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TRADE / Mary Motorhead TRADE / Mary Motorhead

Composed by Emma O'Halloran, libretto by Mark O'Halloran

April 2730, 2023


A powerful double bill by Irish composer Emma O'Halloran.

LA Opera's multi-season collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects continues with a double bill of extraordinary West Coast premieres by Irish composer Emma O'Halloran. Read the rave Los Angeles Times review here.

TRADE  is the story of a rent boy and his closeted client in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives. Meeting secretly in a cheap hotel, they wrestle with their own inner demons and their need for each other. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (star of LA Opera's Wonderful Town and anatomy theater) portrays a family man whose world is crumbling apart, with international recording artist Kyle Bielfield as a young hustler determined to take charge of his future. 

In the compelling monodrama Mary Motorhead, a convicted murderer invites us to hear her secret history—the disappointments and betrayals that shaped her life—in the hope that it may shine some light upon the darkness of her actions. Mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell stars as the woman pushed to the edge by circumstance, now finding the road back to herself.  

Rarely, if ever, does every element — score, text, singers, instrumentalists, conductor, director, sets, costumes, lighting, sound design — all come together. This is that rarity.

The Los Angeles Times


Naomi Louisa O'Connell
The Older Man
Marc Kudisch
The Younger Man
Kyle Bielfield

Creative Team

Emma O'Halloran
Mark O'Halloran
Elaine Kelly
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison Projects
Tom Creed
Electronic Sound Design
Alex Dowling
Jim Findlay
Montana Levi Blanco
Christopher Kuhl
Sound Engineering
Charles Hagaman

Performances take place at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

West Coast premiere

The running time is approximately two hours and five minutes, including one 20-minute intermission.

Click here to read the program.

TRADE/Mary Motorhead was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera and Nancy and Barry Sanders, developed by Beth Morrison Projects, and produced by Beth Morrison Projects in association with Irish National Opera and Trinity Church Wall Street.

Off Grand productions are supported by a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders. 

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2022/23 Season