Bizet's Carmen: Acclaimed Madrid Production at Los Angeles Opera
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Featured review from Annette Mann
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Over the years, I've seen many productions of Carmen. This is one of my favorites. Not only were the singers wonderful and the stage setting impressive, but Carmen was performed as Carmen should be, lusty, flirtatious, and passionate. Don Jose also carried his role of infatuated, obsessed, want to be lover very well. After a few disappointing opera productions at the Music Center, I am again a fan.
Thank you, Goldstar for wonderful seats, orchestra row J on the side, was excellent. Note for anyone going, parking during the weekday at the Music Center can be hard to get, so get there early unless you want to park at the Disney Hall. It was still ok.
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Bizet’s sizzling opera springs to vivid life in this production that originated at Madrid’s Teatro Real. French conductor Emmanuel Villaume, Spoleto Festival USA’s Music Director for Opera and Orchestra, returns to lead a magnificent production originally created by Emilio Sagi for the Teatro Real.
Spanish mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera makes her Company debut as Carmen, a signature role she has sung recently at Covent Garden and at The Met. Tenor German Villar takes the part of the obsessive and self-destructive Don José. Sabina Cvilak makes her Company debut as Micaëla. Acclaimed bass Raymond Aceto takes the role of Escamillo.