The 15/16 season may have come to an end, but the halls of LA Opera are still abuzz with staff and artists working on the upcoming 16/17 season. Auditions are being held for supernumeraries in season opener Macbeth and the show’s set is also currently being built at Studio Sereno. Preparations for other productions and events for the fall are also underway. Can’t wait? Neither can we. See what all the excitement’s about below.
Plácido Domingo and James Conlon unite to kick off the season with Verdi’s Macbeth
The season opens with a new production of Verdi’s Macbeth (September 17 through October 16, 2016), starring Plácido Domingo in the title role and conducted by James Conlon. Ekaterina Semenchuk will perform the role of the treacherous Lady Macbeth. LA Opera’s first production of Macbeth since 1987 will be staged by Darko Tresnjak, director of the 2015 hit The Ghosts of Versailles.
Matthew Aucoin conducts company premiere of Akhnaten by Philip Glass
An astonishing 1984 opera by Philip Glass, Akhnaten comes to Los Angeles (November 5 through 27, 2016) in a new co-production with English National Opera directed by Phelim McDermott. LA Opera’s first-ever Artist in Residence, Matthew Aucoin, will conduct a cast led by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo in the title role.
“Orient Express” production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio
James Conlon conducts LA Opera’s first performances in 21 years of Mozart’s comic gem The Abduction from the Seraglio (January 28 through February 19, 2017). Director James Robinson cleverly stages the action aboard the Orient Express during the Roaring Twenties. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak returns as Konstanze and tenor Joel Prieto makes his company debut as Belmonte, with bass Morris Robinson as Osmin.
Salome – the most scandalous work in opera history returns to LA Opera
LA Opera’s iconic Peter Hall production of Richard Strauss’ Salome, first presented during the company’s inaugural season in 1986, returns to make its mark on the 21st century (February 18 through March 19, 2017). James Conlon conducts a world-class cast led by soprano Patricia Acetate in the title role and baritone Tómas Tómasson (The Flying Dutchman, 2013) as John the Baptist. Salome always creates a stir and with the lineup of stars working on the piece next season, it is sure to be a magically scandalous affair.
Diana Damrau’s gets inside the minds of four, different heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann
One of the most prominent sopranos of our time, Diana Damrau sings all four heroines in The Tales of Hoffmann (March 25 through April 15, 2017) – a feat very few artists can undertake given their complexity and intensity. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo sings the title role, with bass-baritone Nicolas Testé as the four villains. Marta Domingo’s staging, last presented in Los Angeles in 2002, captures the half-remembered, half-fantasy dream world of Offenbach’s final masterpiece.
Sondra Radvanovsky returns in Tosca
The electrifying Sondra Radvanovsky reprises the role of her 2013 Los Angeles triumph, the title role of Puccini’s Tosca (April 22 through May 13, 2017) in the thrilling production directed by John Caird. Conducted by James Conlon, Tosca features a cast that also includes tenor Russell Thomas as Cavaradossi and baritone Egils Silins in his company debut as Scarpia.
Semi-staged concert performances of Wonderful Town
Kicking off a three-season celebration leading up to the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, LA Opera’s Resident Conductor Grant Gershon conducts three special performances of his classic 1953 musical, Wonderful Town (December 2 through 4, 2016). Bernstein’s bright and brassy score, combined with brilliant lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, make Wonderful Town one of the greatest treasures of Broadway’s Golden Age. (All-star cast to be announced soon.)
The seven productions mentioned above will be presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012.
Diverse Off Grand presentations
LA Opera’s Off Grand initiative was developed to expand on traditional ideas of the operatic experience by experimenting with performance spaces, creative artists new to the genre and a variety of musical styles. Four Off Grand presentations have been announced for LA Opera’s 2016/17 season:
The west coast premiere of The Source will be performed at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) from October 19 through 23, 2016. Launching a third season of collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects to present contemporary works in an intimate environment, this penetrating “modern-day oratorio” by composer Ted Hearne dives into the media hysteria surrounding Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning, the Army private who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks.
Composer/conductor Matthew Aucoin, LA Opera’s incoming Artist in Residence, will create, curate and conduct a new score for director F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent screen classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. On Halloween weekend, the film will be screened as Mr. Aucoin leads a chamber orchestra in live performances of the score—incorporating music by composers of Murnau’s time such as Schreker, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Webern and Berg, as well as new music composed by Mr. Aucoin himself. Nosferatu will be presented at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, a 1927 Spanish Gothic movie palace, on October 29 and 31, 2016.
LA Opera and Beth Morrison Projects will present the west coast premiere of Thumbprint, an astonishing true story of courage and triumph, at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012) from June 15 through 18, 2017. A dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with Hindustani and European opera influences, explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female victim of gang rape to bring her attackers to justice in Pakistan.
Benjamin Britten’s charming opera for all ages, Noah’s Flood, will return to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012), conducted by James Conlon. Two community performances on May 6, 2017, will be presented free of charge for family audiences, featuring several hundred student and amateur performers along with professional artists and musicians from LA Opera.
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