Puccini’s heartbreaking tragedy comes to Lyric in a breathtakingly beautiful production. Family, fortune, and honor—the geisha Cio-Cio-San forsakes them all for the callous American naval officer who calls her his “bride.” But what she sees as a lifetime commitment, he treats as just a fleeting pleasure.
The Grand Finals Concert, hosted by Met star Lawrence Brownlee, a former National Council Auditions winner who is currently rehearsing for a starring role in the Met’s revival of Bellini’s I Puritani. Soprano Susanna Phillips, another former winner who sings starring roles in three operas at the Met this season, performed the aria “Dove sono” from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro while the judges deliberate.
Violetta is the most desirable courtesan in Paris. Sought after by society’s most important men and wealthy in her own right, she is perfectly content—until she falls in love with Alfredo Germont. But when Alfredo’s father insists that she’ll ruin Alfredo’s family name, she selflessly pushes away the only man she’s ever loved. Will they ever be together again? Yes, but by then it’s much, much too late.
Two friends angle to “out-prank” each other, a wife contemplates a tenorial fling, her maid schemes to break into showbiz, and Vienna’s favorite prince encourages us all to party on!
Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! Rossini’s music sparkles like sunshine with one hit tune after another. Not only is Figaro the Barber of Seville, he’s also the ultimate Mr. Fix-It! This time he’s out to ensure that Count Almaviva can marry lovely Rosina before her grumpy old guardian drags her to the altar himself.
You may know Dvořák’s rousing “New World Symphony”—but here he’s at his romantic best as dark swirling under-currents blend seamlessly with entrancing folk melodies. A witch grants a water nymph mortality so she can marry the prince she adores. But if he’s unfaithful, their souls are damned for eternity. And damned they are in the darkly sensual fairytale.
Can a Roman emperor forgive a woman who either wants to marry him or murder him? And can he pardon the would-be assassin who’s supposedly his best friend? Find out in this spellbinding Sir David McVicar production that got rave reviews at France’s Aix-en-Provence Festival.
In honor of Verdi’s 200th birthday, LA Opera presents a new production of the crowning glory of the composer’s magnificent career, his comic masterpiece Falstaff. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, praised internationally for his mastery of Verdi, conducts this unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England’s lusty days and bawdy nights, starring Italian baritone Roberto Frontali.
No man can resist Carmen’s gypsy charms, but when she’s ready to move on, watch out! A riveting drama of love and jealousy, filled with famously alluring melodies and captivating dances, Carmen is one of the world’s most popular operas.
A celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness. Under the masterful baton of James Conlon, LA Opera presents the first U.S. performances of a highly inventive show.