After a brief pause for the holidays, LA Opera is back for 2019! We have a busy few weeks until we officially return for our 2018/19 season, but there is already plenty to look forward to. From the return of Maestro Plácido Domingo to operas gracing the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion for the first time, it will be a season to remember.
Take a look at some highlights we have in store for the next few months!
David Lang’s the loser is the first opera on our Off-Grand stage of the new year. Hailed as “boldly unconventional” and “engrossingly ambiguous” by The New York Times, Lang’s opera tells the story of two piano prodigies at a master class who encounter an even greater talent: the virtuoso pianist Glenn Gould, on the cusp of superstardom. Baritone Rod Gilfry, last seen as Walt Whitman in LA Opera’s concert version of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing, stars in the tour-de-force performance of a role he created at the work’s premiere in 2016. This production marks the West Coast premiere of the loser.
LA Opera is excited to present Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus for the first time, opening March 2. And not only is the opera new to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, but it also marks a brand-new production by director Thaddeus Strassberger. In a drama marked by inner struggle of love, justice and loyalty, The Clemency of Titus stars fast-rising tenor Russell Thomas in the title role. The production also stars Guanqun Yu is Vitellia, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as Sesto and former Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Janai Brugger as Servillia.
Eli and Edythe Broad General Director Plácido Domingo returns to the LA Opera stage in Manuel Penella’s seldom-staged opera El Gato Montés: The Wildcat. In one of the greatest masterpieces of the Spanish lyrical theater, a beautiful woman (superstar soprano Ana María Martínez) stirs a fatal rivalry between a renowned bullfighter (tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz) and a bandit on the run. The performance opens on May 4, 2019.
As always, LA Opera is proud to feature our exceptionally talented Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists on the main stage as often as possible. Mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, most recently seen as The Sandman in Hansel and Gretel, makes her role debut as Annio in The Clemency of Titus. Baritones Juan Carlos Heredia and Michael J. Hawk also make role debuts as Hormigón and Caireles, respectively, in El Gato Montés: The Wildcat. Finally, Heredia returns as Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata in June, alongside soprano Erica Petrocelli as Annina.
After her triumphant debut as Gilda in last season’s Rigoletto, soprano Adela Zaharia returns to LA Opera as Violetta in Verdi’s quintessential La Traviata. In one of opera’s most beloved and tragic tales, Marta Domingo’s production updates the setting to the Art Deco era, complete with decadent pleasures, dazzling parties and wealthy admirers. La Traviata opens on June 1 and also stars Rame Lahaj and Charles Castronovo in alternating performances as Alfredo.
We are excited to see you all in the new year! What are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below!LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.