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Gianni Sachi, Woody Allen, James Conlon and Saimir Pirgu

How the times change…from Woody Allen, director of LA Opera’s 2008 production of Gianni Schicchi, to promoting To Rome With Love opening in Los Angeles on Friday, June 29. In the film, Woody Allen plays an opera director crippled by his fear of death.  "I'm not anti–Los Angeles," Allen says today. "I couldn't live here because I don't like a place where I have to drive everyplace, and I don't like sunshine. But I love coming out here for a couple of days. I have a lot of friends here, and the town has, over the years, really come on very strong. When I first came out here years ago, you couldn't get a decent meal in Los Angeles. Now it's full of great restaurants, great museums; the opera's wonderful."

To read the entire article, visit LA Weekly.com.


Plácido Domingo Announces LA Opera’s 2015/2016 Season!

15-16 season grid

Plácido Domingo has announced LA Opera's 2015/16 season, which is dedicated to you, the audience, and our community!  This exciting 30th Anniversary Season is filled with audience favorites, with plenty of LA Opera flair thrown in for good measure. The season will open on September 12, 2015, and will run through June 19, 2016.

A season-opening double bill provides a unique opportunity to see Plácido Domingo star in Woody Allen's riotus staging of Puccini's comic masterpiece Gianni Schicchi, and also conduct Franco Zeffirelli's grandly scaled production of Pagliacci starring Marco Berti and Ana María Martínez.  The season continues with the epic Moby-Dick, starring the sensational Jay Hunter Morris who returns to LA Opera as Captain Ahab, followed by the greatest of all bel canto dramas, Norma, featuring a superlative quartet of soloists led by Angela Meade.

The second half of the season begins with the eagerly anticipated revival of a production that created a sensation in 2013, Mozart's The Magic Flute! Then Ana María Martínez returns for her second leading role of the season in a stunning, new-to-Los Angeles production of Madame Butterfly. And the season concludes with the return of Nino Machaidze in her role debut as Mimi in the beloved, timeless classic, La Boheme!

We're also pleased to announce two very special events! Two of the greatest voices of our time, Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, combine forces in an unforgettable, one-night-only 30th Anniversary Concert conducted by James Conlon leading the LA Opera Orchestra. And superstar bass Erwin Schrott explores the passion, melancholy and erotic power of tango in Rojotango In Concert.

Concerts

This season at the REDCAT, LA Opera Off Grand presents the West Coast premiere of Song from the Uproar, a multimedia opera that combines live musical performance  and original film inspired by the journals of adventuress Isabelle Ernhardt (1877-1904), one of the most remarkable women of her era. Based on actual 18th-century texts, the World Premiere of Anatomy Theater follows the progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and ultimately public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. 

REDCAT

This Halloween, Hollywood's most alluring vampire gets an evocative contemporary soundtrack. Philip Glass' hypnotic score for Tod Browning's 1931 Dracula blows the cobwebs off the horror classic, adding new depth to the emotional layers of the drama. Glass himself will share the stage with the celebrated Kronos Quartet, their live performances providing an eerie counterpart to the suspensful classic projected on the big screen. Performances will take place at the Ace Hotel in the heart of Downtown LA!

Dracula

Free performances of a community opera for families, The Festival Play of Daniel, will be conducted by James Conlon and performed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in March 2016. For more information about the Off Grand initiative, visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.

Subscription packages for the 2015/2016 Season are now available. Subscribe online or call 213.972.8001 to order by phone!

Box Office opens to the public for individual tickets on June 28, 2015

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.