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Los Angeles Opera

Program Number: 14845RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/26/2013 - 3/29/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Los Angeles, California
Price starting at: $647.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera
Meals: 7; 3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Attend one performance and experience the flowering artistic partnership between Placido Domingo and music director James Conlon. Thrill to opera’s lavish spectacle and high drama performed by the world's great opera stars. Opera engages our minds, captures our hearts and releases the imagination. Through preparatory classes, learn why opera is one the most compelling and captivating of all the performing arts. See why LA Opera is one of the "hottest" tickets in L.A.'s dazzling, revitalized downtown.




Highlights

• Enjoy an expert-led exploration on foot of the culturally rich Music Center complex.
• Learn from a member of the stage management team what goes on behind the scenes of an opera production.
• Pre-opera lectures introduce the opera and its stars before you take your seat for the stunning performance.



Activity Particulars

Ride DASH public shuttle to Music Center for one-hour walking field trip on flat paved surfaces; some steps.




Date Specific Information

3-26-2013

Cinderella, a delightful romantic comedy by Gioachino Rossini.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Los Angeles

The cosmopolitan heart of Southern California, L.A. shimmers with diverse cultures and unparalleled glamour, but the “City of Angels” indulges more than fantasy. Its cultural institutions are world-class, from the Getty Museum to the Philharmonic, and top-ranking schools like UCLA and USC contribute to its renown as a first-rate center of learning.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel near Los Angeles destinations and transportation options.
Meals and Lodgings
   The L.A. Downtown Hotel
  Los Angeles, CA 3 nights
 The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The L.A. Downtown Hotel (formerly the Los Angeles Marriott Downtown Hotel and soon to become a Hyatt Regency Hotel) is near LA Live, home of the Staples Center and NOKIA Theater LA Live. This spacious, downtown area hotel is within walking distance of landmark restaurants and lounges, LA's Music Center, shopping, sports and transportation options. This finely appointed, full-service hotel provides guests with luxurious accommodations; a first-class fitness center and beautiful, heated outdoor pool; world-class dining in one of the hotel's three restaurants, poolside or in their room; and close proximity to world-famous LA destinations and cultural landmarks including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Norton Simon Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Griffith Observatory, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Little Tokyo, So. Pasadena and many theatrical venues.
  Contact info: 333 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071 USA
phone: 213-617-1133
web: www.thelahotel.com/
  Room amenities: Guest rooms are furnished with an alarm clock, coffee maker/tea service, Internet browser/Web TV, iron/ironing board, luxurious bedding with Serta Perfect Sleeper mattresses with foam or down pillows, hair dryer, separate tub and shower, premium cable TV, movies/videos, and pay-per-view. A rollaway bed is available in some rooms. There is no access charge when using the room phone for toll-free and credit-card calls. Daily newspaper delivery to the room may be requested. A room refrigerator is available, but not guaranteed, upon request.
  Facility amenities: This 13-story, 400-room, smoke-free hotel offers many amenities to its guests including a Concierge desk; cash machine/ATM; gift shop; foreign exchange; 24-hour Fitness Center; daily housekeeping service; complimentary newspaper delivered to the room, on request; room service from 6:00AM to 11:00PM; safe deposit boxes at the front desk; full-service business center; and a same-day laundry and valet dry-cleaning service. INTERNET ACCESS: High-speed wireless Internet service is available at the rate of $9.95/day per device (includes iPads, laptops and any device used to connect to the Internet). The service covers all guest rooms and public spaces in the hotel. Guests may sign up for Wi-Fi access at the front desk. A password is required. (This rate also includes unlimited local phone calls and unlimited long distance service within the country.)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based upon availability The L.A. Downtown Hotel offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based upon availability The L.A. Downtown Hotel offers Road Scholar guests a special rate based upon availability if you wish to stay before or after the program week. Please make your reservation directly with the hotel by calling (213) 617-6019 between 8:00AM–5:00PM, or faxing (213) 621-1510. If you call and reach a voice mail, please leave a message and someone from reservations will return your call.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is between 3:30-5:00PM in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at The L.A. Downtown Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Please make your travel arrangements to allow you to stay for our final class which will be a critique of the opera performance. Class ends about 10:30AM. You will be staying at The L.A. Downtown Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Health & Safety Form, please indicate to us the name of your roommate/traveling companion. Also let us know if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Valet parking costs $35/day. Cheaper parking is available at the World Trade Center parking garage across the street from the hotel. It offers an 'Early/Late Bird' special rate of $8.00/day. See detailed parking info in the 'Driving Directions' section.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Los Angeles, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Los Angeles
  Nearest highway: Freeways 101, 10 and 110 run through LA
  Nearest airport:  Los Angeles International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Los Angeles, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Los Angeles/ Greyhound Bus Terminal to Marriott

