"L.A. Opera is back big time with Tannhäuser" - The LA Times
After escaping an erotic entrapment with the goddess Venus, Tannhäuser returns to the real world to pursue the virtuous love of a mortal woman. But in a momentary lapse of judgment, he shocks the town with a passionate affirmation of carnal delights... which definitely doesn't help him woo the innocent young woman heʼs smitten with.
Issachah Savage, an incredible heldentenor — German for “heroic tenor” (meaning: he'll knock your socks off) — stars as Tannhäuser, bringing his rare, beautiful voice to one of the most challenging roles in opera. Who knew the struggle between sin and salvation would sound so good?
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New Breathe Easy Section
Pending availability, LA Opera has made some seats available in certain sections where the seat next to you and your party could be blocked off. Seats in our Breathe Easy Section are extremely limited and available only by calling the Box Office at 213.972.8001.
Pre-performance talk update:
Each season, James Conlon’s pre-show talks are an enormously popular highlight of every performance he conducts. Since Stern Grand Hall is currently unavailable for large, stationary gatherings (due to COVID-19 restrictions), the pre-show talk for Tannhäuser has been reimagined.
This time, James Conlon’s Tannhäuser talk will be filmed and made available to watch from home. You can watch the pre-show talk by clicking here or from the link in the event reminder email you receive before the date of your performance. Additionally, for all performances—the talk will be screened on large outdoor monitors on the Music Center Plaza for audiences to enjoy, beginning one hour before the opera.
“Saturday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion probably ranks among my greatest nights in the theater and I’m finding the superlatives in my thesaurus inadequate to the task.”
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It is important to note that while Richard Wagner is considered one of the most important and influential of all composers, he is also rightly reviled as having been an anti-Semite. For more information on this topic please click here.
Click here to read James Conlon's essay on Tannhäuser.
Click here to read the digital program.
An LA Opera original production
Performed in German with English subtitles
Running time: approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes, including two intermissions
Production made possible with generous support from an Anonymous Donor and a Consortium of LA Opera Board Members.
Issachah Savage’s appearance is generously underwritten by a gift from The Piera Barbaglia Shaheen Next Generation Artist Award.