Wagner's Voluptuous Opera Tannhäuser at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
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LA Opera brings Gaetano Donizetti's tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor back to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. Loosely based on Sir Walter Scott's historical novel, Lucia concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton, who's caught in a vicious feud between families. The setting is the hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century. Donizetti wrote Lucia in 1835 -- a time when Europeans were highly interested in the history and culture of Scotland, having romanticized its violent wars and feuds, and its folklore and mythology. This production is sung in Italian, with English supertitles. Learn More
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A passionate and inspired evening of Wagner. The sex-filled Bacchanale was a little-dated but otherwise, the production was first-rate. Except for Venus, the singing was excellent and the performances were quite moving. Best of all was James Conlon's conducting. LA is lucky to have him
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.