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Classical KUSC and LA Opera present the seventh consecutive season of LA Opera On Air, a weekly broadcast series of LA Opera performances recorded live at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The series is hosted by KUSC’s Duff Murphy and features six operas from LA Opera’s 2013/14 season.

LA Opera on Air is made possible by generous grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, spearheaded by the efforts of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, and from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Program Listing

May 17

Georges Bizet

No man can resist Carmen’s charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! Mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon stars as the alluring Carmen, with tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Don José, the naïve soldier caught in her trap. Bass-baritone Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is Escamillo and soprano Pretty Yende is Micaëla. A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas. Conducted by Plácido Domingo and sung in French.

May 24

Giuseppe Verdi

Italian baritone Robert Frontali heads a top-notch cast in this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights. When Shakespeare’s portly knight of Windsor hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure. The cast also includes soprano Carmen Giannattasio and baritone Marco Caria. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in Italian.

May 31
The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. The world-class cast is led by tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, fast-rising soprano Janai Brugger as Pamina, and the dazzling Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in German.

June 7
Billy Budd

Benjamin Britten

Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as librettist E.M. Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere. Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner is Billy, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley is the evil John Claggart. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in English.

June 14
Lucia di Lammermoor

Gaetano Donizetti

Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. The extraordinary coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova shines in this tour-de-force of bel canto opera at its most powerful and dramatic, with tenor Saimir Pirgu as her secret lover Edgardo. Conducted by James Conlon and sung in Italian.

June 21

Jules Massenet

Thaïs, the most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, holds the entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. One of LA Opera’s favorite leading ladies, soprano Nino Machaidze returns as Thaïs, with Plácido Domingo as her would-be savior. Conducted by Patrick Fournillier and sung in French.

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