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Plácido Domingo stars in La Traviata
to open LA Opera’s 2014/15 season

James Conlon to conduct production
also starring soprano Nino Machaidze

(Los Angeles) June 4, 2014 — General Director Plácido Domingo will return to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage to open LA Opera's 2014/15 season, singing the role of Giorgio Germont in Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, which also will star soprano Nino Machaidze in her role debut as Violetta.

The production, which will be conducted by Music Director James Conlon, is a revival of a production created by director and designer Marta Domingo, first seen at LA Opera in June 2006 and later presented at San Francisco Opera in 2009. Tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz will sing the role of Alfredo Germont. The production will reunite Mr. Domingo and Ms. Machaidze, the stars of LA Opera’s current production of Jules Massenet’s Thaïs, which continues through June 7. La Traviata will open on September 13, 2014, for a total of seven performances through September 28.

Placido Domingo, Nino Machaidze, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, James ConlonLeft to right: Plácido Domingo, Nino Machaidze, Arturo Chacón-Cruz, James Conlon

"I first performed in La Traviata when I was starting out as a young tenor, singing the role of Gastone in the first year of my career and then moving up to Alfredo, a role that I sang many times," said Mr. Domingo. "Back then, I never once imagined that I would someday sing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont. But whenever I performed Alfredo, I was always mesmerized by that powerful scene between Violetta and Giorgio—the centerpiece of the opera, really—as I waited offstage during the second act. In recent years, when I seriously began to explore the possibility of singing Verdi baritone roles, Giorgio Germont was one that stood out for me. I can really identify with Verdi’s deeply moving ‘father’ roles, and the music that he wrote for Giorgio is an absolute joy to sing.”

Mr. Domingo first performed the role of Giorgio Germont in 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera. La Traviata is also the work with which he made his operatic conducting debut, at New York City Opera in 1973. He has conducted the opera numerous times since then, including a 2001 production at LA Opera.

About the Opera
In the giddy, glitzy world of Paris—updated in director Marta Domingo’s staging to the Roaring Twenties—a naive young man falls head over heels for a glamorous party girl. Together they trade the fast life for an idyllic love nest far from the city…until an unexpected visitor threatens to tear them apart. The powerful romantic drama, illuminated through Verdi’s soaring arias and passionate duets, have long made La Traviata one of the most popular of all operas.

TraviataA scene from La Traviata

Cast and Creative Team
This will be the first of two major LA Opera appearances in the coming season for Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz, who sings the role of Alfredo Germont; he will return in November 2014 as Arcadio in Florencia en el Amazonas. The cast also includes:

•    Bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs (LAO debut) as Baron Douphol
•    Baritone Daniel Armstrong** as Marchese D’Obigny
•    Tenor Brenton Ryan* (LAO debut) as Gastone de Letorières
•    Bass Soloman Howard (LAO debut) as Doctor Grenville
•    Mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell as Flora Bervoix
•    Soprano Vanessa Becerra* (LAO debut) as Annina

* Incoming member of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program
**Alumnus of the Domingo-Colburn Stein Young Artist Program

The director of La Traviata, Marta Domingo, also designed the scenery and costumes for this production. The lighting designer is Alan Burrett, and the choreographer is Kitty McNamee. Grant Gershon is chorus director.

For complete casting, creative team, artist bios and ticketing information, click here.

La Traviata is performed in Italian, with simultaneous English translation projected over the stage.

Performance Dates, Times and Special Events:
There will be seven performances of La Traviata at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012:

•    Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 6:00pm
•    Wednesday, September 17, at 7:30pm
•    Friday, September 19, at 8:00pm
•    Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 2:00pm
•    Tuesday, September 23, at 7:30pm
•    Friday, September 26, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, September 28, at 2:00pm

Tickets to La Traviata are currently available in ticket packages, with individual tickets going on sale to the general public on June 22. Tickets start at $19 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 www.LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email laopera@laopera.org.

To download artist and production photographs, click here.

This release was updated on August 14, 2014, to include information about the added seventh performance on September 19.

Production made possible by generous gifts from
The Milan Panic Family and Barbara Augusta Teichert.

Special underwriting support from Joyce and Aubrey Chernick.


LA Opera Media Contacts:
Gary Murphy, Director of Communications and Public Relations
gmurphy@laopera.org | 213.972.7554

Shannita Williams, Associate Director of Communications, Social Media
shannita@laopera.org | 213.972.7347


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