Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Where the Wild Things Are!
About This Performance
Cutting edge video technology meets classic hand-drawn illustration in a new production of Oliver Knussen’s rambunctious fantasy opera setting of the late Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Ravel was an influence on the young Knussen, and Gustavo Dudamel pairs Where the Wild Things Are with Ravel’s equally colorful and evocative Mother Goose fairy tales, which also receive video treatment from British director Netia Jones.
The interaction of live performer images with Sendak’s beloved artwork.
Gustavo Dudamel brings 20th-century musical fantasies to sonic life like no other conductor.
Though this 95-minute program is not a “kids’ concert,” it may be appropriate for some children based on parental discretion. All patrons, regardless of age, must sit quietly through the performance. No one under 6 will be admitted.
- Thursday, October 11, 2012 – 7:00pm
- Friday, October 12, 2012 – 7:00pm
- Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 7:00pm
- Sunday, October 14, 2012 – 1:00pm
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Netia Jones, Director, Designer and Video Artist
Claire Booth, Max
Susan Bickley, Mama and Tzippy/Female Wild Thing
Christopher Lemmings, Moise/Wild Thing with Beard
Jonathan Gunthorpe, Bruno/Wild Thing with Horns
Graeme Broadbent, Emile/Rooster Wild Thing
Graeme Danby, Bernard/Bull Wild Thing