Los Angeles Opera's Nicholas and Alexandra at the New Disney Hall

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Los Angeles Opera's Nicholas and Alexandra at the New Disney Hall


Nott, Carolyn, Musical Opinion


Los Angeles Opera's Nicholas and Alexandra at the new Disney Hall

Now that the sparkling new Disney Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, has opened in Los Angeles (see f age 18), the Los Angeles Opera no longer has to share the adjacent Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, which has moved into its high-profile home across the road. Considering that California is the fifth largest economy in the world, it may seem strange that its number one city, Los Angeles, acquired a true resident opera company only 17 years ago when Peter Hemmings, formerly in charge of Scottish Opera, was hired as its first founding General Director.

The Opera thrived under Hemmings' direction, and in 1995 Placido Domingo was named Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor. Now the Opera's General Director, Domingo has sung well over 100 performances with the company, and has conducted productions of Verdi's La traviata and Rigoletto and Puccini's La Boheme and Tosca, among others.

Nicholas and Alexandra by Deborah Drattell, to a libretto by Nicholas von Horfman, is the first new work to be commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera and opened on 14 September. …

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