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Die Frau on Schatten: Iconic Productions Day 8

“[Designer] Hockney has turned the opera into a scenic wonderland of gleaming, fluidly changing, primary colors. Everything looks very pretty and very painterly, from the stylized panoramas of winding roads, lakes and ornamental trees in the upper realms to the dye-dripped platform that functions as Barak’s modest hovel.” – Martin Bernheimer, Los Angeles Times Music Critic (1993)

Franz Grundheber as Barak and Gwyneth Jones as his wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten (1993); Photo Credit: Ken Howard

Franz Grundheber as Barak and Gwyneth Jones as his wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten (1993); Photo Credit: Ken Howard

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#LAO30Images Iconic Productions Day 2: Tristan und Isolde

David Hockney’s 1987 Tristan und Isolde came out of a newly formed company looking to innovate and connect with the Los Angeles community. It was an LA affair with bold, wildly colored sets (designed in Hockney’s Hollywood Hills studio), a west coast born and bred cast, including stunning soprano, Jeannine Altmeyer, and Zubin Mehta vibrantly conducting the LA Philharmonic in the pit.

William Johns as Tristan and Jeannine Altmeyer as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde; Photo Credit: Frederic Ohringer

William Johns as Tristan and Jeannine Altmeyer as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde; Photo Credit: Frederic Ohringer

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