Il Trittico: Woody Allen, William Friedkin Direct Three One-Act Puccini Operas for LA 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 Bernadette G.
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Everything was wonderful! To begin with, the stage settings for each opera were magnificent and that was only the beginning. I love Puccini and welcomed the opportunity to see this seldom produced three opera production. It was one of my most memorable opera experiences. The time flew by and everyone both on stage and off seemed to be having a wonderful time. The three different stories took the listener through a wide range of emotions ending on a comic/sad note. Congratulations to all involved. Well done!
Award-winning film directors William Friedkin and Woody Allen join forces to create a new cinematic production of Puccini’s trio of one-act operas.
p. Bringing fresh insight to Puccini’s trilogy of one-act operas will be two Academy Award-winning filmmakers. William Friedkin will direct Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica and Woody Allen will make his opera debut directing Gianni Schicchi. Tony Award-winning production designer Santo Loquasto (who has worked on more than 20 Woody Allen films) will design all three operas. On the podium will be Music Director James Conlon.
Il Tabarro (“The Cloak”), the story of a passionate love triangle that leads to a tragic end, features Mark Delavan, Salvatore Licitra and Anja Kampe. Suor Angelica (“Sister Angelica”) tells the heart-rending tale of a cloistered nun with a worldly secret, and it features some of Puccini’s most meltingly beautiful melodies, including the poignant “Senza Mamma.” Sondra Radvanovsky returns to sing the title role, and mezzo Larissa Diadkova makes her Company debut. Gianni Schicchi, a romantic comedy that takes a page from Dante, features Thomas Allen in his debut in the title role along with soprano Laura Tatulescu and tenor Saimir Pirgu, who make their company debuts.