News for March/April 2004


LOS ANGELES -- On April 17, Susan Graham, whom Gramophone Magazine called "America's favorite mezzo," will give a solo concert at L.A. Opera's home, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 Grand St., in downtown L.A.

L.A. Opera also announced that its new series of Saturday morning programs will offer THE PROSPECTOR on March 20 at 11 a.m. A rousing tale of California gold rush pioneers based on Puccini's The Girl of the Golden West, THE PROSPECTOR was adapted by Lee Holdridge and Richard Sparks and stars Julia Watkins-Davis, John Atkins, Cedric Berry and Sal Malaki, and is directed by Eli Villanueva.

"Saturday Morning's at the Opera," the company's first-ever slate of Saturday morning events, premiered last month with The Magic Dream, an engaging version of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

The series gives families the opportunity to learn about opera and introduce children to live-opera performances. Held in the Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, each hour-long opera is preceded at 10 a.m. by a 45-minute interactive art-making workshop in the lobby. Children have the opportunity to sit close to the stage by bringing a pillow, or using one provided. Adults are provided with chairs. The operas are suitable for children ages 4 through 10.

For tickets & information to all L.A. Opera events, call (213) 972-8001 or visit


HOUSTON -- The world premiere of Jake Heggie's THE END OF THE AFFAIR will take place March 4-21 at Houston Grand Opera, directed by Leonard Foglia. Based on Graham Greene's 1951 best-selling nove, the opera is Heggie's second work. His first was Dead Man Walking, which became an international hit in 2000.

Starring in THE END OF THE AFFAIR are Cheryl Barker, Peter Coleman-Wright and Teddy Tahn Rhodes. Told against the backdrop of London's blitzkrieg during WW II, the opera is both a tender love story and an exploration of faith that evolves from devastating loss. The opera will be sung in English with English subtitles.

Call (713) 228-OPERA or (800) 62-OPERA.

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