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New Media and Opera Future Tense Conference

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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

135 North Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Join us for LA Opera's first academic conference and delve into the new possibilities for opera in a rapidly changing mediascape.

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Join us for LA Opera's first academic conference, and we invite you to stay, as our guests, for the world premiere of the opera Eurydice at 7:30pm that evening. We are able to provide each conference attendee up to two tickets for the performance.

Space is limited, so please register early.

Western opera has depended on the beautiful tension between music and dramatic narrative. While arguably the most "spectacular" genre in the classical-music tradition, stimulating the eye and ear, opera historically has had limited audience engagement to passive listening and somewhat formalized response (applause, laughter, jeers). However, the mushrooming of "new media" over the past 30 years challenges the art form to stretch and adapt in ways that were unimaginable even a decade ago. The scope of today's new media -- digitized soundscapes and music, holograms, immersive environments, streaming performances to personal and mobile devices, to name a few examples -- potentially reframes what it means to "go to the opera." Surely the traditional artist-audience relationship and power dynamic must shift as audience members increasingly have the power to determine a performance's space and time, let alone music and story-line.

LA Opera is working with scholars to address these questions:

  • Confronted with new media and audience expectations, how does opera survive and thrive?
  • What are the implications of media-mediated experiences for live opera performances? What are connections and divergences? Will access to one another create a new "elitism" within the art form?
  • In an art form that regularly strains or abandons "real-life" verisimilitude to extend time and emotion through music, might media integrate with or shape our understanding of operatic "coherence" and make it less abstract?
  • When we take an immersive sonic-walk or a hologram of Maria Callas delivering a stellar performance in our living rooms, do we lose the communal experience? What is lost, and what is gained in terms of audience engagement?
  • How do opera artists best train and prepare for a media-infused future? How do we bring our audiences along or do they bring us?

This conference will be held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012). As a conference participant, parking at the Music Center Parking Garage will be provided.

For questions about the conference or tickets, please contact Andrea Fuentes, Associate Director for Programming, at afuentes@laopera.org.

1:00pm Coffee/reception/sign-in

1:30pm Conversation with Scholars and LA Opera leaders

2:45pm Break

3:00-4:30pm Panel Presentation/Q and A

4:30-6:15pm Dinner Break (dinner not provided)

6:15-7:00pm Behind the Scenes Tour and Talk with Rupert Hemmings (VP of Artistic Planning)

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6:30-7:15pm Pre-opera (Eurydice) talk in Stern Grand Hall with Matt Aucoin, composer

7:30pm Opera - Eurydice

10:15-10:45pm Post-opera conversation in Stern Grand Hall

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