LA Opera has announced its lineup for next season, and it looks like a significant upgrade from the relatively safe fare they’ve been offering the last couple of years. There are some safe bets, with the requisite hefty dose of artistic director Plácido Domingo in two of the six mainstage productions, as well and the reprise of his wife’s 1920s-inspired production of La Traviata. But the season offers some creative stretch, including an opera about Gandhi by Philip Glass, the return of LA’s beloved baritone Rod Gilfry in the Pulitzer Prize-winning the loser by David Lang, and Mozart’s magnificent La Clemenza di Tito, just to name a few.
More details about the season are below, and on LAO’s website. We’re looking forward to seeing the company continue to expand its boundaries.
Email release follows.
BREAKING NEWS: Announcing the 2018/19 Season!
January 18, 2017
GREATER THAN THE SUM OF ITS ARTS:
LA OPERA PRESENTS ITS 2018/19 SEASON!
Dear LA Opera Family,
Plácido Domingo has announced LA Opera’s 2018/19 season, which is filled with magnificent productions of classic favorites and treasured rarities that may be new to you.
To launch the season, Plácido Domingo continues his exploration of the Verdi baritone repertory as Rodrigo in Don Carlo, also starring Ramón Vargas and Ana María Martínez, conducted by James Conlon. The season continues with Satyagraha by Philip Glass and conducted by Grant Gershon, in a visionary production by the director of our recent production of Akhnaten. The fall concludes with James Conlon conducting the holiday favorite Hansel and Gretel, starring Susan Graham as the wicked Witch.
In 2019, James Conlon conducts a stunning new production of Mozart’s final masterpiece The Clemency of Titus (La Clemenza di Tito) starring Russell Thomas in the title role. In May, Plácido Domingo returns to star as El Gato Montés: The Wildcat, a classic of Spanish lyrical theater that is close to his heart. The mainstage season concludes with Verdi’s La Traviata in our acclaimed Art Deco production filled with glamour and romance, conducted by James Conlon.
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LA OPERA OFF GRAND
Our acclaimed Off Grand series kicks off with our return to the spectacularly spooky Theatre at the Ace Hotel for Vampyr, the classic horror film by Carl Theodor Dryer accompanied by an all new score by acclaimed composer Joby Talbot and conducted by Artist in Residence Matthew Aucoin. Then our collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects and REDCAT continues with the world premiere of Prism, a harrowing tale of a mother and daughter locked away from the world. We conclude in February with Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s the loser, starring Rod Gilfry in a production that makes innovative new use of the Theatre at the Ace Hotel.
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE OPERA!