On March 19, 2022, LA Opera will present two performances of Carla Lucero’s “The Three Women of Jerusalem” (Las tres mujeres de Jerusalén), conducted by Music Director James Conlon and performed by a cast of hundreds in a monumental staging at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. More than 100 additional cast members will join in virtually from around the world, through pre-recorded performances projected onto large screens inside the Cathedral.


Carla Lucero is both composer and librettist of the newly commissioned, family-friendly opera, which will be directed by Eli Villanueva. Performers will include amateur singers and instrumentalists of all ages from the greater Los Angeles community, along with LA Opera’s professional soloists and members of the LA Opera Orchestra.

Presented free of charge as a gift to Los Angeles families, the performances will be sung in Spanish with projected English translation. “The Three Women of Jerusalem” is based on the Passion narrative of the Eighth Station of the Cross, depicting the women who weep for Jesus as He is forced toward the crucifixion. The opera imagines what these unnamed women were like, showing the experiences of ordinary people sharing their compassion when confronted with evil.

“The Three Women of Jerusalem” will be the first opera in The Song of Los Angeles, a five-opera cycle of community opera performances around the county leading up to the Olympic celebrations in Los Angeles in 2028. The next production in the cycle will be “On Gold Mountain” by Nathan Wang and Lisa See, opening on May 5 at The Huntington – visit the website for more info. 

Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Tickets are only available online at LAOpera.org/ThreeWomen. There is a $1 handling fee per order and a four-ticket limit per household, subject to availability. Vaccination is required for entrance; please see additional information below.

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What: Free Performance, “The Three Women of Jerusalem” 
Where: The Cathedral, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles CA 90012
When: March 19, 2022, 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Website: https://www.laopera.org