14 January 2014

LA Opera's 2014-15 Season to Feature Dido-Bluebeard Double Bill; Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas; West Coast Premiere of Ghosts of Versailles 

Los Angeles Opera's 2014-15 season, announced today by the company's general director, Plácido Domingo, will feature a revival of Marta Domingo's production of La Traviata; a double bill of Dido and Aeneas and Bluebeard's Castle by director Barrie Kosky; performances of Daniel Catán's Florencia en el Amazonas; and the presentation of three operas based on, or inspired by, Beaumarchais's "Figaro" plays, John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles — in its West Coast premiere — The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.  

The season proper, which will be comprised of forty-one performances of six mainstage productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, will be supplemented by three other works as part of the company's Off Grand series: music director James Conlon will lead performances of Britten's Noye's Fludde at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in March 2015; Hercules vs. Vampires will present a mashup of an operatic score by Patrick Morganelli with Mario Bava's fantasty film Hercules in the Haunted World; and Dog Days, an opera by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek, will receive its West Coast premiere in partnership with REDCAT and Beth Morrison Projects. 

The season, assembled by Domingo, Conlon and LA Opera's president and CEO Christopher Koelsch, will open with Traviata, which will feature Nino Machaidze as Violetta and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont; Arturo Chacón-Cruz will sing Alfredo, and the performances will be conducted by Conlon. 

Barrie Kosky's double bill of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle, which will come to LA Opera after having premiered at Frankfurt Opera, will feature Paula Murrihy as Dido and Liam Bonner as Aeneas; Robert Hayward and Claudia Mahnke will make their company debuts as Bluebeard and Judith. 

The late Daniel Catán's Florencia will feature Verónica Villarroel in the title role, Lisette Oropesa as Rosalba, and Arturo Chacón-Cruz as Arcadio. Francesca Zambello's  production — which was first presented by LA Opera in 1997 — has been revised and updated; the performances will be conducted by Grant Gershon, LA Opera's resident conductor.

The first third of the company's "Figaro Trilogy," John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles, will take the stage in February in a new production by Darko Tresnjak with Conlon conducting the score. Patricia Racette will sing the role of Marie Antoinette, while Patti LuPone will appear as the Turkish entertainer Samira; Christopher Maltman will make his company debut as Beaumarchais, Lucas Meachem will sing Figaro and Richard Croft will sing the role of Count Almaviva. 

Emilio Sagi's production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia will play in February and March under Conlon's baton. Rodion Pogossov sings the titular barber, René Barbera will sing Almaviva and mezzo Elizabeth DeShong will take on the role of Rosina. 

Performances of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro will feature Pretty Yende as Susanna, Nicola Alaimo as Figaro, Ryan McKinny as Count Almaviva and Guanqun Yu's Countess. Conlon paces Ian Judge's production, which was last seen at LA Opera in 2010. 

In addition to the three operas inspired by Beaumarchais's plays, the company will also present Figaro Unbound: Culture, Power and Revolution at Play, a series of events featuring a variety of programming over a three-month period that will investigate the revolutionary spirit of the plays as well as consider the ways that art impacts social change. "I am looking forward to the robust conversations that will be engendered by Figaro Unbound and the programming of three different operas based on the Beaumarchais plays," said Koelsch. "It’s a great opportunity for us to reassert the role of the opera house as a center of intellectual and artistic debate, and to explore the many ways that the arts have influenced history.”

In November, the company will also present soprano Sondra Radvanovsky in recital at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. spacer

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