Highlights From LA Opera’s 2018/19 Season!

In September, LA Opera opens its 2018-19 season! The exciting lineup includes both world and company premieres, as well as works regularly seen on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Can’t wait until then? Here are five highlights to look forward to next fall!

Artwork by Keith Rainville (LA Opera)

Artwork by Keith Rainville (LA Opera)

Company Premieres

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera's 2011 production of "Satyagraha," directed by Phelim McDermott. (Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

A scene from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2011 production of “Satyagraha,” directed by Phelim McDermott. (Photo credit: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera)

Following the immense success of our past Philip Glass’ shows, Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten, we are elated for the company premiere of Satyagraha. The piece is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed a radical new idea of nonviolent political resistance. In addition, another politically charged piece will see it’s company debut with LA Opera — Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus (La Clemenza di Tito) premieres in March with tenor Russell Thomas in the title role.

Doyen Domingo

Plácido Domingo as the title character in Macbeth (2015) in Valencia, Spain; Photo: Tato Baeza

Plácido Domingo as the title character in Macbeth (2015) in Valencia, Spain. (Photo: Tato Baeza)

Plácido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage twice (that’s right — TWICE!) in the upcoming season! He opens in the role of Rodrigo in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Sept/Oct. 2018, and returns in April/May 2019 for his role debut as the titular character in Manuel Penella’s El Gato Montés (The Wildcat).

The Baddest Witch

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (Photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

Superstar mezzo-soprano Susan Graham first debuted with LA Opera in recital in 2005 and has performed multiple times with the company ever since. At the beginning of the 2017-18 season, she assumed the new position as Artistic Advisor to the Domingo-Colburn Stein Young Artists. In November 2018, Graham sings The Witch in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel.

Return of Young Artists

(Left to Right) Sopranos So Young Park (as Olympia in 2016’s Tales of Hoffmann), Liv Redpath (as Frasquita in 2017’s Carmen) and Janai Brugger (as Musetta in 2016’s La bohème)

LA Opera takes pride in the development and growth of its Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists, many of whom are invited back to the company in principle roles following their departure from the program. Next season, we see the return of YAP alum So Young Park as Miss Schlesen in Satyagraha, Janai Brugger as Servellia in The Clemency of Titus and current young artist Liv Redpath as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.

Off Grand Premieres

A still from Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1932 film "Vampyr."

A still from Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1932 film Vampyr

LA Opera’s Off Grand initiative embodies the diversity, pioneering spirit and artistic sensibility unique to Los Angeles through the art of opera. Now approaching its sixth season, Off Grand has become a main staple in LA Opera’s season lineup. In October, the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Vampyr heads to the Theatre at ACE Hotel for our annual Halloween spectacular, followed by Ellen Reid’s Prism in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects at RECAT the following month. In February, LA Opera concludes its Off Grand season with the West Coast premiere of David Lang’s the loser, starring baritone Rod Gilfry, also at the Theatre at ACE Hotel.

For a complete guide to LA Opera’s 2018/19 season, click here.

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2 Responses to Highlights From LA Opera’s 2018/19 Season!

  1. happy wheels says:

    The piece is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed a radical new idea of nonviolent political resistance!!

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