Wagner's Voluptuous Opera Tannhäuser at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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The last date listed for Tannhäuser was Wednesday February 28, 2007 / 7:00pm.
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Sex and sin have taken over the city of Alexandria, now ruled over by the lusty courtesan Thaïs, who spends her days pursuing sensual delights. Renowned tenor Plácido Domingo plays a pious monk determined to save the courtesan's soul and bring the city back to God. But as the sinner becomes a saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passion for Thaïs. This thrilling production from the Finnish National Opera has taken European opera houses by storm and now brings its intoxicating melodies and exotic colors to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, thanks to LA Opera. Performed in French with projected English translations, Thaïs will seduce you with its glittering costumes and sets and the passionate soprano of the incomparable Nino Machaidze, as Thaïs. Learn More
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Wagner’s most voluptuous opera opens with the lyric poet Tannhäuser lost in lust with Venus, the pagan goddess of passion. Our hero appears to be living the ultimate male fantasy. Venus’s charms prove incapable of eternal enchantment, however, when Tannhäuser chooses earthly freedom over the slavery of erotic entrapment.
The musical gifts that won Tannhäuser the heart of a goddess also conquer the heart of the beatific Elisabeth, a nobleman’s innocent daughter. When he shocks the town with his bold song affirming love’s sensual delights and discloses his dalliance with Venus, he’s condemned and banished. Only the fatal love of his faithful Elisabeth can redeem him.
James Conlon conducts this company premiere in a new production directed by Ian Judge. Tannhäuser features some of opera’s most thrilling music: The famous overture, the rousing bacchanale that crescendos to a savage climax, Elisabeth’s greeting to the hall of music (“Dich, teure Halle”), Wolfram’s serenade to the evening star (“O, du mein holder Abendstern”), and the heaven-storming Pilgrim’s Chorus.