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Persona release

LA OPERA Off Grand presents West Coast premiere of Persona, based on Bergman's film masterpiece

New opera by Keeril Makan and Jay Scheib
is performed at REDCAT (Nov 9-12)

(Los Angeles) November 2, 2017 — LA Opera Off Grand presents the West Coast premiere of Persona, a new opera by composer Keeril Makan and librettist Jay Scheib based on Ingmar Bergman's 1966 film of the same name, a masterpiece of world cinema.

Persona will be presented at REDCAT (located at 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, 90012) from November 9 through 12.

Please note: Persona contains mature content.

About Persona
Persona is a provocative and artistically complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity. In an isolated summer house, a young nurse becomes caretaker of a stage actress who has suddenly lost the ability to speak. The deepening layers of their unsettling relationship unfold in a taut psychological drama, revealed through a unique aural landscape and a richly layered production. The opera had its world premiere in 2015 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.

The running time is approximately 90 minutes, performed without intermission. Each performance will be followed by a post-performance talkback with the creative team behind the opera.

Persona is the seventh offering in a multi-season collaboration between LA Opera and Beth Morrison Projects to present cutting-edge contemporary works.

The Cast and Conductor
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Crider, who performs the leading role of Alma, the nurse, has appeared with Dallas Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, the Castleton Festival and Glimmerglass Opera. Her appearances this season also include the title role of La Cenerentola for Orlando Opera and a return to Apollo's Fire in Orfeo. Lacey Dorn performs the role of Elisabet, the mute actress.

The cast also includes mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell as the Doctor and baritone Joshua Jeremiah as the Man. The conductor is Evan Ziporyn, leading an ensemble made up of musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra.

The Creators and Creative Team
Described by The New Yorker as “empowered by modern technology but haunted by a spirit of immemorial darkness,” composer Keeril Makan has had his work performed by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Scharoun Ensemble Berlin, Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Boston Chamber Music Society.

Jay Scheib is both the librettist and the stage director of Persona. His recent productions include the musical Bat Out of Hell, after the album by Jim Steinman, at English National Opera, and a mash-up of Götterdämmerung with Heiner Goebbels' Surrogate Cities at the Wuppertal Opera House in Germany. Next year he will stage Israeli composer Na’ama Zisser's Mamzer/Bastard at the Royal Opera House in London.

The design team includes Caleb Wertenbaker (scenic design), Joshua Higgason (video and lighting design) and Oana Botez (costume design).

Performance Dates and Times
There will be four performances of Persona presented by LA Opera at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, 90012):

• Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 8pm
• Friday, November 10, 2017, at 8pm
• Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8pm
• Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 2pm

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets cost $69 and can be purchased online at LAOpera.org, by phone at 213.972.8001, or in person at the LA Opera box office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

About LA Opera Off Grand
Persona is presented under LA Opera's Off Grand banner, which complements the company's mainstage programming through a wide variety of artistic explorations in a range of venues throughout Los Angeles. To learn more, visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.

About Beth Morrison Projects
Beth Morrison Projects supports today’s most creative talents working in the fields of opera and music-theater. To date, BMP has commissioned, developed and produced more than 40 works that have been presented around the globe. Learn more at BethMorrisonProjects.org.

REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) is a contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. For more information about REDCAT, please visit REDCAT.org.

For additional information about this presentation, visit LAOpera.org/Persona.

To download artist headshots and production photographs, click here.

LA Opera Off Grand made possible by a generous grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Additional support provided by donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative.

LA Weekly is the Official Media Sponsor of LA Opera Off Grand

LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.

Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera.


LA Opera Media Contact:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554


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