The fourth-largest opera company in the U.S., the L.A. Opera debuted in 1986 -- and remains headquartered -- at the Los Angeles Music Center’s elegant Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Directed by famed tenor Placido Domingo, as well as conductors James Conlon and Grant Gershon, has become known for taking risks in terms of subject matter, as well as set and costume design.
In recent years, the company has put on an innovative stage version of David Cronenberg’s movie The Fly, presented Wagner’s The Ring amidst a tide of anti-Nazi fervor, and staged Don Giovanni with the costumes of local sister-designer team Rodarte. A special series concentrates on operas written by Jews who died in the Holocaust, and in addition to productions of big-name operas like Carmen and Falstaff, the L.A. Opera also stages works by avante garde composers like Philip Glass and one-night concerts by popular singers like Audra McDonald.
Parking is available underneath the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for $9, or you can take the Metro; the theater is set two blocks from the Civic Center stop on the Red or Purple Lines.