General Director Plácido Domingo announced today that the company’s third season of annual live simulcasts will expand to two locations this year. On Oct. 13, LA Opera’s new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Domingo in the title role and conducted by Music Director James Conlon, will be sent live in high-definition video from nine cameras at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to large LED screens on the Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, 90401) and at South Gate Park (4900 Southern Avenue, South Gate, 90280).
Through the support of Los Angeles County and Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Sheila Kuehl, LA Opera is able to present both simulcasts free of charge as a special gift to the community. No tickets are required for entrance; seating at both venues is general admission. Audience members are advised to arrive early for pre-performance picnicking, to get the best viewing areas, and to bring their own seating.
Back by popular demand, the Opera at the Beach broadcast of Macbeth will be the third live simulcast transmitted to the Santa Monica Pier, following the triumphant inaugural broadcast of La Traviata in 2014 and last season’s double bill of Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci in 2015. “Opera at the Beach is a fantastic combination of the beauty of opera and the natural splendor of our California coastline at dusk,” said Supervisor Kuehl, who represents the Third District, which includes the city of Santa Monica. “With the opening of the Metro Extension to Santa Monica, I am thrilled that even more Angelenos will be able to enjoy these performances.”
Macbeth will be the first Opera in the Park performance simulcast to South Gate Park. “This is a wonderful occasion for Eastsiders to experience the thrill of a world-class opera performance right in their own community,” said Supervisor Solis, who represents the First District, where South Gate is located. “This is the first time that opera will be featured in South Gate Park’s programming, and I know that local audiences will flock to this exciting opportunity.”