2016/17 SEASON EVENTS
The Source (October 19 - 23, 2016, at REDCAT)
Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning has many identities: adrift adolescent, emboldened whistleblower, traitor to her country. In this penetrating music-theater work, composer Ted Hearne and director Daniel Fish dive into the media hysteria responsible for the many faces of the Army private who infamously leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. An ever shifting chorus of silent witnesses looms (on large format video) as four singers descend into the digital mire. With computer-processed voices, they inhabit a fever-dream assemblage of Twitter feeds, cable news reports, chat transcripts, court testimony and declassified military video, asking how we, as individuals and a nation, confront the massive information which Manning brought to light.
Join us for a closing party, sponsored by Time Out Los Angeles, immediately following the performance on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Nosferatu (October 29, 31, 2016, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel)
With striking imagery that has burrowed into the dark corners of the public's psyche for the past century, F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror is as immortal as its iconic antagonist. The silver screen’s first vampire—played by Max Schreck as a twisted, clawed and fanged creature completely unlike Bela Lugosi's urbane Dracula—continues to influence cinematic horror to this day. LA Opera is proud to add its own Matthew Aucoin to that esteemed list. The company's incoming Artist in Residence will create and conduct a new score for chamber orchestra, incorporating composers of Murnau's time such as Schreker, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Webern and Berg, as well as new music composed by Aucoin himself.
Thumbprint (June 15-18, 2017, at REDCAT)
An astonishing true story of courage and triumph, Thumbprint explores the deep family ties and tribal traditions that empowered Mukhtar Mai to become the first female victim of gang rape to bring her attackers to justice in Pakistan. In lieu of a financial settlement, she requested that a school be constructed to educate girls. She hoped to educate the young, to help prevent the humiliation of signing their names with only a thumbprint.The story is told through a dynamic score by Kamala Sankaram, filled with Hindustani and European opera influences, and a libretto by Susan Yankowitz, originating from a series of interviews with Mai.
Join us for a closing party, sponsored by Time Out Los Angeles, immediately following the performance on Sunday, June 18, 2017.