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Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-972-8001
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83 reviews
437 stars
attended Dec 09 2004

Great performance--I just don't warm up to this particular opera.

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Description

A woman of legendary beauty. An unforgettable voice. One of opera’s most beloved sopranos, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, makes a long-awaited appearance in a role that could have been written for her. For 20 years, Vanessa has hidden her heartbreak from the world. But Vanessa embraces life again when a desperately awaited opportunity—in a wholly unexpected form— finally arrives. Sumptuous vocalism and breathtaking orchestrations celebrate love’s victory against despair.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, making her first operatic appearance with the Company, is our perfect Vanessa. Mezzo-soprano Lucy Schaufer debuts as Vanessa’s niece Erika, who succumbs too easily to the charms of a handsome visitor from the past. Our unparalleled cast also includes tenor John Matz and baritone David Evitts. Mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias, who triumphed as Erika at the opera’s 1958 world premiere, returns in the chilling role of the Old Baroness. A striking John Cox production is conducted by Simone Young.

LANGUAGE:

In English with English Supertitles

RUNNING TIME:

2 hours 40 minutes

PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE:

One hour prior to each performance, led by Michael Hackett.