The season opens September 9 with a gala performance of Marta Domingo's production of Verdi's La traviata, featuring Ren_e Fleming, Rolando Villaz‹n, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. It will be conducted by James Conlon, making his debut as the company's music director.
New productions include Ian Judge's staging of Verdi's Don Carlo, which opens September 10. Conlon will conduct a cast including Salvatore Licitra, Annalisa Raspagliosi, Dolora Zajick, and Eric Halfvarson.
Netrebko and Villaz‹n will appear in the company's premiere of Massenet's Manon, a co-production with the Staatsoper Berlin that will be directed and choreographed by Vincent Paterson. It opens September 30; Domingo will conduct.
Also in the lineup is a new production opening February 10, 2007, of Kurt Weill's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, with Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald both making their L.A. Opera debuts. Conlon will collaborate with West End and Broadway director John Doyle for the production.
Later in the season, Conlon conducts Wagner's Tannh‹user, with Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Franz-Josef Selig, Martin Gantner, and Lioba Braun.
Other highlights include a new production of Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel; the company premiere of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, with Susan Graham and Frederica von Stade; Franz Lehšr's operetta The Merry Widow; and Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, directed by Francesca Zambello.
The season closes with the company premiere of Federico Moreno Torroba's zarzuela Luisa Fernanda, which will run June 3-16, 2007.