News for September/October 2012

Los Angeles Opera's 2012/13 season will open on Sept. 15 with an exciting rarity: the first staging by an American opera company of Verdi's THE TWO FOSCARI (I DUE FOSCARI) in four decades.

Placido Domingo will sing the role of the Venetian head of state, Francesco Foscari, with Francesco Meli playing his son (and rival), Jacopo Foscari. Others in the cast include Marina Poplavskaya and Levgen Orlov. The conductor is James Conlon, the director Thaddeus Strassberger.

THE TWO FOSCARI is a co-production with Valencia's Palau de la Musica; Vienna's Theater an der Wien; and London's Royal Opera House, but it will play first in Los Angeles, performing in repertory with the Peter Stein production of Mozart's DON GIOVANNI starring Lidebrando D'Arcangelo. Domingo and Conlon will share the conducting duties.

The other operas scheduled for 2012/13 are: MADAME BUTTERFLY (with Oksana Dyka as Cio-Cio-San); THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, CINDERELLA and TOSCA. All six of the season's productions are new to Los Angeles.

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