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In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, the fourth largest opera company in the United States. Conductor and Music Director James Conlon has developed a vast symphonic, operatic and choral repertoire and has established enduring relationships with the world's most prestigious symphony orchestras and opera houses. Through worldwide touring to North and South America, Asia, and Europe, an extensive discography, frequent television appearances and guest speaking engagements, he has become one of today's most recognized conductors.

 

Lucia di Lammermoor

8/9

Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
LA Opera
James Conlon, conductor
LA Opera Chorus
Grant Gershon, chorus master

Albina Shagimuratova, Saimir Pirgu, Stephen Powell, James Creswell, Joshua Guerrero, D'Ana Lombard, Vladimir Dmitruk

Learn more from this production summary and listen to an opera preview with Albina Shagimuratova and Saimir Pirgu, who sing the roles of Lucia and Edgardo.

Thais

8/16

Jules Massenet: Thaïs
LA Opera
James Conlon, conductor
LA Opera Chorus
Grant Gershon, chorus master

Nino Machaidze, Plácido Domingo, Paul Groves, Valentin Anikin, Milena Kitic, Hae Ji Chang, Cassandra Zoé Velasco, Kihun Yoon

Learn more from this production summary and listen to an opera preview with Nino Machaidze, who sings the role of Thaïs.

San Francisco Opera

This series presents performances from recent seasons of the San Francisco Opera as well as productions from the archives. The second largest opera company in North America, San Francisco Opera was founded in 1923. For the past seven years, the company has been under the direction of David Gockley.

Mefistofele

8/23

Arrigo Boito: Mefistofele
San Francisco Opera, Orchestra and Chorus
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
Ian Robertson, chorus director

Ildar Abdrazakov (Mefistofele), Ramon Vargas (Faust), Chuanyue Wang (Wagner), Luke Lazzaro (Adam), Brook Broughton (Eve), Patricia Racette (Margherita), Erin Johnson (Marta), Patricia Racette (Elena), Renee Rapier (Pantalis), Chuanyue Wang (Nereo)

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Tosca

8/30

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
San Francisco Opera, Orchestra and Chorus
Nicola Luisotti, conductor
Ian Robertson, chorus director

Christian Van Horn (Cesare Angelotti), Dale Travis (Sacristan), Brian Jagde (Mario Cavaradossi), Patricia Racette (Floria Tosca), Mark Delavan (Baron Scarpia), Joel Sorensen (Spoletta), Ao Li (Sciarrone), Ryan Nelson-Flack (Shepherd boy), Ryan Kuster (Jailer)

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Der Fliegende Holländer

9/6

Richard Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer
San Francisco Opera, Orchestra and Chorus
Patrick Summers, conductor
Ian Robertson, chorus director

Lise Lindstrom (Senta), Erin Johnson (Mary), Ian Storey (Erik), A. J. Glueckert (The Steersman), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Daland), Greer Grimsley (The Dutchman)

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Peter Grimes

9/13

Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes
San Francisco Opera, Orchestra and Chorus
John Pritchard, conductor
Robert Jones, chorus director

Paul Geiger (Hobson), Alexander Malta (Swallow), Jon Vickers (Peter Grimes), Donna Petersen (Mrs. Sedley), Heather Harper (Ellen Orford), John Del Carlo (A Fisherman), Sheila Nadler (Auntie), Paul Crook (Bob Boles), Geraint Evans (Captain Balstrode), Joseph Frank (Rev. Horace Adams), Claudia Cummings (First Niece), Pamela South (Second Niece), Wayne Turnage (Ned Keene), Steven Cohen (Boy), John Duykers (A Lawyer), Janusz (Dr. Thorpe)

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Dayton Opera

Tosca

9/20

Giacomo Puccini: Tosca
Dayton Opera
Joseph Mechavich, conductor
Dayton Opera Chorus
Kettering Children's Choir
Jeffrey Powell, chorus master
Recorded in November 2013 at the Schuster Center

Soprano Kara Shay Thomson (Tosca), bass-baritone Mark Schnaible (Scarpia), tenor Jonathan Burton (Cavaradossi) and bass-baritone Thomas Hammons (Sacristan)

 

Hansel and Gretel

9/27

Englebert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel
Dayton Opera
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Kettering Children's Choir
Jeffrey Powell, conductor and chorus master
Recorded in February 2014 at the Schuster Center

Soprano Rachel Policar (Gretel), mezzo-Soprano Jennifer Panara (Hansel), tenor Logan Rucker (Sandman/Dew Fairy), soprano Alexandra Loutsion (Gertrude), baritone Mark Baker (Peter) and Gary Briggle (director and Witch)

Aida

10/4

Giuseppe Verdi: Aida
Dayton Opera
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Neal Gittleman, conductor
Recorded in May 2014 at the Schuster Center

Soprano Indira Mahajan (Aida), mezzo-soprano Layna Chianakas (Amneris), tenor John Pickle (Radames), baritone Grant Youngblood (King Amonasro) and bass Harold Wilson (Ramfis)