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: conductor Bryan Wagorn; soprano Angel Blue; violist David Creswell; cellist Anja Wood; percussionist Miles Salerni
Premiere: April 30, 2021

Composer: Matthew Aucoin 

Project: Skeets Poems, settings of poetry by Jake Skeets
Filmmaker: Blackhorse Lowe
Performers: baritone Davóne Tines, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo
, AMOC (American Modern Opera Company)
Premiere: TBA

Composer Anna Clyne 

Project: Between the Rooms, setting of a collection of Emily Dickinson's "envelope poems" for soprano and string quintet (two violins, viola, cello, bass)  
Choreographer: Kim Brandstrup
Performers: soprano Joelle Harvey, Knights Orchestra
Premiere: TBA

Composer/LIBRETTIST: Du Yun

Project: Zolle
Animation Producer/Curator: Ron Diamond, Acme Filmworks
Performers: International Contemporary Ensemble
Premiere: TBA


Librettist: Sandra Seaton
: The First Bluebird in the Morning
Choreographer: Jamar Roberts
Soloist: tenor Joshua Blue
Premiere: TBA

Composer: TAMAR-KALI

Project: The Words of Our Lorde
Filmmaker: Julie Dash
Premiere: TBA