LA Opera announces details for 2022/23 season

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LA Opera President and CEO Christopher Koelsch today announced details of the company’s groundbreaking 37th season. Musical director James Conlon will lead three main productions and Colombian-American conductor Lina González-Granados will make her company debut as resident conductor, the first Latina to hold a position as conductor of high rank in a major American opera company.

The company will return to pre-pandemic levels with six main productions – four of which will be new to Los Angeles – as well as three concerts presented at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Several additional performances will be featured elsewhere as part of the company’s Off Grand and Connects initiatives.

Main Stage performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will include:

  • a new production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, conducted by Lina González-Granados in her debut as the company’s resident conductor, and featuring Amanda Woodbury and Liv Redpath in the title role, alongside Arturo Chacón-Cruz , Alexander Birch Elliott and Eric Owens

  • the west coast premiere of Omar by Grammy and MacArthur award-winning composer/librettist Rhiannon Giddens and acclaimed composer Michael Abels, based on the autobiography of Omar Ibn Said, an enslaved West African scholar in the southern United States. United, with Jamez McCorkle, Daniel Okulitch and Jacqueline Echols, and directed by Kazem Abdullah

  • a cover of Puccini’s Tosca with Angel Blue, Gregory Kunde and Ryan McKinny, conducted by Oksana Lyniv in her company debut

  • a new production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, directed by James Conlon and directed by James Gray, with costumes by Christian Lacroix and featuring a cast of company favorites including Craig Colclough, Ana María Martínez, Janai Brugger and Lucas Meachem

  • the company’s first production since 1995 of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, conducted by James Conlon and directed by David McVicar, starring Sydney Mancasola, Will Liverman, Kyle Ketelsen, Susan Graham and Ferruccio Furlanetto

  • a revival of Verdi’s imposing masterpiece Otello, not performed at LA Opera since 2008, conducted by James Conlon and featuring artist-in-residence Russell Thomas, Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Igor Golovatenko

  • Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez in recital with pianist Vincenzo Scalera

  • a concert of Handel’s Baroque masterpiece, Solomon, with Harry Bicket conducting The English Concert

LA Opera Off Grand performances will include:

  • Halloween screenings of Boris Karloff’s 1931 classic Frankenstein at the Ace Hotel Theater, with composer Michael Shapiro conducting his newly revised soundtrack, performed by musicians from the LA Opera Orchestra and singers from the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program

  • a recital with tenor Russell Thomas, artist-in-residence of the company, at the Colburn School

  • a recital with mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard and Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas at the Colburn School

  • the West Coast premiere of a doubleheader by composer Emma O’Halloran and librettist Mark O’Halloran, Mary Motorhead and TRADE (the latter with Marc Kudisch), presented at REDCAT in conjunction with Beth Morrison Projects

LA Opera Connects performances for the season will include:

  • BambinO, a revolutionary new traveling opera created especially for babies and toddlers

  • the world premiere of a trio of one-act operas for the Song of Los Angeles Project, exploring what it means to be an Angeleno in the past, present and future

  • a revival of Moses, by composer Henry Mollicone and librettist Shishir Kurup, conducted by James Conlon and performed by hundreds of singers and musicians of all ages at Notre-Dame des Anges Cathedral

Additional information can be found at LAOpera.org.