Everything you need to know about the season to come

Thank you for your interest in LA Opera's 2020/21 season. We are delighted to present this exciting season to you. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Vanessa Waite (vwaite@laopera.org or 213.972.7554). Please note our live announcement will take place on January 26, 2020, at 1:30 pm PST and all information is embargoed until then. 

PRESS RELEASE: LA OPERA ANNOUNCES ITS 2020-2021 SEASON 

2020-2021 Season Lineup: 

PERFORMANCES AT THE DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION

Il Trovatore | Giuseppe Verdi

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September 26, October 4, 7, 10, 15 and 18, 2020
Under the masterful baton of James Conlon, one of opera’s greatest hits returns to open the season in grand style. A fiery staging by director Francisco Negrin deftly threads through the story’s intricate layers of vengeance. A remarkable cast is led by superstar soprano Angel Blue, a former LAO young artist making a glorious return as Leonora, with internationally acclaimed tenor Gregory Kunde in his company debut as Manrico. Mezzo-sopranos Ekaterina Semenchuk and Raehann Bryce-Davis share the role of Azucena, with baritone Vladimir Stoyanov as Count di Luna and Morris Robinson as Ferrando.

Tannhäuser | Richard Wagner

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October 17, 25 and 29, November 1, 4 and 7, 2020
James Conlon conducts a sensuous masterpiece of sin and salvation, one of Wagner’s most popular and romantic works. Fast-rising heldentenor Issachah Savage returns to Los Angeles for a major role debut in the title role, with soprano Sara Jakubiak as Elisabeth, mezzo-soprano Yulia Matochkina as Venus, bass John Relyea as Hermann and baritone Lucas Meachem as Wolfram.  

La Cenerentola (Cinderella) | Gioachino Rossini

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November 21 and 29, December 2, 5, 9 and 13, 2020
A delightfully entertaining spin on the ultimate rags-to-riches tale, directed by Stefan Herheim and conducted by Roberto Abbado in his company debut. Mezzo-soprano Serena Malfi as Angelina (Cinderella) and tenor Levy Sekgapane as Don Ramiro head the cast as the romantic leads, with baritone Rodion Pogossov as the prince's valet Dandini, bass Ildebrando D'Arcangelo as the prince's advisor Alidoro, and comic treasure Alessandro Corbelli as the pompous father standing in the way of true love.

Don Giovanni | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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January 30, February 6, 11, 14, 17 and 21, 2021
The dashing Italian bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo returns as the legendary doomed playboy, leading a brilliant cast of singers. A visually spectacular production by director Kasper Holten pulls the audience into the characters’ inner thoughts and shifting emotions. James Conlon conducts a cast that includes many returning favorites, with soprano Tamara Wilson as Donna Anna, soprano Ana María Martínez as Donna Elvira, tenor Bogdan Volkov as Don Ottavio, soprano Janai Brugger as Zerlina, baritone Kihun Yoon as Masetto and bass Morris Robinson as the Commendatore, along with baritone Will Liverman making his company debut as Leporello.

Breaking the Waves | Music by Missy Mazzoli; libretto by Royce Vavrek

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February 27, March 6, 11, 14, 18 and 21, 2021
The breakout work by composer Missy Mazzoli, hailed as “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York, comes to Los Angeles, conducted by Resident Conductor Grant Gershon. In an isolated Scottish village, Bess is passionately devoted to her new husband Jan. But after he becomes paralyzed in a near-fatal accident, she must decipher for herself what it means to be a faithful wife. Soprano Sydney Mancasola stars as Bess with baritone Alexander Birch Elliott as Jan. An unforgettable adaptation of Lars von Trier's 1996 film, Mazzoli's 2016 work has already earned wide recognition as one of the most powerful operas of our time.

