News for September/October 2014


Works by Verdi and Bartok will launch Los Angeles Opera’s 2014/15 season.

photo: Robert Millard

LA TRAVIATA comes first, with an opening night of September 13. Placido Domingo, Nino Machaidze (as Violetta) and Arturo Chacon star in Verdi’s immortal work. Directed and designed by Marta Domingo, the new production is set in the Roaring Twenties and features a sumptuous Art Deco decor. The run is through September 28.

photo: Monika Rittershaus

Bela Bartok’s only opera, BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE, will open on October 25 for a six-performance run. The opera’s only two singing roles will performed by bass-baritone Robert Hayward and mezzo-soprano Claudia Mahnke. On the same bill is another short work, DIDO & AENEAS, by Henry Purcell. The director is Barrie Kosky.

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L.A. Opera will also offer a free concert on Sept. 25, FALL FANTASY. The venue is the City of Hope hospital. Singers from L.A. Opera will perform some of opera’s greatest arias, followed by selections from the Great American Songbook.

Noon at City of Hope, Cooper Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA. 91010. Admission is free, but you must reserve seats by Sept. 22. Visit or call 800-333-6002

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