Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming & Matthew Aucoin Headline LA Opera’s 2019-20 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The LA Opera has announced its 2019-20 season featuring six new productions, two company premieres, and one world pmiere. Here is a look at what to expect.

Main Stage

Barrie Kosky directs the first production of Puccini’s “La Bohème” in 25 years. Marina Costa-Jackson makes her LA Opera debut in the title role with Saimir Pirgu as Rodolfo.  Erica Petroelli, Kihun Yoon, and Nicholas Brownlee also star with James Conlon conducting.

Performance Dates: Sept. 14-Oct. 6, 2019

Renée Fleming returns to the opera stage in Adam Guttel’s Tony Award-winning show “A Light in the Piazza.” The new production by Daniel Evans marks the company premiere of the work and will also showcase the debut of conductor Kimberly Grigsby. The show will be seen in a semi-stage production.

Performance Dates: Oct. 12-20, 2019

Barrie Kosky’s production of the “The Magic Flute” gets its first revival. The opera will see the Bogdan Volkov and Joshua Weeker sharing the role of Tamino, while Zuzana Markova will sing Pamina. Theo Hoffman, So Young Park, and Ildebrando d’Arcangelo round out the cast with James Conlon conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 16-Dec. 15, 2019

Matthew Aucoin and Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” will make its world premiere in a new production by Mary Zimmerman. The work, which was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and set to premiere during the 2020-21 season, will see Danielle De Niese in the title role with Joshua Hopkins as Orpheus. John Holiday, Barry Banks, and Rod Gilfry will also star in the new work.

Performance Dates: Feb. 1-23, 2020

Plácido Domingo headlines the company premiere of Donizetti’s “Roberto Devereux.” The new production by Stephen Lawless will see Domingo in his 154th role alongside Davinia Rodriguez, who makes her company debut and her role debut as Elisabetta. Ramón Vargas takes on the title role with Alice Coote rounding out the cast. Eun Sun Kim conducts.

Performance Dates: Feb. 22-March 14, 2020

“Pelléas et Mélisande” returns to the LA Opera for the first time since 1995 in a new production by Sir. David McVicar. Kate Lindsey and Yupeng Wang play the eponymous lovers with Christopher Purves as Golaud. Willard White and Nancy Maultsby round out the cast with James Conlon conducting.

Performance Dates: May 2-23, 2020

Film director James Gray makes his opera debut directing a new production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” James Conlon leads the new production with a cast starring Craig Colclough, Ying Fang, Christopher Maltman, Guanqun Yu, Rihab Chaieb, and Brenton Ryan. Christian Lacroix designs the costumes.

Performance Dates: June 6-18, 2020

Off Grand 

The Off Grand season will begin with “Psycho.” The LA orchestra will perform the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s with the film screening. Louis Lohraseb conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 25-31, 2019 

Du Yun and Royce Vavrek’s “Angel’s Bone” will receive its west coast premiere in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects. The opera will be conducted by Daniela Candillari and will be performed at the Broad Stage.

Performance Dates: May 1-3, 2020


Javier Camarena returns to the company after his debut in 2017. This time he will bring a recital with pianist Angel Rodriguez.

Performance Date: Oct. 20, 2019

Harry Bicket and the English Concert will bring a concert performance of Handel’s “Rodelinda.” The performance will star Lucy Crowe in the title role, Iestyn Davies, Joshua Ellicott, Jess Dandy, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Brandon Cedel.

Performance Date: May 8, 2020