Five Things To Know Before You See ‘Jonah and the Whale’

On March 16 and 17, LA Opera Education Department mounts the return of Jonah and the Whale, an opera for audiences of all ages by composer Jack Perla and librettist Velina Hasu Houston. Following in the tradition of previous Cathedral Project productions, Jonah and the Whale features professional opera singers in the leading roles and members of the LA Opera Orchestra, performing along with a large group of community-based performers drawn from schools, churches, choirs and orchestras from every part of Los Angeles.

Interested in attending? Here for five elements of the upcoming production that make it worth seeing! You can purchase tickets by clicking here.

A scene from LA Opera Education Department's 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard ©)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard)

James Conlon at the Podium

Music Director James Conlon at the conductor's podium (Photo: Ben Gibbs)

Music Director James Conlon at the podium in LA Opera’s 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Ben Gibbs)

James Conlon, LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, will conduct Jonah and the Whale. The orchestra includes members of the LA Opera orchestra playing alongside students from local high schools.

The Los Angeles Community Onstage

A scene from LA Opera Education Department's 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard ©)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard)

Over 400 community performers will join LA Opera artists onstage as they bring to life the biblical hero’s struggle with God and faith, his reluctance to forgive, and ultimate enlightenment through the encouragement of a feisty chorus of krill and other sea-creatures met in the belly of the famous whale.

LA Opera Artists – Rising Stars and Favorites

A scene from LA Opera Education Department's 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard ©)

Tenor Matthew O’Neill in a scene from LA Opera Education Department’s 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard)

Tenor Matthew O’Neill returns to the belly of the whale as Jonah, alongside several members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, including mezzo-soprano Taylor Raven, tenors Brian Michael Moore and Joshua Wheeker, and baritone Juan Carlos Heredia.

Stunning Venue

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (Photo: Robert Millard)

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles (Photo: Robert Millard)

Jonah and the Whale will be performed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles. Filled with beautiful artwork, the majestic modern cathedral has been home to LA Opera’s Community Opera for the last 12 years.

And lastly…The Whale!

A scene from LA Opera Education Department's 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard)

A scene from LA Opera’s 2014 production of Jonah and the Whale (Photo: Robert Millard)

The famous whale requires 13 performers to bring to life. Look out for his tail!

For more information or to purchase tickets to Jonah and the Whale, click here.

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2 Responses to Five Things To Know Before You See ‘Jonah and the Whale’

  1. Norman Brown says:

    I was to be a member of the community base cast, but a temporary medical issue kept me from the rehearsals and performance. I want to be apprised of any further such opportunities that arise, please. Thank you.

  2. Margaret says:

    I’m well prepared now. Thanks a lot!

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