Los Angeles likes to think big and so does LA Opera. Its home is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; its four tiers, grand chandeliers, wide curving stairways and capacity of 3156 making it one of the largest opera houses in the United States. Although it draws its roots from the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera, LA Opera is a young company, only inaugurated in 1986. That first production was Otello, starring Plácido Domingo, who has been inextricably linked to the company ever since. He has performed there – both on stage and in the pit – many times, and became General Director in 2003.
James Robinson’s witty production is set in the 1920s on board the Orient Express en route from Istanbul to Paris. Konstanze is sung by Sally Matthews, Joel Prieto sings Belmonte and bass Morris Robinson is Osmin.
If it’s strong women and big voices you’re into, don’t miss the concert Anna Netrebko gives with her husband, tenor Yusif Eyvazov, on 4 May. Her voice is in terrific shape, having darkened in recent years to open up thrilling new areas of repertory. Who knows, you may even get an early glimpse of her Aida, which she debuts at the Salzburg Festival in August…
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