OPERA NEWS - LA Opera's 2019-20 Season to Feature the World Premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl's Eurydice, New Productions of Bohème, Pelléas, Figaro and Fleming in The Light in the Piazza
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27 January 2019

LA Opera's 2019-20 Season to Feature the World Premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl's Eurydice, New Productions of Bohème, Pelléas, Figaro and Fleming in The Light in the Piazza 

LOS ANGELES OPERA'S 2019-20 SEASON will feature the local premieres of six new opera productions on the company’s mainstage, including one world-premiere work, in addition to the presentation of one musical, one recital and a concert performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 

"Los Angeles audiences have a passion for discovery and our new season really emphasizes the new,” said Plácido Domingo, the company’s general director, in announcing details of the company's next season today. “Our goal is to surprise, delight and inspire our audiences in imaginative new ways, and the new season will do so in countless ways."

In February, the company will present the world premiere of Eurydice, a new opera by LA Opera Artist in Residence composer Matthew Aucoin and playwright-librettist Sarah Ruhl, on whose play of the same name the opera is based. Danielle de Niese will star in the modern retelling of the Orpheus legend, which will take the stage in a production by Mary Zimmerman. Aucoin conducts the performances, which will also feature Rod Gilfry as Eurydice’s father,  Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus, John Holiday as Orpheus’ double and Barry Banks as Hades.

The company’s mainstage season opens on September 14 with the first local showings of Barrie Kosky’s new production of La Bohème, which premiered at the Komische Oper in Berlin on Sunday. The performances, which will be conducted by LA Opera music director James Conlon, will feature Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo and soprano Marina Costa-Jackson in her company debut as Mimì.

In October, Renée Fleming will sing the role of Margaret Johnson in semi-staged performances of The Light in the Piazza, the Tony Award-winning musical featuring music and lyrics by Adam Guettel and a book by Craig Lucas. Kimberly Grigsby conducts. 

Plácido Domingo will make his role debut as the Duke of Nottingham alongside Ramón Vargas, who sings the title role in February performances of Roberto Devereux. The company premiere of Donizetti’s opera will feature Spanish soprano Davinia Rodríguez, who makes her LA Opera debut as Queen Elizabeth. Stephen Lawless’s production, which has previously been seen in Toronto, Dallas and San Francisco, will be paced by Eun Sun Kim, who also makes her company debut leading the performances. 

David McVicar’s staging of Pelléas et Mélisande, which premiered at Scottish Opera, will take the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in May 2020 for performances that will play under the baton of James Conlon. Mezzo Kate Lindsey will sing the role of Mélisande and Yunpeng Wang will sing Pelléas; Christopher Purves takes on the role of Golaud, Nancy Maultsby will be Geneviève and Willard White will sing King Arkel.

A new staging of Le Nozze di Figaro, a coproduction with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées arrives in Los Angeles in June. Conlon conducts the performances, which will be directed by filmmaker James Gray and will feature sets by Santo Loquasto and costumes by fashion designer Christian Lacroix. The cast will include Craig Colclough as Figaro, Ying Fang making her company debut as Susanna, Christopher Maltman and Guanqun Yu sharing as the Count and Countess Almaviva and Rihab Chaieb as Cherubino.

In November, the company will revive Barrie Kosky’s production of The Magic Flute in performances to be conducted by Conlon. Ildebrando D’Arcangelo will sing the role of Sarastro, Theo Hoffman sings Papageno, and Zuzana Markova makes her company debut as Pamina. Bogdan Volkov and Joshua Wheeker will share the role of Tamino. 

In addition to its mainstage performances, the company will also present Mexican tenor Javier Camarena in recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in October, and in May, the company presents Harry Bicket leading his period-instrument orchestra, The English Concert, in a concert performance of Handel’s Rodelinda that will feature soprano Lucy Crowe in the title role, Iestyn Davies as Bertarido and  Anthony Roth Costanzo as Unulfo. 

LA Opera will also present a number of other works in alternate venues as part of its Off Grand initiative. On Halloween, the LA Opera Orchestra will perform composer Bernard Herrmann’s score to Psycho under the baton of Louis Lohraseb in screenings of the film at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. In May, the company will present the West Coast premiere of Du Yin’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Angel’s Bone, as part of its muti-season collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects

Additionally, in May, Conlon will conduct medieval music drama The Festival Play of Daniel, which will include more than 400 professional and amateur performers in a staging that will take place at Los Angeles’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. 

LA Opera’s fourth countywide festival, Eurydice Found, which will take place from January through March 2020, will include a number of ancillary events surrounding the world premiere of Aucoin and Ruhl’s opera.

"To commemorate our pride and excitement around the world premiere of Eurydice, by our artist in residence Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl, we’ve convened our fourth-ever countywide festival, inspired by work on our stage,” said LA Opera president and CEO in the statement issued today. “Our new initiative Eurydice Found showcases our intense pride in being a part of the incredibly vibrant and diverse artistic community of Los Angeles. This festival will explore why the powerful themes of ancient Greek myth still resonate with us in contemporary society, and we'll also shine a spotlight on works created by female artists.” spacer 

More information can be found at LA Opera.

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