LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO
Billy Budd by Britten — James Conlon leads the LA Opera Orchestra and Chorus for one of Benjamin Britten's most strikingly theatrical and grandly scaled masterpieces. Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale, adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms.
Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti — A darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. As Lucia, Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova is “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed” (Opera News).
Thais by Massenet — The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. As seducer transforms into saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passions.