From the Music Director

Greetings friends and opera lovers. It is my pleasure to welcome you to Center Stage Opera and tell you about the exciting things that are planned for this year. One thing's for certain - its going to be an unforgettable season you don't want to miss.

One of the advantages you have when subscribing to CSO is the incredibly intimate, high quality experience you will have with every opera you attend. For a fraction of the price of other companies in Los Angeles, you can actually feel like you're right in the action and truly discover what makes opera such a vibrant and exciting art form. Every CSO production is performed with the acclaimed Center Stage Opera Orchestra, and let me tell you as the person with the best seat in the house - there is nothing more exciting than witnessing an opera story unfold with professional musicians who feel like they're close enough to reach out and touch, regardless of where you're sitting.

At Center Stage Opera, our main goal is to inspire you, our audience, by presenting operas in a way that "make sense," not only from a musical standpoint but from a dramatic standpoint as well. As someone who has been both thrilled and not so thrilled watching other opera productions, I can assure you that it does make a difference, and that difference is why I am so pleased to be the Music Director for Center Stage Opera and to be able to show you why opera is such a vibrant and truly all-encompasing art form.

This season will prove to be the most exciting season CSO has presented to date, that I can promise you. We begin the season with a concert of opera's greatest hits, including many great selections you're sure to instantly recognize. In March, we will be presenting the eternally classic La Bohème as our annual concert spectacular. Finally, in June we will end the season with a personal favorite of mine, presenting a raucous new production of Rossini's exceedingly deligtful The Barber of Seville. Please visit our Season Subscription page to learn more and to purchase your tickets today. Additionaly, if you wish to find out about how you can become a member of the CSO family and help us to continue "Giving Inspiration a Voice", please visit our Support page for additional information.

Three productions, three of the greatest operas ever written by three of the greatest composers ever to have lived. I can promise you I'm already incredibly excited, and I know you will be too. Please come on by to see how opera can make a difference for you, and as always, I'll look forward to seeing you there!

Brian Onderdonk, Music Director