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THURSDAY APRIL 4, 2020 
FROM THE VAULT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BETH MORRISON PROJECTS 


Thanks to
Beth Morrison Projects (BMP)-- our incredible partner on nine productions of new works over the past six seasons-- we’ll be streaming a live recording of the contemporary opera that took REDCAT by storm in 2015 as part of our Off Grand series, Dog Days. 

Together with BMP, we share this with deep gratitude to the incredible artists whose work you see here. They have enthusiastically given their permission for the work to be made available free of charge. 

#LAOAtHome dives back into the vault to bring you “Dog Days” LIVE, Beth Morrison Projects partnership that took the REDCAT stage by storm in our 2015 “Off Grand” series. Together with BMP, we share this with deep gratitude to the incredible artists whose work you see here. They have enthusiastically given their permission for the work to be made available free of charge. *Content Warning: Because of the subject material's violence, mature themes and adult language, “Dog Days” is not recommended for children.* CREDITS Dog Days Composed by David T. Little Libretto by Royce Vavrek Based on the short story "Dog Days" by Judy Budnitz Directed by Robert Woodruff Music Direction by Alan Pierson Assistant Direction by Ashley Tata Scenic and Video Design by Jim Findlay Lighting Design by Matt Frey Sound Design by Garth MacAleavey Costume Design by Vita Tzykun Props Design by Jeremy Lydic Featuring vocalists James Bobick, Marnie Breckenridge, Cherry Duke, Michael Marcotte, Peter Tantsits, Lauren Worsham, performance artist John Kelly, and with chamber ensemble Newspeak: James Johnston, Taylor Levine, Hannah Levinson, Eileen Mack, Kris Saebo,Heidi Schaul-Yoder, Brian Snow, Peter Wise, and Molly Yeh Commissioned and Produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (NJ) in association with Beth Morrison Projects Tour produced by Beth Morrison Projects

Posted by LA Opera on Thursday, April 2, 2020

CONTENT WARNING:
Because of the subject material's violence, mature themes and adult language, Dog Days is not recommended for children. 

For credits and more about the production, see below:

Dog Days 
Composed by David T. Little     
Libretto by Royce Vavrek 
Based on the short story "Dog Days" by Judy Budnitz 
Directed by Robert Woodruff      
Music Direction by Alan Pierson  
Assistant Direction by Ashley Tata    
Scenic and Video Design by Jim Findlay     
Lighting Design by Matt Frey 
Sound Design by Garth MacAleavey  
Costume Design by Vita Tzykun 
Props Design by Jeremy Lydic 

Featuring vocalists James Bobick, Marnie Breckenridge, Cherry Duke, Michael Marcotte, Peter Tantsits, Lauren Worsham, performance artist John Kelly, and with chamber ensemble Newspeak: James Johnston, Taylor Levine, Hannah Levinson, Eileen Mack, Kris Saebo,Heidi Schaul-Yoder, Brian Snow, Peter Wise, and Molly Yeh 

Commissioned and Produced by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University (NJ) in association with Beth Morrison Projects 

Tour produced by Beth Morrison Projects 

For more information on touring Dog Days, please contact  info@bethmorrisonprojects.org    

About Dog Days

Dog Days is a work of contemporary music-theatre from celebrated composer/librettist team David T. Little & Royce Vavrek that incorporates elements of opera, musical theatre, and rock-infused-concert music, to investigate the psychology of a working class American family pitted against a not-so-distant-future wartime scenario. This black comedy asks: is it madness, delusion, or sheer animal instinct that guides us through severely trying times? Where lies the line between animal and human, and at what point must we give in to our animal instincts merely to survive? 

  

The country has fallen into chaos as an undefined war rages on US soil. Roads are closed except for military use. There is no work. Progressively, the schools close. Food runs out. The power gets shut off. Neighbors mysteriously vanish. Those without homes beg for food at the porches of those who do, but no one has anything to give. A family of five—parents, two sons, and a young daughter, Lisa—do what they can to survive. They eat wild grass from the yard. The father goes hunting every day, but all the animals have fled. “They know something we don’t,” he says. One day, Prince arrives. 

