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LOS ANGELES OPERA LAUNCHES ITS NEW SEASON
Performances of DON CARLO and SATYAGRAHA will mark the start of L.A. Opera’s 2018/2019 season.

Placido Domingo and conductor James Conlon will join forces in Verdi’s historical epic, DON CARLO, which will be performed Sept. 22-Oct. 14 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Domingo will take on the role of Rodrigo, the heroic best friend of the King of Spain, Don Carlo, who will be sung by superstar Ramon Vargas, returning to L.A. for the first time in nearly two decades.
With its rich orchestrations, thundering choruses and an endless flow of rapturous melodies, DON CARLO, one of Verdi’s grandest and greatest works, is an enthralling tale of morality and mortality. The opera is directed by Ian Judge, with scenery by John Gunter.

“A stunning revival, La Opera has created an extraordinary realization of the drama and music in Verdi’s huge, raw-boned and rarely performed operatic masterpiece,” said Variety.

On Oct. 20-November 11, La Opera will present SATYAGRAHA (Sanskrit for “truth force”) by Philip Glass, the third in his trilogy about great thinkers who changed the world. (The first two were “Einstein on the Beach” and “Ahknaten.”) Phelim McDermott directs, Sean Panikkar stars as Gandhi, with Grant Gershon conducting. The opera is sung in Sanskrit with projected English titles.

SATYAGRAHA is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed a radical new idea of nonviolent political resistance.

In a review of the British production of SATYGRAHA, Opera News said, “Sean Panikkar continued to position himself as one of the stars of his generation. His voice is unassailable–-firm, sturdy and clear, and he employs it with maximum dramatic intensity.”

(Laopera.org or 213-972-8001)



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