Catán, Kosky and Domingo, oh my! LA Opera Announced Their New Season
Today, LA Opera announced its 2014-15 season. Six productions; 41 performances, including the season-opener which features the two company directors in collaboration: General Director Plácido Domingo singing the role of Giogio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, with Music Director James Conlon conducting. Opposite Domingo as Violetta, will be an LA Opera regular: soprano Nino Machaidze.
Fans of LA Opera’s recent production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (count me among them!) will be pleased to see Barrie Kosky’s name on the schedule. Two operas will get Kosky’s innovative touch: a double bill of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. When can I buy my tickets?
2014-15 will also mark the return of the music of Daniel Catán. The late composer had a long history with LA Opera, and the company will present Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas in the fall.
Beyond the mainstage series, LA Opera will also present two LA premieres in its Off Grand series. Hercules vs. Vampires is billed as a mash-up of opera and film, synchronizing an operatic score by composer Patrick Morganelli with the visuals of Mario Bava’s cult fantasy film Hercules in the Haunted World.
The West Coast premiere of Dog Days, by David T. Little, will be presented in partnership with REDCAT and is set for performances in June, 2015. The work incorporates elements of opera, musical theater and rock-infused concert music.
Last, and certainly not least, one of my favorite sopranos, Sondra Radvanovsky, returns for a recital on November 8, 2014.
All of the details about 2014-15 at LA Opera are available HERE. Toi Toi Toi!