2015/16 SEASON EVENTS
Anatomy Theater (June 16-19, 2016, at REDCAT)
Based on actual 18th-century texts, Anatomy Theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all. Anatomy Theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, Anatomy Theater is a joyous, tuneful and grisly theatrical event.
Song from the Uproar (October 8-11, 2015, at REDCAT)
A multimedia opera that combines live musical performance and original film, this compelling new work was inspired by the journals of the remarkable Isabelle Eberhardt (1877-1904), an adventurer who left her life in Switzerland behind for an unfettered existence in the North African desert.
Dracula (October 29-31, 2015, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
For its 1998 restoration of the 1931 horror classic starring Bela Lugosi, Universal Studios commissioned composer Philip Glass to write a hypnotic new instrumental score forDracula, adding depth to the emotional layers of the drama. Glass himself will share the stage along with the celebrated Kronos Quartet for a live performance of the score, providing an eerie counterpart to the suspense of the creepy classic projected on the big screen. Performances will take place at the gorgeously restored Theatre at Ace Hotel, a 1927 Spanish Gothic movie palace in the heart of downtown (929 South Broadway, Los Angeles, 90015).
Festival Play of Daniel (March 4-5, 2016, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels)
LA Opera continues its annual tradition of presenting community opera for families at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This season's production is an inpiring medieval music drama, which tells the beloved Old Testament story of Daniel in the lions' den, conducted by James Conlon.