  

Prince, a man in a dog suit, befriends Lisa and provides her with an escape from the isolated boredom of daily life. Lisa’s mother supports this friendship, though Lisa’s father, Howard, opposes it. Prince is Lisa’s pet—her only friend Howard confronts Prince. “Stand up,” he says. “You’re a human being, for God’s sake. Stand up like a man… I’ll give you my own clothes if you’ll… stand up like a man and talk to me. I know you can talk.” Prince barks; Howard chases him away. Conditions continue to worsen. It’s winter now. Dark early, and cold. The family hasn’t eaten in weeks, maybe months. “I wish I had a steak,” says one brother. The other brother adds “I heard in China people eat…” Silence. 

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020

FROM THE VAULT

Our #LAOAtHome broadcast of Carmen is here and we couldn't be more excited about it. How will you be listening at home? (Living room flamenco is highly encouraged.)

Carmen Listening GuideWith listening tips, questions to help you analyze the plot and characters, and a scene-by-scene breakdown, you'll master the sounds, recognize the foreshadowing, and understand the depth of this operatic masterpiece. (Designed for students in grades 7-12, but helpful for everyone!)

Streaming LIVE from the vault, we’re ecstatic to bring you the full-length audio-only broadcast of our 2017 Carmen. Sing along, dance, share virtual applauses – #LAOAtHome means you can listen however you please! Experiencing the communal and healing power of music has never been more important, and we’re so grateful for the opportunity to share this incredible performance with you. "Carmen" Music by Georges Bizet Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy Conductor: James Conlon Carmen: Ana María Martínez Don José: Brandon Jovanovich Escamillo: @Alexander Vinogradov Micäela: Amanda Woodbury Zuniga: Philip Cokorinos Le Dancaïre: Theo Hoffman Le Remendado: Brian Michael Moore Moralès: Juan Carlos Heredia Baritone Frasquita: Liv Redpath Mercédès: Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano A Vendor: Melissa Treinkman Weitenberner Another Vendor: Abdiel Gonzalez LA Opera Orchestra LA Opera Chorus Chorus Director: Grant Gershon Los Angeles Children’s Chorus LACC Artistic Director: Anne Tomlinson Director: Ron Daniels Scenery Designer: Gerardo Trotti Principal Costume Designer: Denitsa Bliznakova Costume Designer: Jesús del Pozo Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler Choreographer: Nuria Castejón Fight Choreographer: Ed Douglas Recorded September 2017 ARTISTS are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, each PRINCIPAL ARTIST, the Stage Director and the Associate and Assistant Director(s), the Choreographer and Assistant Choreographer(s), the Stage Manager, and the Assistant Stage Manager(s) and the Chorus and Dancers.​ Artists herein are represented by and appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the AFM - American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO. Audio Producers: Fred Vogler and Todd Reynolds Audio Assistant: Brad Cobb Post-Production Assistant: Ignazio Terrasi Title translation by David Anglin, called by Linda Zoolalian.

Posted by LA Opera on Monday, March 30, 2020
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"Carmen"
Music by Georges Bizet
Libretto by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy

Conductor: James Conlon

Carmen: Ana María Martínez
Don José: Brandon Jovanovich
Escamillo: Alexander Vinogradov
Micäela: Amanda Woodbury
Zuniga: Philip Cokorinos
Le Dancaïre: Theo Hoffman
Le Remendado: Brian Michael Moore
Moralès: Juan Carlos Heredia Baritone
Frasquita: Liv Redpath
Mercédès: Kelley O'Connor, mezzo-soprano
A Vendor: Melissa Treinkman Weitenberner
Another Vendor: Abdiel Gonzalez

LA Opera Orchestra
LA Opera Chorus
Chorus Director: Grant Gershon

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
LACC Artistic Director: Anne Tomlinson
Director: Ron Daniels
Scenery Designer: Gerardo Trotti
Principal Costume Designer: Denitsa Bliznakova
Costume Designer: Jesús del Pozo
Lighting Designer: Duane Schuler
Choreographer: Nuria Castejón
Fight Choreographer: Ed Douglas

Recorded September 2017

ARTISTS are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, each PRINCIPAL ARTIST, the Stage Director and the Associate and
Assistant Director(s), the Choreographer and Assistant Choreographer(s), the
Stage Manager, and the Assistant Stage Manager(s) and the Chorus and
Dancers.​

Artists herein are represented by and appear courtesy of the American Guild of Musical Artists and the AFM - American Federation of Musicians, AFL-CIO.
Audio Producers: Fred Vogler and Todd Reynolds
Audio Assistant: Brad Cobb
Post-Production Assistant: Ignazio Terrasi
Title translation by David Anglin, called by Linda Zoolalian.