LA Opera has commissioned some of today’s most in-demand artists to create a series of short musical films.

Superstar composers team up with talented visual artists including animators, experimental filmmakers and choreographers to bring you a number of new pieces throughout the fall and early winter

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Featured composers include (left to right): Du Yun, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli, Tamar-kali, David Lang, Tyshawn Sorey, Matthew Aucoin

Check out some more early details for all of our upcoming projects below, but be sure to check back here as we share more. 

Composer: Gabriela Lena Frank

Project: commissioned revision of The Five Moons of Lorca (Las cinco lunas de Lorca), text by Nilo Cruz
Filmmaker: Matthew Diamond
Choreographer / Solo Dancer
: Irene Rodríguez 
Musicians: countertenor Jacob Ingbar, pianist Nicholas Roehler, and members of the LA Opera Chorus 
Premiere: December 11, 2020.

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Composer: Missy Mazzoli 

Project: "The West is a Land of Infinite Beginnings" (librettist: Royce Vavrek)
Director: James Darrah 
Musical performers: bass Andrew Harris
conductor Christopher Rountree, the International Contemporary Ensemble
Premiere: January 15, 2021

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Composer: ELLEN REID 

Project: Lumee's Dream, based on an excerpt from the opera "p r i s m" (librettist: Roxie Perkins)
Mezzo-soprano soloist: Rebecca Jo Loeb
Viola soloist: Nadia Sirota
Co-director and director of photography
: James Darrah 
Co-director and editor: Adam Larsen
Premiere: January 29, 2021

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Composer Tyshawn Sorey 

Project: Death, a setting of the poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Film director: Nadia Hallgren
Performers: mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms, pianist Howard Watkins
Premiere: February 19, 2021

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Original Poetry: Henry Dumas
: Brown Sounds
Executive Producer / Conceptual Creator: Raehann Bryce-Davis
Filmmaker: Jérémy Adonis
Costume Designer / Stylist: Allan Virgo
Performers: mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, dancer Lateef Williams, pianist Jeanne-Minette Cilliers
Premiere: March 26, 2021


Composer/librettistDavid Lang 

Project: let me come in
Producer/filmmaker: Bill Morrison
Performers: soprano Angel Blue; violist David Creswell; cellist Anja Wood; percussionist Miles Salerni; conductor Bryan Wagorn
Premiere: April 30, 2021

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Composer: Matthew Aucoin 

Project: Gallupsettings of poetry by Jake Skeets
Filmmaker: Blackhorse Lowe
Performers: baritone Davóne Tines, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo
, AMOC (American Modern Opera Company)
Premiere: May 28, 2021

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Composer/LIBRETTIST: Du Yun

Project: The Zolle Suite
Producer: Ron Diamond, Acme Filmworks
Animators: Steven Woloshen, Benjamin Swiczinsky, Kristian Pedersen, Oliver Harrison
Performers: narrator Du Yun, conductor Julian Wachner, mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, International Contemporary Ensemble
Premiere: July 9, 2021

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Librettist: Sandra Seaton
: The First Bluebird in the Morning
Filmmaker/choreographer: Jamar Roberts
Dancer: Lloyd Knight
Musical performers: tenor Joshua Blue
; cellist Anja Wood; pianist Howard Watkins
Premiere: September 24, 2021

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Composer: TAMAR-KALI

Project: We Hold These Truths
Filmmaker: dream hampton
Poetry by: Paul Laurence Dunbar ("We Wear the Mask"), Langston Hughes ("I, Too"), Claude McKay ("If We Must Die"), Tamar-Kali ("Requiem for Elijah McClain")
Performers: conductor Anthony Parnther, tenor Ashley Faatoalia, baritone Cedric Berry, Selah Gospel Choir, spoken word artist Samuel Getachew and members of the LA Opera Orchestra.

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Composer Anna Clyne 

Project: Between the Rooms, setting of a collection of Emily Dickinson's "envelope poems" for soprano and string quintet  
Director, choreographer, editor: Kim Brandstrup
Dancers: Alina Cojocaru, Matthew Ball
Musical performers: soprano Joelle Harvey, The Knights (Eric Jacobsen, conductor; Colin Jacobsen, Kristi Helberg, violin; Mario Gotoh, viola; Caitlin Sullivan; Logan Coale, bass)
Premiere: TBA