About Us

Lisa Sutton, Artistic Director

Among the most extraordinary musicians in the world are those you seldom see – the musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.

I am pleased and honored to lead these GRAMMY-winning artists from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles – hence the name “Pittance”, a play on words referring to these smaller offerings from the orchestra pit. To further elevate the experience, we have added beautiful voices from the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists Program. By performing together in smaller groups and smaller venues we endeavor to personalize opera, allowing audiences a more intimate view of the extraordinary resident artists who are the heart and soul of the opera company.

Our goal is to explore the chamber music repertoire, and to present our audiences with a variety of unique mixed ensembles drawn from our large pool of instrumental and vocal artists. Whether the pieces are familiar old friends or new acquaintances, our concert hosts will enlighten your experience with interesting perspectives and anecdotes about the music and the performers.

We invite you to join us and share our excitement as we continue on this unique musical journey.

Lisa Sutton
Artistic Director

Pittance was created in 2013 by Artistic Director Lisa Sutton, who is the Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. The original idea behind Pittance was to raise up the extraordinary yet invisible musicians of the LA Opera Orchestra from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles (hence the name Pittance). Since 2013, the ranks of Pittance have been expanded to include vocalists from the LA Opera Chorus and the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists Program. By presenting these performers in smaller groups and smaller venues Pittance endeavors to personalize opera, giving audiences a more intimate view of the resident artists who are the heart and soul of the opera company.

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