Everything You Need to Know About the Los Angeles Opera’s 2017-18 Season

By David Salazar

The Los Angeles Opera’s 2017-18 season promises to feature a number of major classics and some new works as well.


In total there are eight operas, including “Carmen” which kicks off the new season on Sept. 9. The 6-show run stars Ana María Martinez in the title role while Amanda Woodbury plays Michaela. Alexander Vinogradov portrays Escamillo and James Conlon conducts. There is no Don Jose currently scheduled.

Another Bizet Classic

On Oct. 7, the company turns to another Bizet opera, “The Pearl Fishers.” This production stars Nino Machaisze, Javier camarena, Alfredo Daza and Nicholas Brownlee. Plácido Domingo and Grant Gershon both conduct the production by Penny Woolcock.

The 50-Year Maestro

Plácido Domingo, celebrating his 50th anniversary with the company, will bring his signature role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” to the stage. He will share it with Liudmyla Monastyrska, with whom he has been an unstoppable duo in this opera. Morris Robinson, Mario Chang and Nancy Fabiola Herrera comprise the rest of the cast that James Conlon will lead. That run starts on Oct. 14 and ends on Nov. 19.

Nov. 17 will be the night in which the company holds a concert to honor Domingo’s 50th anniversary.

A Cinematic Gem

Keeril’s Makan’s “Persona,” an opera based on Ingmar Bergman’s famous film, takes the stage on Nov. 9 and runs for four straight nights. The work stars Amada Crider, Lacey Dorn and Joshua Jeremiah.


After an extended holiday break, the company reopens on Jan. 27, 2018 with a production of Bernstein’s “Candide.” Jack Swanson and Erin Morley star in a production by Francesca Zambello that will be conducted by James Conlon. The run ends on Feb. 18.

Orpheus et Euridice

Listte Oropesa, Maxim Mironov and Liv Redpath star in a production of Gluck’s “Orpheus and Euridice” that kicks off on March 10 and runs for six shows through March 25.


Verdi’s “Rigoletto” takes the stage on May 12 with Leo Nucci and Ambrogio Maestri sharing the title role. Lisette Oropesa and Irina Lungu will alternate Golda while Michael Fabiano and Arturo Chacón-Cruz do the same with the Duke.

The Final Bow

The season ends with two performances of “Usher House / The Canterville Ghost” by Gordon Getty on June 22 and 24, 2018.