LA Opera to Launch ‘On Now’ Streaming Platform With Joseph Bologne’s ‘The Anonymous Lover’

By David Salazar

The Los Angeles Opera has announced that it will kick off its On Now streaming platform with the company premiere of Joseph Bologne’s “The Anonymous Lover” on Nov. 14, 2020.

The work will be conducted by James Conlon and will be directed by Bruce Lemon Jr. The cast will be comprised of members of the company’s young artist program including tenor Robert Stahley, soprano Tiffany Townsend, soprano Alaysha Fox, baritone Michael J. Hawk, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Flores, and countertenor Jacob Ingbar.

“This presentation of ‘The Anonymous Lover’ gives us many reasons for celebration,” stated the company’s Paul and Marybelle Musoc President and CEO Christopher Koelsch in a press release. “An unjustly neglected piece long overdue for a return to the opera stage, the opera reminds us that artists of color have created, performed and worked in the field of classical music for centuries, too often facing insurmountable odds. I’m thrilled to work with stage director Bruce Lemon, Jr., for the first time, in our efforts to help bring this remarkable work back to its rightful place in the repertoire.”

The opera will be available to stream via the company’s official website.