News for January/February 2006


Famed Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky returns to L.A. Opera for a one-time concert, Jan. 15 at 2 PM, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The artist performs with conductor Constantine Orbelian and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and Yale Chorus in a challenging program of sumptuous Russian arias and heartfelt songs from Russia's "war years."

"A consummate singer," said the L.A. Times after his recital debut with L.A. Opera in 2004. Since he first came to the attention of the West in 1989 after winning the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, the baritone has sung at numerous major opera houses, including Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Vienna State Opera and Metropolitan Opera.

Los Angeles Opera will also mount Robert Wilson's acclaimed production of Puccini's MADADA BUTTERFLY in Jan./Feb of this year. Wilson first staged BUTTERFLY for L.A. Opera in 2004, winning both critical kudos and box-office success. The celebrated American soprano Patricia Racette makes her company debut as Cio-Cio-San, with tenors Marcus Haddock and Richard Troxell alternating as her faithless American husband, B.F. Pinkerton. Also featured are baritones Vladimir Chernov and Malcolm MacKenzie as Sharpless. Dan Ettinger returns to conduct the L.A. Opera Orchestra and Chorus following his debut in last season's Aida.

For tickets and schedules call (213) 972-8001 or visit


Repertory Opera Company's 2005/06 season continues with a Feb. 17-28 production of Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTI. Los Angeles' newest and fastest growing opera company has been described as "a fresh new vision for L.A....speaking to the heart through fine acting and energetic, perfectly modulated singing."

Artistic Director LizBeth Lucca, who has helmed over thirty productions in L.A. and at the Shaker Mountain Opera Festival, formed ROC to bring affordable opera to local opera-lovers (current ticket prices are $20 per ticket). Other upcoming productions include Lucia di Lammermoor (April 18-27) and Susanna (June 16-27).

All productions take place at the Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Blvd. (east of Highland). Call 323-969-4602.

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