LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Opera joins the Metropolitan Opera and Washington Opera as only the third American opera company to record its productions on high definition video. With support from such donors as Milton and Rosemary Okun, Milan Panic and Moshe Barkat of Modern Video/Film, Los Angeles Opera has taped the first two operas of its 2003-04 season, THE DAMNATION OF FAUST and NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDER. The operas will be later distributed on DVD.
General Director Placido Domingo said, "Now, not only will the incredible music of these two artworks be preserved, but also the striking visual elements. This state of the art recording medium is not only a fantastic way to capture the excitement of opera through modern technology, but it is a great educational tool that will help build new opera audiences for generations to come."
In November, Los Angeles Opera will mount two classic operas, LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR by Gaetano Donizetti and ORFEO ED EURIDICE by Christoph Willibald Gluck.
The latter is one of the oldest operas in the standard repertoire and is famed for its ornate vocal lines and sumptuous melodies, plus dramatic clarity and integrity. Gluck, many critics feel, changed the face of opera with ORFEO. It will be sung by Vivica Genaux, Maria Bayo and Carmen Giannattasio, with Lucinda Childs directing and Hartmut Haenchen conducting.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR was co-produced by Washington Opera and stars Anna Netrebko as Lucia, Jose Bros as Edgardo and Franco Vassallo as Enrico. Marthe Keller directs, Julius Rudel is the conductor.
Los Angeles Opera performs in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call (213) 972-8001 or visit LosAngelesOpera.com
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