Kihun Yoon as Marcello and Erica Petrocelli as Musetta in Puccini’s “La bohème” | Photo by Cory Weaver/LA Opera
It’s time for a new season of LA Opera On-Air with KUSC’s resident opera expert Jennifer Miller Hammel. Tune in Saturdays at 10AM as Jennifer takes you through some of LA Opera’s most exciting productions. See what’s coming up below.
Saturday, June 18, 10 AM
Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus
Rome, the most powerful capital in the ancient world, falls vulnerable to power players seeking glory. To keep his crown and save the city he loves, Emperor Titus faces the ultimate choice between mercy or murder. James Conlon conducts a performance led by Russell Thomas, one of the hottest tenors of our time.
Saturday, June 25, 10 AM
Puccini’s La Bohème
No matter how many times you’ve heard it, La Bohème always feels new. Six lovable young artists struggle to get by, looking for romance along the way and learning to celebrate life for all it’s worth. Get those tissues ready! Conducting La Bohème for the first time in Los Angeles, James Conlon leads a performance starring Marina Costa-Jackson as Mimi and Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo.
Saturday, July 2, 10 AM
Britten’s Billy Budd
With an all-male cast of 25 solo roles, and vast choral and orchestral forces, all conducted by James Conlon, it’s the most grandly scaled of Britten’s many operas. Liam Bonner, Richard Croft and Greer Grimsley take the leading roles.
Please note: this broadcast has been rescheduled. New date TBD.
Latonia Moore and Russell Thomas star as secret lovers from rival kingdoms in this timeless romance, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by James Conlon. With some of the most famous music in all of opera and a gorgeous take on ancient Egypt, this lavish spectacle is the one you’ve been waiting for.