This weekend is big for high culture in Los Angeles with the LA Opera kicking off its new season. Off stage, it's trying to get past years of budget cuts, layoffs and emergency loans. We hear a report from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez, who went behind the scenes, then hear how smaller, avant garde operas, are appealing to younger audiences.
LA Opera in final rehearsals for the production of Carmen,
with Placido Domingo conducting
Photo courtesy of Saul Gonzalez