LA Opera plans Jan. 2021 reopening; shifts fall 2020 productions to fall 2021

Posted on: July 31, 2020

“Los Angeles Opera is postponing for an entire year all four productions that had been scheduled for this fall, the company said Tuesday as it outlined the depths of the financial fallout from COVID-19,” writes Jessica Gelt in Tuesday’s (7/28) Los Angeles Times. “The four productions pushed to fall 2021 are” La Cenerentola, Il Trovatore, Tannhäuser, and “Get Out in Concert, music performed live to a screening of the Jordan Peele film…. The company’s tentative goal for resuming in-person performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is the Jan. 30 scheduled opening of Mozart’s Don Giovanni. New programming for fall 2020 will be presented digitally, but the company is holding out hope that it can present performances outdoors if that is deemed safe…. L.A. Opera is in discussions with the American Federation of Musicians and the American Guild of Musical Artists about providing financial support for the more than 300 orchestra musicians and artists under contract for the postponed productions. The company is grappling with the loss of an estimated $9 million in revenue for the 2019-20 fiscal year, and it expects losses for 2020-21 to run $13 million to $22 million.”