Composer Julia Adolphe To Premiere Two Works This Season

By Francisco Salazar

Composer Julia Adolphe is set to premiere two new works in the 2018-19 season.

First, up will be her new orchestral work, “Underneath the Sheen,” which will be premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic this September as part of the orchestra’s centennial season celebration. The work comes in commemoration of the orchestra’s centennial year. In celebration, the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned over 50 new works from the world’s leading composers to be premiered throughout their 2018–19 season and Adolphe’s piece was one of the selected few. The piece will be performed on Sept. 27, 2018, as part of the orchestra’s opening night concert and gala event conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Then Adolphe’s new comic opera, “A Barrel of Laughs, A Vale of Tears,” will be a Project-in-Residence at National Sawdust. As one of four Projects-in-Residence at National Sawdust this season, Adolphe is collaborating with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann and director Elkhanah Pulitzer to adapt Jules Feiffer’s loopy fairytale into an opera for all ages.

The work will be previewed on Oct. 13, 2018, in Los Angeles featuring soprano Hila Plitmann and mezzo-soprano Victoria Fox.