Baritones Meet Beach Chairs During Free Opera Opener

By Julie Kertes

Los Angeles Events - Opera at the Beach

See a free performance of L.A. Opera’s season opener on a high-def screen at the Santa Monica Pier. PHOTO COURTESY L.A. OPERA

Grab your opera glasses – and a beach chair – and head to the scenic beach near Santa Monica for L.A. Opera’s “Opera at the Beach.” Here’s your chance to see L.A. Opera’s season opener, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, staged by Woody Allen, and Pagliacci, directed by the legendary Franco Zeffirelli. And it’s free!

This double bill will be broadcast live in high-definition video from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to the big screen at the Santa Monica Pier deck at 7 p.m. Oct. 3.

It’ll be a busy night for L.A. Opera General Director Plácido Domingo, who will star in Gianni Schicchi, an opera about a foiled scheme to rewrite the will of a dying relative. After intermission, Domingo will pick up the baton and conduct the second performance, Pagliacci, a contemporary opera – starring Marco Berti, Ana María Martínez and George Gagnidze – about a traveling troupe and its all-too-real performance between a jealous husband and unsuspecting wife.

Tickets are available the night of the performance, but advance reservations are strongly recommended. This is one of those highly anticipated Los Angeles events that fills quickly. There is a limit of eight tickets per order, with a handling fee of $1 per ticket for online orders.

Click here to reserve your tickets, or pick them up in person from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (135 North Grand Ave., L.A.) to avoid the handling fee.

This is a casual, affordable and enjoyable way to experience opera with the entire family. See photos from last year’s “Opera at the Beach” here.

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