Aida | Giuseppe Verdi

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May 15, 23, 27 and 30, June 2 and 5, 2021
Director Francesca Zambello's truly dazzling staging of the grandest of all grand operas—designed by the extraordinary street and studio artist known as RETNA—incorporates both Egyptian hieroglyphs and graffiti to create a strikingly gorgeous world. Soprano Liudmyla Monastryska (returning after her sensational 2017 company debut as Abigaille in Nabucco) heads the cast, joined by tenor Gregory Kunde as Radames, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris, baritone Craig Colclough as Amonasro and bass Eric Owens as Ramfis, all under the baton of James Conlon.  

Concert: Tamerlano with The English Concert | George Frideric Handel

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April 30, 2021
Harry Bicket conducts The English Concert, the internationally acclaimed period-instrument orchestra, in a concert performance of Handel's 1724 psychological thriller. Countertenor Bejun Mehta returns in the title role as a tyrannical emperor, joined by tenor Michael Spyres as Tamerlano's prisoner Bajazet, with soprano Sophie Bevan and countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński as the lovers Asteria and Andronico.

Concert: Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry in The Brightness of Light | Kevin Puts

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May 16, 2021
The iconic American artist Georgia O’Keefe wrote countless letters— full of poetry, humor and passion—to her mentor and eventual husband Alfred Stieglitz. A ravishing new orchestral song cycle by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts chronicles a great artist’s turn from a painful marriage to embrace her work and the desert land she cherishes. James Conlon conducts the LA Opera Orchestra, with soprano Renée Fleming as O'Keefe and baritone Rod Gilfry as Stieglitz.

LA OPERA OFF GRAND PRESENTATIONS

Get Out |  Film by Jordan Peele; score by Michael Abels

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October 30 and 31, 2020 
Presented at the Theatre at Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015)
This year, LA Opera's annual Halloween residency at the Theatre at Ace Hotel showcases screenings of a 2017 shocker that made a seismic cultural impact. As the film plays on the big screen, composer Michael Abels conducts his disconcerting “gospel horror” original score, performed live by the LA Opera Orchestra and the DC6 Singers (the vocalists heard on the film's original soundtrack).

Veils for Desire | Music by Aucoin, Bach, Britten and Monteverdi

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March 31, 2021
Presented at The Wallis (9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210)

The history of music is full of powerful expressions of hidden desires, from Beethoven’s yearning for his “immortal beloved” to Tchaikovsky’s tortured expressions of his sexuality. This inventive new chamber concert program features pieces of music that “veil” or transform an unspeakable desire into a new, mysterious form. The performance features countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Paul Appleby and composer/pianist Matthew Aucoin, joined by musicians from AMOC (the American Modern Opera Company) and narrator Wayne Koestenbaum, whose playful, multi-layered texts—written for the occasion—weave these works together.

In Our Daughter's Eyes | Music by Du Yun; libretto by Michael Joseph McQuilken

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April 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2021
Presented at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)

A heartfelt new work created with and starring baritone Nathan Gunn. A father-to-be struggles to become a man his wife and daughter would be proud of. Through a journal he keeps—a gift for his unborn daughter—he traces the journey unfolding before him and the gift of sight that his daughter gives him.  This production marks the 11th collaboration (and seventh year of partnership) between LA Opera and the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects.

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Saturday Mornings at the Opera

February 6 an May 22, 2021
Interactive, hour-long performances introduce families to the magic of opera with special interactive performances for kids from 3 to 9 years old. Presented in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 

Noah's Flood | Benjamin britten

April 30 and May 1, 2021
Presented at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012)
James Conlon conducts Benjamin Britten's beloved tale of hope and faith. Bringing together hundreds of singers and musicians of all ages, the family-friendly opera is presented free of charge. 

BambinO | Composed by Lliam Paterson, directed by Phelim McDermott

Touring in the Spring of 2021
New in the 2020/21 season, BambinO is an opera specially designed for babies between 6 and 18 months old and their accompanying adults. Created by composer Lliam Paterson and directed by the ever imaginative Phelim McDermott (director of LAO's Akhnaten and Satyagraha), it's a groundbreaking work full of enchantment and imagination.

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