Ever wonder where your favorite LA Opera artists go when the season is over? Well, they travel the world! From Santa Fe to Salzburg, these singers have a busy summer ahead performing on stages around the globe. Read below to see where some of them are traveling before returning to Los Angeles!
Plácido Domingo, LA Opera’s Eli and Edythe Broad General Director, has a very busy summer ahead of him. He’s currently stationed in Germany for Verdi’s Macbeth at Berlin State Opera, alongside superstar soprano Anna Netrebko. He then makes his way to Madrid and Peralada, Spain for two performances of Massenet’s Thaïs, followed by a stint at the historic Beyreuth Festival to conduct three performances of Wagner’s Die Walküre. Domingo ends his summer with concert performances of Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers in Salzburg before heading to Lisbon for Operalia! Next season, he’ll appear as Rodrigo in Don Carlo and the title character in El Gato Montés: The Wildcat.
Maestro James Conlon
Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon has an equally eventful summer, with performances both domestically and abroad. Highlights include conducting Verdi’s Falstaff at Wiener Staatsoper, followed by Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif. He can be seen on the podium next season in LA Opera’s productions of Don Carlo, Hansel and Gretel, The Clemency of Titus and La Traviata.
Liv Redpath, who will enter her third season as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist, sings Zerbinetta in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos at Santa Fe Opera in July and August. Next season at LAO, Redpath sings Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Voce dal Cielo (Voice from Heaven) in Verdi’s Don Carlos.
LA Opera Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin will also be in Santa Fe this summer, conducting John Adams’ Doctor Atomic. The production also features Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist alum Ben Bliss as Robert Wilson. Meredith Arwady, who appeared as Zita in 2015’s performance of Gianni Schicchi, sings the role of Pasqualita. Aucoin returns to LAO next season to conduct the world premiere of Joby Talbot’s Vampyr.
Sean Panikkar, who makes his LA Opera debut as M.K. Gandhi in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha in October, spends his summer in at the famed Salzburg Festival as Dionysus in Hans Warner Henze’s The Bassarids. Previous engagements for the up-and-coming tenor included performances at Michigan Opera Theater, Pittsburgh Opera and Opera de Montréal.
Tenor Russell Thomas is no stranger to Los Angeles, having already appeared in LAO’s productions of Tosca and Norma. In July, he’ll sing the title role in Verdi’s Otello with LA Philharmonic. He returns to LA Opera in March 2019 as the title role in Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus.
So Young Park
As a former member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, soprano So Young Park has performed The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Olympia in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann and more with the company. This summer, she sings Marie in Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment with Wendy Taucher Opera Theater in Martha’s Vinyard. She returns to LAO next season as Miss Schlesen in Satyagraha.
Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong made her LA Opera debut as Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville where she was praised for her “combination of autumnal richness and easy flexibility” by LA Times. She returns to LAO next season as Sesto in The Clemency of Titus — but first, she heads to Glyndebourne Festival as Suzuki, one of her signature roles, in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She then sings a performance as Hansel in Hansel and Gretel at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Baritone Theo Hoffman recently completed his second and final season as a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist. He is currently stationed in Des Moines, IA, performing the Steward in Jonathan Dove’s Flight with Des Moines Metro Opera. He returns to La Opera next season as Mr. Kallenbach in Satyagraha.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.