Russell Thomas, J’Nai Bridges to Headline Los Angeles Opera’s In-Person ‘Oedipus Rex’ This June

By David Salazar

The Los Angeles Opera has announced that it will return to live, in-person performances starting with a June 6 performance of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex.”

The showcase will take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and will represent the company’s premiere of the opera. James Conlon will conduct the performance, which will star Russell Thomas, J’Nai Bridges, John Relyea, Morris Robinson, and Robert Stahley.

“I am overjoyed to be reunited with the orchestra and chorus and all of my colleagues at LA Opera, celebrating our reemergence after more than a year,” said James Conlon in a press release. “Making music and theater is our collective life’s passion, and we return with this unique masterpiece of the early 20th centuryThis ‘opera-oratorio,’ as Stravinsky called it, is a unique creation that broke tradition nearly a century ago, and its freshness and vitality remain undiminished today.”

Tickets will be free but audience members will have to prove that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 at least two weeks before the performance or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performances. Fully vaccinated members will sit in the orchestra section while those with negative test results will be assigned socially distanced seats in the Founders Circle.

Additionally, the Los Angeles Opera announced that a video performance of the opera would stream on the LA Opera’s On Now digital platform starting on June 17, 2021.