After a star turn as Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza in London, Renée Fleming will headline the musical stateside. Daniel Evans’ production, which premieres at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall in June, is on the roster for L.A. Opera’s newly announced 2019–2020 season. Performances will run October 12–20.
Dove Cameron, recently Off-Broadway in the musical adaptation of Clueless, is set to play Margaret’s daughter Clara in London; no word yet on casting for the Los Angeles bow of Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas musical aside from Fleming.
Additional highlights include the world premiere of Eurydice, composed by Matthew Aucoin and featuring a libretto by Pulitzer finalist Sarah Ruhl (adapted from her play of the same name). Danielle de Niese (soon to star in ENO’s Man of La Mancha) will sing the title role in the Mary Zimmerman-helmed production, running February 1–23, 2020. As previously reported, the contemporary reimagining of ancient mythology was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center Theater in 2015 and is expected to play New York in a subsequent season.
The season launches September 14 with the California premiere of Barrie Kosky’s La Boheme staging, which debuts at Komische Oper Berlin next month. The lineup also includes a revival of Kosky and Suzanne Andrade’s The Magic Flute (November 16–December 15), Roberto Devereux featuring L.A. Opera general director Plácido Domingo (February 22–March 14, 2020), Pelleas and Melisande (May 2–May 22), The Marriage of Figaro (June 6–28), and the West Coast premiere of Du Yun’s Pulitzer-winning Angel’s Bone (May 1–3).
Additional special events include a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with a live performance of the score from the L.A. Opera Orchestra, an October recital with bel canto tenor Javier Camarena, and a concert performance of Handel’s Rodelinda with The English Concert.
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