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City Beat: Talking turkey at the L.A. Opera

City Beat: Talking turkey at the L.A. Opera
Reporters surround a turkey feast staged backstage at the L.A. Opera before a rehearsal of "Falstaff" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. (Christina House / For The Times)

What do turkey and opera have in common?

The L.A. Opera recently invited food writers and bloggers in to see.

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Opera staff members gave them a backstage tour as they prepared to stage Verdi's "Falstaff," in celebration of the Italian composer's 200th birthday.

"Falstaff" opens Saturday. For each performance, a turkey will be cooked to be served onstage.

For my latest City Beat story, I visited the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to find out more about the opera's edible props.

Read my latest City Beat to learn more about divas and food.

Keep reading here to see the story in photos that I sent out on Twitter.

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