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 877-733-3305

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $10+ per ride one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 5 to 10 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Less than 2 miles from terminal to Marriott LA Downtown Hotel

   

The Greyhound Station is located at 1716 E. 7th St., Los Angeles. Inside the station, a phone is available that will connect you with the taxi dispatch by dialing a two digit number. For current Greyhound information and reservations, call (800) 231-2222. Greyhound website: www.greyhound.com Yellow Cab of Los Angeles: Call 877-733-3305 CALL FOR CURRENT FARE AS PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

Burbank (BUR) to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
phone: 800-733-8267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$23 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40-60 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles from Burbank to the hotel

   

Prime Time Shuttle local phone: (310) 536-7922 Prime Time Shuttle website: www.primetimeshuttle.com They provide door-to-door shared van service from Burbank Airport to destination. CALL FOR CURRENT FARE AS PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Advance reservations are required. Burbank Airport website: www.burbankairport.com (for further transportation information) ALTERNATE passenger van service: SuperShuttle at 800-258-3826 or www.supershuttle.com

 

Burbank/ (BUR) to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$24 for the 1st person; $9 per each additional guest
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40-60 minutes, depending on traffic and time of day 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles from Burbank airport to the hotel

   

SuperShuttle provides door-to-door shared van service from Burbank Airport (BUR) to your destination. Advance reservations are required. Call for current rates as prices are subject to change without notice. SuperShuttle local phone: (310) 782-6600 Website: www.supershuttle.com GOOD ALTERNATE: Prime Time Shuttle ~ For online reservations, call 800-733-8267, or go to www.primetimeshuttle.com Visit www.burbankairport.com for further transportation information.

 

Los Angeles/LAX to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
SuperShuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx. $16 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 24 minutes, depending on traffic/time of day 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles from LAX to the hotel

   

Door-to-door shared van service from LAX to destination. Shuttle vans pick up passengers on the Lower/Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the "Shared Ride Vans". Advance reservations are required. Call for current rates as prices are subject to change without notice. Website: www.supershuttle.com // SuperShuttle local phone: (310) 782-6600 GOOD ALTERNATE: Prime Time Shuttle ~ For online reservations, call 800-733-8267, or go to www.primetimeshuttle.com

 

Los Angeles Union Station (AMTRAK) to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab
phone: 877-733-3305

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Around $10+ per ride one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 5 to 10 minutes depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

Under 2 miles from Union Station to the hotel

   

Easiest way from Union Station to hotel is by taxi. You may also use DASH public bus. OPT.#1 (M-F 6:30-6:30; Sat-Sun 10-5): Take Red Line train from Union Station to 7th/Figueroa St. & catch DASH F bus; go to 4th/Figueroa St. (hotel on corner) DASH runs every 10-20min. OPT.#2 (M-F Only 5:50AM-6:30PM): Exit Union Station at main entrance. Turn right & cross Alameda St. Catch DASH B at Alameda/Los Angeles St. Get off at 7th/Flower St. Cross 7th St. & catch DASH A. Ride to hotel at 4th/Figueroa St.

 

Los Angeles/LAX to The L.A. Downtown Hotel

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Prime Time Shuttle
phone: 800-733-8267
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 p/p one-way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 24 minutes, depending on traffic/time of day 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles from LAX to the hotel

   

Prime Time website: www.primetimeshuttle.com for online reservations They provide door-to-door shared van service from LAX to destination. Shuttle vans pick up passengers on the Lower/ Arrival Level islands in front of each terminal under the orange sign "Shared Ride Vans". CALL FOR CURRENT FARE AS PRICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Advance reservations are required. LAX website for further transportation information: www.lawa.org/lax

 

Los Angeles/LAX to Union Station LA Downtown

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
FlyAway Bus
phone: 866-435-9529

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 p/p one-way; $14 p/p round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic/time of day 

 

Distance:

 

18 miles from LAX to the LA Downtown Hotel

   

LAX FlyAway nonstop bus service available between LAX and Union Station 24 hrs a day. LAX departures arrive for pick-up at Terminal 1, lower level, on the hour, and then stops are made at each terminal thereafter. From Union Station, travel by taxi or DASH bus to hotel. The one-way fare is around $10. If using the DASH (or Red Line train/DASH combo), please read instructions in the Amtrak train section for more details. DASH fare $0.35 one-way. Red Line fare $1.50/adult & $0.55/seniors.

