $74 - $369

Fire and Blue Sky

Presented by LA Opera
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • June 6, 7:30 p.m.

Transportation: The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is about a 10-minute walk (less than half a mile) from the Omni Los Angeles Hotel. Transportation is not provided.

Composed by Joel Thompson
Libretto by Imani Tolliver
Conducted by Lina González-Granados

The past doesn't control us. But it never leaves us.

Tenor Russell Thomas, LA Opera's Artist in Residence, premieres a major new commission: a deeply personal, evening-length concert work created expressly for him by the Emmy Award-winning composer Joel Thompson with an original libretto by the celebrated poet Imani Tolliver.

With Resident Conductor Lina González-Granados leading the LA Opera Orchestra, Fire and Blue Sky traces the origin story of an artist, a probing reflection on painful memories, deeply embedded, that reverberate into the present day.

The concert will also feature an orchestral suite from Joel Thompson's opera, The Snowy Day.

Tickets: $29 - $154

Additional Performances
Ipsa Dixit

Presented by Long Beach Opera
Art Theatre of Long Beach
2025 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

  • June 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Transportation will be included with the ticket purchase.

Composed by Kate Soper
Libretto by Kate Soper
Directed by James Darrah
Music Directed by Christopher Rountree

Premiered in New York in December 2016 and a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Ipsa Dixit by Kate Soper is not your typical opera. Dubbed a "philosophy-opera" by The New Yorker, it's set to make its dazzling return in a brand-new production at the Art Theatre in Long Beach during the first two weekends of June. Directed by James Darrah, the production will feature the Martha Graham Dance company and LBO soloists.

Ipsa Dixit is an artistic revelation, a profound exploration of the intricate dance between ideas, expression, and language. Composed over six years, it's a bold fusion of sound and thought, delivered in six striking movements that weave seamlessly into a mesmerizing ninety-minute whole.

Tickets: $121 (includes transportation)

The Merry Widow

Presented by Mission Opera
Canyon High School Performing Arts Center
19300 W. Nadal Street, Canyon Country, CA 91351

  • June 7, 7:30 p.m. (Orchestra Dress)
  • June 8, 7:30 p.m.

Transportation will be included with the ticket purchase.

Music by Franz Lehár, libretto by Viktor Léon, Leo Stein
Directed by Joshua Wentz

Join Mission Opera for an OPERA America exclusive performance of Franz Lehár's effervescent masterpiece, The Merry Widow! This is the story of Hanna Glawari, a rich Pontevedran widow smitten with the Parisian lifestyle, and her countrymen's attempt to find her a local husband and to keep her money in the principality, and not in Paris.

Joshua Wentz’s opulent production features beautifully tailored period costumes that move elegantly with the lush orchestration of Lehárs music, featuring Mission Orchestra and members of the Santa Clarita Symphony Orchestra. Mission Opera incorporates modern technology, such as multimedia designs and an interactive LED screen that enhances our unique set design. Our singers and dancers will thrill and delight audiences, as they are transported into the magical world of the Viennese elite.

Discounted tickets are available exclusively for OPERA America conference attendees in Orchestra Front, Orchestra Rear, or General Admission.

Tickets: $68 - $99 (includes transportation)

Madama Butterfly 蝶々夫人

Presented by Pacific Opera Project
Aratani Theatre
244 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

  • June 1, 7:00 p.m.
  • June 2, 3:00 p.m.
  • June 7, 8:00 p.m.

Transportation will be included with the ticket purchase.

Music by G. Puccini, Japanese and English libretto by Eiki Isomura and Josh Shaw.
Original Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa
Directed by Josh Shaw
Costume Design by Sueko Oshimoto of SK Kimono
Set Design by Josh Shaw
Conducted by Eiki Isomura
Chorus Master Naoko Suga

With a new libretto by Josh Shaw (Pacific Opera Project) and Eiki Isomura (Opera in the Heights), Pacific Opera Project presents one of the world’s most popular operas as you’ve never heard it before – in Japanese and English. How would a young American Naval officer and a fifteen-year-old Japanese woman communicate? Certainly not in Italian. See this heartbreaking story in a whole new light at the beautiful and intimate Aratani Theatre at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center in Little Tokyo, located less than one mile from the Opera Conference headquarters at the Omni Hotel. Sumptuously and authentically costumed by Sueko Oshimoto of SK Kimono, this groundbreaking production features a cast of primarily Japanese and Japanese-American singers and LA’s largest Japanese choir, The South Bay Singers, led by Naoko Suga. Presented with supertitles in both Japanese and English.

Tickets: $28 - $113 (includes transportation)

Sally Ride

Presented by Synchromy
Renberg Theater
1125 N. McCadden Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90028

  • June 1, 7:30 p.m.
  • June 2, 7:30 p.m.

Transportation will be included with the ticket purchase.

Music by Dana Kaufman, libretto by Aiden K Feltkamp
Directed by Kimberly Guerrero
Costume Designer, Lena Sands
Ashley Walters, Conductor
Tam O’Shaughnessy, Advisor

Sally Ride follows the real-life story of the first American woman and the first LGBTQ+ person to go to space. Narrated by her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, the opera illuminates Sally’s intense drive to succeed and her innate need for privacy, two elements that constantly clash as she rises through the ranks of NASA. We watch as Sally is accepted into NASA, travels into space, fights with the misogynistic press, chooses to start a life with Tam, and eventually leaves NASA to pursue the life she truly wants as a science educator for young girls. Again and again, Sally must decide to either follow the path society expects for her or create her own way. Sally Ride explores the thrills, the disappointments, the humor, and the secrets of Sally’s life, drawing the audience along for a night of triumph and personal exploration.

Tickets: $62 - $72 (includes transportation)

Minute to Midnight

Presented by Synchromy
Wende Museum
10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

  • June 2, 2:00 p.m.

Transportation will be included with the ticket purchase.

Composed by Dante De Silva
Libretto by Alan Olejniczak

Minute to Midnight, a comedic opera, takes audiences inside a surreal portrait of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Inside a fictionalized Situation Room, we witness the tensions between John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Nikita Khrushchev. In reality, these leaders’ transmissions took hours to reach each other. Minute to Midnight compresses these conversations, putting the characters in each other's presence. The fictionalized Situation Room heightens the absurdity of this conflict and war while grounding the opera in a contemporary conversation: How can we continue to have dialogue through difference and find common ground today?

This workshop concert will showcase an unstaged version of the opera. Audience members will have the chance to offer feedback via a questionnaire, during a feedback session, or during the reception that follows the event.

Tickets: $37 (includes transportation)

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