-- Los Angeles Opera launches its 2007-08 season with a trifecta of major
attractions this fall. On Saturday Sept. 8, the company will open its
gala weekend celebration with Beethoven's FIDELIO, directed and designed
by Pier'Alli, conducted by James Conlon. Beethoven's only opera, FIDELIO
stars soprano Anja Kampe as Leonore, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan,
and Matti Salminen as Rocco. Others in the cast include Eike Wilm Schulte,
Oleg Bryjak, Rebekah Camm, Greg Fedderly, Robert MacNeil and James Creswell.
The REQUIEM was written to honor one of the central figures of 19th-century Italian cultural life, Alessandro Manzoni. On the one-year anniversary of Manzoni's death (May 22, 1874) Verdi conducted the premiere of the Requiem at the Church of San Marco in Milan, with a repeat three days later at La Scala.
Another company premiere (of the original Met production) will take place on Sept. 27 when Leos Janacek's JENUFA is unveiled at the Music Center. Conducted by Conlon and directed by Olivier Tambosi, Janacek's tragic love story will be sung by Karita Mattila (in the title role), Eva Urbanova, Kim Begley, Joseph Kaiser, Elizabeth Bishop, Jason Stearns, Lauren McNeese, James Creswell, Margaret Thompson and Lori Ann Fuller. Production design is by Frank Philipp Schlossmann.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. Call (213) 972-8001 or visit laopera.com
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