LA Opera 2016

Kate Walsh, Isabel Allende, Placido Domingo join guests at LA Opera Ball celebrating “Macbeth”



Standing onstage on the Music Center Plaza, the L.A. Opera’s general director, Plácido Domingo, welcomed 400 guests to Saturday’s Opera Ball, but not without joking about his title role in the night’s production of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Macbeth” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

“Now, my God, do I have problems,” he said, as he introduced Ekaterina Semenchuk, his Lady Macbeth, describing his character’s return from battle, expecting a wonderful night but instead discovering, “She offers me murder. Wow.”

Beneath the stars and a nearly full moon …


Click here to read my entire story, which includes conversations with Kate Walsh and Isabel Allende, and scroll down to see the pictures.

As an aside, meeting Isabel Allende was a real treat for me, as I’ve read most of her books and include her “Daughter of Fortune” and “Portrait in Sepia” among my all-time favorite novels.


Top photo: Opera stars Arturo Chácon-Cruz, left, and Ekaterina Semenchek, right, flank actress Kate Walsh and conductor James Conlon at the LA Opera Ball 2016 (photo, Steve Cohn Photography)

Second photo: Placido Domingo with author Isabel Allende at the LA Opera Ball 2016  (photo, Steve Cohn Photography)

Third photo: Lucky me – here’s Placido Domingo posing with me, left, and actress and former Miss Ireland Olivia Tracey at the LA Opera Ball 2016 – Ellen Olivier (photo, Steve Cohn Photography)



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Published Oct. 2, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA