Speranza Scapucci, Renee Fleming & David Daniels Headline Music Academy Of The West Festival

By Francisco Salazar

The Music Academy of the West will celebrate its 70th Anniversary with a full slate of performances and masterclasses.

For its sole operatic production, the company will present Donizetti’s “L’Elisir D’Amore.” The opera will be helmed by world-renowned conductor and Academy alumna Speranza Scappucci in collaboration with Los Angeles-based director James Darrah, known for creating “once-in-a-lifetime experiences.” Overseen by Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne, the fully staged and costumed production will take place at the historic Granada Theatre on July 27 and 29.

In addition, Renée Fleming and David Daniels will be part of the four Mosher Guest artists and will take part in major Academy performances and share their expertise through masterclasses.

To celebrate its milestone, the festival will also introduce three important new initiatives, the Commissions and Premieres program, the Enterprise Awards Program for Alumni, and the Steinway Competition and Tour. It will also present the Inaugural Evolution/Revolution Conference.

The festival will also include Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic and Matthew Aucoin, and  Stephen Hough as Guest Artists.

The Academy of Music of the West will run from June 12 through August 5, 2017.