Since LA Opera’s first season in 1986, Los Angeles is not the only place in the world that you can experience one of the company’s productions. Over the years, they’ve been rented and staged by other opera companies, produced during festivals, and even shown on the big screen. LA Opera’s innovative and beloved productions travel the world, sharing the spirit of Los Angeles and a love of opera with people far and wide.
Here are three productions that have traveled the world in recent years.
Salome (1986; 1989; 1998; 2001; 2017)
LA Opera’s iconic production of Strauss’s Salome (which returns to the LA Opera stage February 18) originally premiered during our first season in 1986. Adapted from the scandalous play by Oscar Wilde, Salome is a seductively beautiful tapestry of the subconscious. The princess Salome becomes infatuated by her stepfather’s prisoner, John the Baptist, and she determines to have him…whatever the cost.
This production of Salome is well traveled and has been staged both close to home (at San Diego Opera) across the country (Washington National Opera) and around the world (on tour with the Savonlinna Festival in Finland and as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival in China).
Il Postino (2010)
LA Opera commissioned Il Postino from composer Daniel Catán and the production opened the company’s 25th Anniversary Season, starring Plácido Domingo as the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Based on the Academy Award-winning 1994 Italian film of the same name that became a surprise hit with audiences around the world and also on the 1985 novel Ardiente Paciencia by Antonio Skármeta, Il Postino tells the story of a shy young postman in a tiny Italian fishing village, who discovers the courage to pursue his dreams through his daily deliveries to his only customer, a famous poet.
Il Postino is one of LA Opera’s most widely traveled productions. From 2010 to 2013, the opera was staged at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France (both of whom were co-producers); Teatro Real in Madrid, Spain; Teatro Municipal de Santiago in Chile; and in Guanajuato and Mexico City, Mexico (home country of composer Daniel Catán).
Plácido Domingo sang the role of Neruda in the majority of the performances of Il Postino and the production even aired on PBS’s Great Performances, sharing the beauty of Catán’s music with hundreds of thousands of viewers and audience members.
Gianni Schicchi (2008; 2015)
In 2008 and 2015, LA Opera staged a riotous production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi directed by Woody Allen. The story is about a bunch of greedy relatives, who descend upon their kinsman’s deathbed, and enlist Gianni Schicchi to rewrite the will to their benefit. Handed an opportunity too good to resist, the devious Schicchi turns the tables, securing the future happiness of two young lovers in the process.
This production of Schicchi has delighted audiences at Teatro Real de Madrid in Spain and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Additionally, LA Opera produced a DVD of the 2015 staging, starring Plácido Domingo as the title character, which has been seen around the world. It’s been shown on television throughout Europe and is currently showing this season in multiple cities in Brazil (and 35 cinemas) as part of the country’s Opera Na Tela film festival.
These are just three of the many LA Opera productions that have been staged worldwide. Take a look at the map and list below to learn where in the world our productions have traveled.
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Salt Lake City, UT
New York, NY
Mexico City, Mexico
Brazil (multiple cities)
Monte Carlo, Monaco
St. Petersburg, Russia
Tel Aviv, Israel
Hong Kong, China
Auckland, New Zealand
For more information about and to purchase tickets to our productions, visit our website.LA Opera is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the greater good.