We’ve just announced the 2017/2018 season and it’s all about the new. Five of the six mainstage productions are new to Los Angeles and two of them are company premieres. There will also be two major concerts – the first celebrating the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s first appearance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the second featuring Audra McDonald.
Can’t wait for the excitement to begin? Take a look below and get to know all the 17/18 season has in store for Los Angeles.
(presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)
Ana María Martínez returns as the famous opera femme fatale in Carmen
(Sep 9–Oct 1, 2017; production new to L.A.) — Georges Bizet
James Conlon conducts a cast that also features Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo and Amanda Woodbury as Micaëla. The production is directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford, winner of Tony, Emmy and Olivier Awards.
After seeing Carmen, experience The Pearl Fishers another Bizet gem
(Oct 7–28, 2017; company premiere) — Georges Bizet
Plácido Domingo and Grant Gershon will each conduct performances of a rarely performed treasure, directed by Penny Woolcock. Nino Machaidze returns as Leïla, her seventh leading role in Los Angeles, with superstar tenor Javier Camarena making his company debut as Nadir. The cast also includes Alfredo Daza as Zurga and Nicholas Brownlee as Nourabad.
Plácido Domingo and James Conlon unite for Nabucco
(Oct 14–Nov 19, 2017; production new to L.A.) — Giuseppe Verdi
Plácido Domingo sings the title role of the monumental opera that made Verdi famous, conducted by James Conlon. Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger, the production also features Liudmyla Monastyrska in her LAO debut as Abigaille, with Morris Robinson as Zaccaria, Mario Chang as Ismaele and Nancy Fabiola Herrera as Fenena.
Celebrate Leonard Bernstein with Candide
(Jan 27–Feb 18, 2018; company premiere) — Leonard Bernstein
In celebration of Bernstein’s 100th birthday, James Conlon conducts one of the composer’s finest stage works, in a production by Francesca Zambello. The cast includes Jack Swanson as Candide and Erin Morley as Cunegonde.
Experience opera in the underworld with Orpheus and Eurydice
(March 10–25, 2018; new production) — Christoph Willibald Gluck
A living legend in the dance world, John Neumeier directs, choreographs and designs a new production of Gluck’s enormously influential masterpiece, conducted by James Conlon and featuring the brilliant dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. The title roles are sung by Maxim Mironov and Lisette Oropesa.
Matthew Aucoin conducts a striking production of Rigoletto
(May 12–June 3, 2018) — Giuseppe Verdi
Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin conducts a revival of Mark Lamos’s striking production, headlined by two extraordinary Italian baritones. From May 12 through 19, the legendary Leo Nucci makes his company debut as Rigoletto, with Lisette Oropesa as Gilda and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as the Duke of Mantua. From May 27 through June 3, charismatic powerhouse Ambrogio Maestri takes over the title role, with Irina Lungu and Michael Fabiano making their company debuts as Gilda and the Duke.
(presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion)
(Nov 17, 2017)
On November 17, 1967, a young singer on tour with the New York City Opera took to the stage of the new Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. In the subsequent five decades, Plácido Domingo has made a profound impact on the cultural life of Los Angeles—as a singer, conductor and champion of the arts. Fifty years to the day since that remarkable debut, Plácido Domingo headlines a gala concert, joined by a legion of special guest artists and James Conlon conducting the LA Opera Orchestra, in a musical celebration of Domingo’s incomparable artistic legacy.
(May 20, 2018)
Unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actress, Audra McDonald—winner of an Emmy Award, two Grammy Awards and a record-setting six Tony Awards—returns to Los Angeles in concert with the LA Opera Orchestra.
OFF GRAND PRESENTATIONS
(presented in various venues)
(Oct 28–31, 2017; company premiere) — Philip Glass
Jean Cocteau’s cinematic masterpiece is recast with an enchanting soundtrack by composer Philip Glass, who replaced the film’s original music and dialogue with nothing less than a classical opera. As the film plays on the screen, a quartet of vocal soloists perform live in synchronization with the film actors, as Michael Riesman conducts the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Presented at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015)
(Nov 9-12, 2017; west coast premiere) — Keeril Makan
Based on the classic Ingmar Bergman film, Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity, unfolding in a taut psychological drama. The west coast premiere of Persona marks LA Opera’s fourth season of collaborations with Beth Morrison Projects.
Presented at REDCAT (631 W. Second Street, Los Angeles, 90012)
(May 26, 2018; west coast premiere) — Matthew Aucoin
In its west coast premiere, a haunting, compassionate work by Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin is based on poet Walt Whitman’s experiences tending to wounded soldiers during the Civil War. Starring Rod Gilfry as Whitman, the concert performance is conducted by the composer.
Presented at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, 90210)
(June 22-24, 2018)
The Canterville Ghost (west coast premiere) — Gordon Getty
Usher House (company premiere) — Gordon Getty
A ghostly double bill begins with The Canterville Ghost, a deft comic spin on Oscar Wilde’s witty tale, in which a 300-year-old English ghost fails to impress a family of Americans who refuse to be frightened. Writer Edgar Allen Poe takes the stage himself as the main character of Usher House, an unsettling chiller that has all the classic elements of Gothic horror: a high-strung recluse, a beautiful madwoman and a sinister doctor, all hidden away together in a crumbling manor house full of secrets.
Presented at The Broad Stage (1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, 90401)
For more information about LA Opera’s Off Grand initiative, visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.
OUTREACH AND FAMILY PROGRAMS
(presented in various venues)
LA Opera performances are experienced by vast numbers of Angelenos throughout the year, and not just through the musical events mentioned above. In its longstanding belief that the arts are essential to building our community, the company strives to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience or participate in opera. To that end, LA Opera presents a robust variety of outreach and family offerings, experienced by more than 135,000 people of all ages each season.
Highlights of these initiatives include (to mention just a few):
Saturday Mornings at the Opera
(Jan 13, 2018, and May 5, 2018)
LA Opera presents two Saturday morning, hour-long, interactive performances, preceded by fun and creative workshops for children that prepare the audience with art and music-making activities.
Presented in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012)
Jonah and the Whale
(March 16–17, 2018) — Jack Perla
James Conlon conducts an opera by composer Jack Perla and librettist Velina Hasu Houston, premiered by LA Opera in 2014. Created for audiences of all ages, and featuring more than 400 professional, amateur and student performers, the opera is presented free of charge as a gift to the community.
Presented at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012)
Great Opera Choruses
(April 28, 2018)
Grant Gershon conducts the LA Opera Chorus in a free performance featuring soloists from the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. Audience members of all ages will have the opportunity to join in the fun by singing along to the Toreador Song from Carmen and other favorites.
Presented at the Valley Performing Arts Center (18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, 91330)
(ongoing through the season)
The Community Circle seating program enables LA Opera to increase service to students, low-income senior centers, nonprofit service organizations and underserved community groups. Carefully selected groups can experience opera at a significantly reduced price (and even, at times, no cost). Over 150 tickets are set aside in the orchestra section for every mainstage performance to accommodate these special groups, who can apply online to be considered for the program. These tickets are not available for sale to the public.
For information about Community Circle, please visit LAOpera.org/CommunityCircle.