 
Driving Directions
  DETAILED PARKING INSTRUCTIONS Valet parking is available at the hotel at the rate of $35/day. (See the concierge for further details.) MORE AFFORDABLE OPTION: Other parking @ $18/day is available half a block away from the hotel in one particular section of the World Trade Center (WTC) parking garage. To access this section, one must be careful to enter ONLY at the 3rd St. entrance to the garage. Upon entry, bear to the left and follow the signs marked MONTHLY/ VISITORS Parking. Note: The hotel is located at 333 S. Figueroa St., which is a one-way street going north. Participants may want to drop off their luggage first at the hotel front entrance before parking their cars. On exiting the hotel driveway onto S. Figueroa St., pull over to the far right lane and turn immediately onto 3rd St. going east. The desired WTC garage entrance is on the right, less than halfway down the street. DO NOT ENTER the WTC garage from either the Figueroa or Flower St. entrances because you may be charged up to $36/day or more for overnight parking. PARKING RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. Therefore, please read the garage parking rate sign carefully when entering to verify the maximum daily charge. There is a pedestrian walkway from the WTC parking garage to the hotel.
  From Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take the 5 Freeway South to the 110 Freeway South. Exit at Wilshire Blvd. and make a left turn on S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side at the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
  From LAX to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take Sepulveda Blvd. South to the 105 Freeway East to the 110 Freeway North. Take the 9th St. exit and make a left turn onto S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side at the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
  From Orange County to The L.A. Downtown Hotel Take the 5 Freeway North to US-101 North toward LA/Civic Center. Take the 110 Harbor Freeway South toward San Pedro. Exit at 6th St/4th St toward Wilshire Blvd/Downtown/3rd St. Take the ramp toward 3rd St. Turn left on S. Beaudry Ave. Turn left onto W. 4th St. Turn left onto S. Figueroa St. The hotel is on your left-hand side on the corner of 3rd and Figueroa Sts.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Independent Arrivals
(Tuesday, March 26)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Check into Marriott Los Angeles Downtown after 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and any other administrative issues as well as answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.

 Evening: CROSSING POINTS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introductory Classes/Guided walk of Music Center
(Wednesday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Introductory classes to Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella

After class, group will walk across the street to DASH stop for a short ride to the Music Center.

 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Café

With its sweeping cathedral ceiling and open, inviting interior, the Café is situated in one of the most architecturally impressive locations within Walt Disney Concert Hall. Guests can hand-select a delicious meal from the contemporary marketplace cafe, which features gourmet specialty foods including sandwiches, salad, cheese and charcuterie plates and soups and a daily menu of entrees.

 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Guided Walk of Music Center

The Symphonian Tour takes visitors into portions of all four Music Center venues and includes architectural highlights, a historical overview of the Music Center, Resident Companies and educational programming.

This 60 minute walk includes the lobby level only of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Opera House!

A picture journey to famous world opera houses, with some basics on theater architecture, design and stagecraft.

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Pre-Performance talk and Opera at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
(Thursday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Opera instructor continues to prepare participants for evening performance.
 Lunch: Lunch at hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Behind the Scenes: Stage Managing

Gain an insider's view of what goes on behind the curtain from a member of the production stage management team

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: PERFORMANCE AND CLASS

LA Opera Pre Performance lecture for Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella

OVERVIEW

In her impoverished father's castle, a kindhearted girl dreams of escaping the tyranny of her vain stepsisters. When the prince announces that he will choose his bride at a glamorous ball, she seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny.

Rossini's warmhearted retelling of the Cinderella story is a delightfully romantic comedy, brought to life by the dazzling vocal fireworks of an exciting young cast and a production new to Los Angeles!

Running Time

Two hours and 55 minutes, including one intermission. Evening performances: 7:30-10:25 p.m. (approximately)

   
Accommodations: The L.A. Downtown Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Independent Departures
(Friday, March 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Critique of Gioachino Rossini's Cinderella

HOTEL CHECK OUT: This concludes the program. We hope you have enjoyed our LA Opera program and will join us for other rewarding adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau
Because Los Angeles offers the visitor a wide range of activites, we suggest you contact the the LACVB and request tourism information Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau 685 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 689-8822 For additional information, visit www.lacvb.com
  Music Center
Information and performance schedules for the Music Center, home to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theater, Mark Taper Forum and Walt Disney Concert Hall are available at www.musiccenter.org For additional information, visit www.musiccenter.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Dream of Love Fulfilled: An Introduction to Romantic Opera as Literature


Author: William Wallis


Description: The author was a professional opera singer, a tenor. His love of opera, his musical experience, and his literary studies give him a solid base for analysis and commentary. The book is for the person who wishes to explore the vast and fascinating world beneath the surface of opera. It stresses the literary aspects of La Bohème, emphasizes the dramatic excellence of Carmen, considers musical aspects of La Traviata, and examines The Rake's Progress as visual art. The form and content will not alienate the beginner or disappoint the reader familiar with opera.





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