Susan Graham, Julia Bullock, Russell Thomas, Christine Goerke & J’Nai Bridges Headline LA Opera’s Signature Recital Series

By Francisco Salazar

Los Angeles Opera has announced the launch of the Signature Recital Series, which will showcase world-class artists in intimate online performances.

The series will feature Russell Thomas, J’Nai Bridges, Christine Goerke, Julia Bullock, and Susan Graham. Performances will be filmed in venues across the country and in Europe and will be available for on-demand viewing for several weeks after their initial streaming dates, through July 1. Access to the complete series is $30 for LA Opera subscribers and $45 for the general public.

The Signature Recital Series opens with Russell Thomas, the company’s Artist in Residence, joining pianist Mi-Kyung Kim for a performance of Schumann’s song cycle “Dichterliebe.” The performance which will be streamed on April 9 will be filmed at Atlanta’s Spivey Hall and will also include love songs by American composers Adolphus Hailstork and Robert Owens.

On April 23, J’Nai Bridges will appear alongside pianist Howard Watkins in a recital filmed at the Harlem School of the Arts.

On May 7, audiences can see Christine Goerke in a rare recital from Cal Performances at UC Berkeley. She will be joined by pianist Craig Terry in music by Handel, Brahms, and Strauss; Italian art songs; classic show tunes; and other surprises including Carrie Jacobs-Bond’s witty cycle of (very!) short pieces.

On May 21, Julia Bullock will be filmed at the stunning new Blaibach Concert Hall in Germany and will present a recital alongside pianist Laura Poe with German song repertoire of Wolf, Schumann, and Weill. There will also be American music by John Adams, Margaret Bonds and William Grant Still. Bullock will also perform from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.”

Finally, the series will conclude with Susan Graham on June 4. The mezzo will be joined by pianist Jeremy Frank and include music by Kurt Weill. The performance will be filmed on the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.