Community Opera: Jonah and the Whale
LA Opera joins with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and several other community and school groups to produce the newly commissioned community opera Jonah and the Whale, by composer Jack Perla and librettist Velina Hasu Houston. The opera will be conducted by LA Opera’s Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon and will be directed by Eli Villanueva. Tickets will be available in early February. The performances are offered free of charge at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 7:30pm.
Jonah and the Whale dramatizes one of the best known stories from the Old Testament, in which God asks Jonah to prophesy to the sinful people of Nineveh. Jonah refuses and attempts to flee by sea and is thrown overboard in a storm. A great fish swallows him, but Jonah emerges safely after he agrees to fulfill God’s orders.
Production made possible with generous underwriting support from the
Dan Murphy Foundation
Special support also received from the
National Endowment for the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Saunders
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
The James Irvine Foundation
LA Opera's community opera at the Cathedral for the 2014/15 season will be Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood, to be performed on March 6 and 7, 2015.