Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into an outdoor opera house for one evening in September when Los Angeles Opera hosts a free, high-definition screening of "La Traviata."
The live screening is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 and is open to the public, though tickets for entry are required. L.A. Opera said it encourages audiences to bring folding chairs or blankets for seating.
"La Traviata" will be simulcast live from the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where the production is scheduled to run from Sept. 13 to 28. The opera, conducted by James Conlon, stars Placido Domingo and Nino Machaidze. Marta Domingo, wife of the famed singer, directed the Art Deco-inspired revival staging. The screening will be the first in a new biannual series of free live video broadcasts sponsored by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
In 2010, L.A. Opera hosted free outdoor screenings of its production of "Il Postino," which also starred Domingo. The 73-year-old singer is also the general director of L.A. Opera.