Candide and Carmen Part of New LA Opera Season

News   Candide and Carmen Part of New LA Opera Season
The West Coast institution will stage six mainstage productions as part of its 2017–18 programming.
Rob Ashford
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LA Opera has announced its 2017-18 season, which will open September 9 and run through June 24, 2018. Included in the lineup: a new production of Carmen and a staging of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday.

The season will kick off with Georges Bizet’s celebrated opera Carmen. James Conlon will conduct, and the cast will be led by Ana María Martínez as Carmen, Alexander Vinogradov as Escamillo, and Amanda Woodbury as Micaëla. The production will be directed and choreographed by Tony winner Rob Ashford. Performances are scheduled to run September 9–October 1.

Francesca Zambello’s production of Candide will begin performances January 27, 2018. Conlon will conduct; the cast includes Jack Swanson as Candide and Erin Morley as Cunegonde. The limited engagement is scheduled to continue through February 18.

The season will also include Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, directed by Penny Woolcock and conducted by Plácido Domingo and Grant Gershon (October 7–28); Giuseppe Verdi’s Nabucco, directed by Thaddeus Strassberger and conducted by Conlon (October 14–November 19); Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, directed, choreographed, and designed by John Neumeier (March 10–25, 2018); and a revival of Mark Lamos' production of Verdi’s Rigoletto, conducted by Matthew Aucoin (May 12–June 3, 2018).

Complete casting and additional information can be found at


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