Musical performances exploring the story of Eurydice.
FEB 1 – FEB 23
LA OPERA: EURYDICE
Matthew Aucoin partners with playwright Sarah Ruhl for a new opera that reimagines ancient mythology for a modern age. This time, the tale unfolds from the heroine’s point of view. (Finally, right?) Tragically killed on her wedding day, a young bride descends into the underworld, where she reconnects with her adoring father. Presented with the opportunity to return to her husband in the world of the living, she must choose between the two men she loves.
LOCATION: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
TICKETS AND INFO: laopera.org
FEB 1, 8, 14, 16, 20, & 23 (open to Eurydice attendees)
FEB 22 // 10AM-3PM (public viewing)
LUMEE’S DREAM: A SOUND INSTALLATION
Lumee’s Dream is an immersive, audio-visual installation inspired by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkin’s opera p r i s m, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Created by acclaimed director James Darrah and cinematographer Adam Larsen, Lumee’s Dream plunges the observer into p r i s m’s unsettling universe. Reid and Perkins’ tragic character, Lumee, is summoned almost supernaturally through spatialized sound and evocative visuals. The site-specific soundscape will beckon the listener from all corners of Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with its eerie and alluring melodies. Written by Ellen Reid (composer) and Roxie Perkins (librettist). Video by James Darrah (director and cinematographer), Adam Larsen (editor) and Yuki Izumihara (designer). Audio mix and installation design by Ears Up. p r i s m was originally commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, presented in conjunction with LA Opera Off-Grand (December 2018).
LOCATION: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Lobby, Third Tier
TICKETS AND INFO: Free Admission for all Eurydice ticket-holders on the day of the performance and to the public on Saturday, February 22 from 10am to 3pm. The loop runs approximately 25 minutes (but you don't have to stay for the whole time).
p r i s m was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional commissioning support from Nancy and Barry Sanders, OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust; and National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works.
FEBRUARY 22 AND 23 // 6PM & 8:30PM
GXRLSCHOOL PRESENTS IDEALAB.4: "RE/BIRTH"
A new, interdisciplinary performance experience exploring the work of Anna Wise in four intimate seatings.
IDEALAB.4: "RE/BIRTH" is an interdisciplinary performance exploring the idea of regeneration, fundamental change, and new beginnings, via the works of Anna Wise. Performed in a series of four intimate, interdisciplinary experiences over two nights at Hot Shot Muffler, RE/BIRTH pushes the boundaries of the “pop concert” form, created and produced by Girlschool with the support of LA Opera and Kensington Presents. Anna Wise will perform a body of work that she composed in response to the transformational process of having her first child with her partner Jon Bap—an experience of fundamental and “shocking” change.
LOCATION: Hot Shot Muffler
TICKETS AND INFO: girlschoolla.com
FEB 29 // 3 PM
MARCH 1 // 3 PM
UCLA HERB ALPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC: CHARPENTIER’S THE DESCENT OF ORPHEUS TO THE UNDERWORLD
Join us for a performance of Charpentier’s The Descent of Orpheus to the Underworld (La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers), hosted by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library and Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. This rarely performed work will be conducted by Stephen Stubbs and directed by James Darrah. The performance will feature singers from the UCLA, Opera and Voice Program, under the direction of Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera UCLA and Rakefet Hak, Musical Director of the UCLA Opera Studio. Walk through the beautiful galleries and enjoy an exhibit highlighting the early work of Ovid before and after the performance.
LOCATION: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
TICKETS AND INFO: 1718.ucla.edu/events
JAN 17, 18, DINNER 6:30 PM SHOW 7:30 PM
JAN 19, DINNER 6:00 PM SHOW 7:00 PM
LA OPERA'S "THE DEATH OF ORPHEUS"
Travel to the lair of Bacchus for drinks, feast and an immersive operatic experience. Stephen Stubbs conducts this baroque rarity by the Italian composer Stefano Landi. After Orpheus has failed to save his wife Eurydice from the underworld, he renounces wine and the love of women. This offends the god Bacchus who urges his female followers, the Maenads, to wreak revenge.
LOCATION: El Cid 4212 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90029
TICKETS AND INFO:
Friday, January 17, 2020, at 7:30pm (dinner begins at 6:30pm)
Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 7:30pm (dinner begins at 6:30pm)
Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 7:00pm (dinner begins at 6:00pm)
JAN 17, 18, 24, 25 // 8 PM
PASADENA OPERA: PROVING UP
Proving Up is a one-act chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, a team whose previous collaboration was hailed as one of the best in the 21st century by Opera News. The opera, based upon the short story by Karen Russell, follows the journey of Miles, the son of a family of Nebraska Homesteaders, who must “prove up” his family’s claim to their land by taking their glass window to be counted. As he travels further from home, Miles is taunted by his ghostly sisters and encounters an enigmatic man who will decide whether to grant him the deed or take his life.
LOCATION: The Boston Court Theatre
TICKETS AND INFO: PasadenaOpera.org
JAN 25 // 8 PM
A NOISE WITHIN: ANOTHER PERFECT DAY
There’s a traffic jam in L.A., and an opera breaks out. Infidelity, gentrification, a mother and child reunion, and an earthquake. L.A., baby… Another Perfect Day is a love letter to Los Angeles. And... it’s in English. This concert production by Geoff “GG” Gallegos (composer) and Velina Hasu Houston and Shishir Kurup (librettists), will be performed for one night only as part of Noise Now, a community partnership program at A Noise Within. Performances feature LA Opera artists and the Vocal Arts Ensemble of the California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley.
Choose your price for this special performance!
LOCATION: A Noise Within
FEB 13 // 7:30 PM
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE AND THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS: WE ALL LOOK TO THE STARS
Drawing on myths and writing from different cultures, and inspired by the constellation Lyra, this event is a musical celebration of the wonders of the night sky. Across history, culture, time and space—every division and divide among us—we all look at the same stars. Bringing together LA Opera artists with students and faculty from Pasadena City College and the local community at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, we embrace our universal, human connection with a journey through the night sky in song.
LOCATION: Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
TICKETS AND INFO: huntington.org
TICKETS AND INFO: anoisewithin.org