Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera: Verdi ... For A Song!
It’s a heady time for opera in Los Angeles. Next weekend, LA Opera presents Verdi’s Falstaff (through Dec. 1) conducted by James Conlon and starring Roberto Frontali as Shakespeare’s most lovable bumbling boozer; in the realm of new opera, Invisible Cities, the Industry’s runaway success at Union Station, is playing to sell-out crowds, and has actually added performances. Long Beach Opera is continuing its typically adventurous season with a real hidden treasure: Duke Ellington’s only opera, Queenie-Pie, coming in January.
Meanwhile, for those of you who would like to just dip a toe into this repertoire I’ve come to adore, and can’t ever get enough of, there’s intimate, affordable staged opera, courtesy of a relatively new community opera group called LA Metropolitan. Yes, they show chutzpah in their very name as well as the rep: they’re performing staged productions of Verdi’s Il Trovatore this weekend and next just west of downtown Los Angeles and in Santa Monica (see below for schedule and locales).
The company is the brainchild of two sopranos, Linda Jackson, an accomplished studio turned opera singer, along with the late Ella Lee. Jackson dropped by the KUSC studios to tell me how one builds a community opera company on a shoestring….in Los Angeles!
The Pacific Palisades-based LA Metropolitan Opera presents Verdi’s Il Trovatore at All Soul’s Chapel at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles this weekend---Saturday and Sunday November 2 and 3 at 3pm. The production then moves westward to Santa Monica’s Church in Ocean Park for performances Saturday Nov. 9 at 7pm and Sunday November 10th at 3pm. For tickets and more information visit www.losangelesmet.com
Or call 310-570-6448. Suggested donation is $25 per ticket in advance; $35 at the door.