Renée Fleming, Russell Thomas, Javier Camarena, Latonia Moore Headline LA Opera’s 2021-22 Season

By David Salazar

The Los Angeles Opera has announced changes to the remainder of its 2020-21 season and officially announced its 2021-22 season.

Due to ongoing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the company will refrain from any indoor performances until, at the earliest, the 2021-22 season.

The new season will kick off with a production of “Il Trovatore” starring Guanqun Yu will sing Leonora, with Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Raehann Bryce-Davis as Azucena, Vladimir Stoyanov as Count di Luna, and Morris Robinson as Ferrando. James Conlon conducts and Francisco Negron directs.

Performance Dates: Sept. 18-Oct. 10, 2021

The company will present “Tannhäuser” with a cast featuring Issachah Savage as Tannhäuser, Sara Jakubiak as Elisabeth, Yulia Matochkina as Venus, Lucas Meachem as Wolfram and Morris Robinson as Hermann. James Conlon conducts and Louisa Muller directs.

Performance Dates: Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 2021

Get Out in Concert” will feature composer Michael Abels conducting the LA Opera Orchestra and the DC6 Singers in live performances of the “gospel horror” soundtrack.

Performance Dates: Oct. 30 and 31, 2021

Harry Bicket will conduct two concert performances of “Alcina.”

Performance Dates: Nov. 2 and 5, 2021 

Next up is “La Cenerentola” with a cast starring Serena Malfi as Angelina/Cinderella, Levy Sekgapane as Don Ramiro, Alessandro Corbelli as Don Magnifico, Rodion Pogossov as Dandini, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Alidoro. Laurent Pelly will make his LA Opera debut as the director with Roberto Abbado conducting.

Performance Dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 12, 2021

The company will also present St. Matthew’s Passion with soprano Tamara Wilson, tenor Ben Bliss, and bass-baritone Craig Colclough in a production led by choreographer John Neumeier.

Performance Dates: March 2022 

Tenor Javier Camarena will present a pair of recitals in LA.

Performance Dates: March 31 and April 2, 2022

“In Our Daughter’s Eyes,” an opera by Du Yun, will be presented at REDCAT as part of the Off Grand series. Nathan Gunn stars.

Performance Dates: April 14-17, 2022

Aida” returns in a production by Francesca Zambello and James Conlon conducting. Latonia Moore, Russell Thomas, and Morris Robinson star.

Performance Dates: May 21 – June 12, 2022

Renée Fleming and Rod Gilfry join forces for “The Brightness of Light” by Kevin Puts. James Conlon conducts the LA Opera Orchestra.

Performance Dates: June 18, 2022