Production new to LA Opera

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A masterpiece of the Spanish lyrical theater embellishes the soaring melodies of Italian opera with irresistible bravado. A beautiful gypsy unwittingly inspires a fatal rivalry between a renowned bullfighter and a bandit on the run. The dazzling score clads a quintessentially Spanish tale with melodic opulence, while the atmospheric staging illuminates the visceral emotions of the drama.

Music and libretto: Manuel Penella
World premiere: February 23, 1916, at the Teatro Principal, Valencia, Spain

El Gato Montés was previously presented by LA Opera in 1994 (in a different staging).

Production from Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid.

Juanillo (El Gato Montés): Plácido Domingo
Soleá: Ana María Martínez
Rafael Ruiz: Arturo Chacón-Cruz
Padre Antón: Rubén Amoretti*
Fortuneteller: Nancy Fabiola Herrera
Hormigón: Juan Carlos Heredia† / E. Scott Levin (May 16)
Frasquita: Sharmay Musacchio
Young Shepherd: Niru Liu†
Pezuño: Daniel Armstrong‡

Creative team:
Conductor: Jordi Bernàcer
Set and Lighting Design: Francisco Leal*
Costume Design: Pedro Moreno*
Chorus Director: Grant Gershon
Choreographer: Cristina Hoyos / Jesus Ortega*

* LA Opera debut
† Member of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program
‡ Alumnus of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program

Performance dates and times:
Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 5, 2019, at 2pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7:30pm
Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 19, 2019, at 2pm

Performed in Spanish with English supertitles 
Running time: two hours, 20 minutes, including one intermission
Venue: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012)

All programs, artists and dates are subject to change. 

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Last updated: May 15, 2019