30th Anniversary Season
LA Opera Presents Erwin Schrott in Concert
with Special Guest José Feliciano
Cuba Amiga on December 12 features
an international spectrum of Latin music
(Los Angeles) November 24, 2015 — Opera star Erwin Schrott returns to LA Opera for an extraordinary concert event, Cuba Amiga. Mr. Schrott will be joined by an ensemble of outstanding classical and jazz musical friends from around the world, including special guest José Feliciano, the legendary singer and guitarist. Taking the audience on a musical journey through Latin America, Cuba Amiga delivers a thrilling international spectrum of Latin rhythms: bolero, salsa, flamenco, timba, rumba, cha-cha, samba and tango. The performance will take place at 7:30pm on December 12, 2015, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012).
The December 12 event was previously announced as Rojotango, a concert featuring selections from Mr. Schrott's ECHO Klassik Award-winning crossover album of the same name. His new concert Cuba Amiga was inspired by the music and life of legendary tango performer Carlos Gardel. Eighty years ago, Gardel launched a concert tour throughout Latin America to promote his film musical El día que me quieras. Gardel's plan was to conclude the tour with the movie's premiere in Cuba, but his dream was defeated when the beloved performer was tragically killed in a plane crash in Colombia.
Cuba Amiga metaphorically follows Gardel's trip through South America. Mr. Schrott views the concert as "a thank you to Maestro Gardel and to Cuba as a source of inspiration and birthplace of many unique styles of music and immortal songs."
About Erwin Schrott
Bass-baritone Erwin Schrott is one of the most exciting opera singers of our time. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, he was shot to fame after winning first prize in the 1998 Operalia competition, making debuts in one major opera house after the other in quick succession. He triumphed in theaters such as La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera, Covent Garden and the Salzburg Festival. He has appeared with LA Opera in the title role of Don Giovanni (2003 and 2007), as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (2004) and as Escamillo in Carmen (2004). Other roles in his repertoire have included the title role in Verdi’s Attila, Méphistophélès in Gounod’s Faust and the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele. For more information, visit ErwinSchrott.com.
About José Feliciano
José Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics around the world as “the greatest living guitarist.” He has been awarded over 45 gold and platinum records and nine Grammy Awards, including the “LARAS Award for Lifetime Achievement." He has performed with many of the world's top symphonic orchestras and his music has been featured on television, in films and on the stage. His milestone songs include his cover of the Doors' “Light My Fire,” which topped the charts globally in 1968; “Che Sarà,” a 1971 megasuccess throughout Europe, Asia and South America; and “Feliz Navidad,” a 1970 Christmas song that has become a beloved holiday tradition worldwide. For more information, visit JoseFeliciano.com.
Tickets are on sale now. Tickets begin at $10 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.
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