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Highway 1, USA / The Dwarf

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Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Los Angeles, USA
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 1
Duration: 2h 40min
Sung in: English
Titles in: English
Cast
Performers
Tenor: Chaz`men Williams-Ali (Nate)
Soprano: Emily Magee (Ghita)
Soprano: Erica Petrocelli (Donna Clara)
Conductor: James Conlon
Bass: Kristinn Sigmundsson (Don Estoban)
Soprano: Nicole Heaston (Mary)
Baritone: Norman Garrett (Bob)
Tenor: Roderick Dixon (The Dwarf)
Creators
Composer: Alexander Zemlinsky
Composer: William Grant Still
Director: Darko Tresnjak
Librettist: Georg C. Klaren
Director: Kaneza Schaal
Dramaturge: Oscar Wilde
Librettist: Verna Arvey
Overview

The groundbreaking Recovered Voices project returns with a pair of powerful one-act operas.

An LA Opera Production.

The power of art triumphs over historical neglect and censorship in two 20th-century gems. First up is a rare staging of Highway 1, USA by William Grant Still, a trailblazing Jim Crow-era composer hailed as “the Dean of African-American Composers.” Norman Garrett and Nicole Heaston star as a hardworking couple determined to build a better life, who discover that their years of sacrifices have been misguided. Chaz'men Williams-Ali portrays the beneficiary of their support, who squanders the opportunities granted to him. This new production is staged by visionary director Kaneza Schaal, who helmed the stunning 2022 production of Omar.

"William Grant Still gives us such gorgeous orchestration... it is truly wonderful music."
Steve Callahan – Broadway World

“Still’s one-act stunner... Though stylish, the music is unabashedly approachable. If played more widely, Still’s aesthetic might attract modern-opera skeptics who have rejected works from the modernist or Minimalist camps that dominate the 20th-century repertoire currently performed in America.”
– The New York Times

Rodrick Dixon performs the title role opposite audience favorites Erica Petrocelli and Kristinn Sigmundsson in The Dwarf, a heartbreaking tale of one-sided love in an opulent Spanish court. Last presented here in 2008 to critical acclaim, Oscar Wilde’s fable is brought to life through a lush and romantic score by Alexander Zemlinsky, whose career was cut short by the rise of the Nazi regime.

“[Dixon] clearly loves to inhabit the vocally demanding role of the Dwarf, which he performs to mesmerizing effect.”
– Seen and Heard International

History
Premiere of this production: 11 May 1963, Coral Gables High School, USA

Highway 1, USA is an American opera in one act with music by William Grant Still and libretto by Verna Arvey. Originally composed during the 1940s with the title A Southern Interlude, the opera received its premiere under its revised and definitive title in 1963.

Premiere of this production: 22 May 1922, Stadttheater Glockengasse, Cologne

Der Zwerg (The Dwarf), is an opera in one act by Austrian composer Alexander von Zemlinsky to a libretto by Georg C. Klaren, freely adapted from the short story "The Birthday of the Infanta" by Oscar Wilde.

Venue Info

LA Opera - Los Angeles
Location   135 North Grand Avenue

The Los Angeles Opera is an American opera company in Los Angeles, California. It is the fourth-largest opera company in the United States. The company's home base is the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, part of the Los Angeles Music Center.

Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo has been General Director of LA Opera since 2003. To date, he has sung 27 different roles with the company including, most recently, the baritone title role of Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" (September 2015) as well as Giorgio Germont in Verdi's "La Traviata," Athanael in Massenet's Thaïs," Francesco Foscari in Verdi's I due Foscari, Pablo Neruda in Daniel Catan's Il Postino, Siegmund in Die Walküre, Vidal Hernando in Luisa Fernanda, and the title roles in Simon Boccanegra, Tamerlano, Idomeneo and Parsifal. He has also conducted 16 different operas and numerous concerts with the company.

American conductor James Conlon has been Music Director since 2006, succeeding Kent Nagano, who held the official title of "Principal Conductor" from 2001–2003 and then became Music Director. To date, Maestro Conlon has conducted 46 different operas for LA Opera, in addition to numerous concerts.

Christopher Koelsch has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of LA Opera since 2012. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010, after serving as Vice President for Artistic Planning. He is the first year-round resident of Los Angeles to lead LA Opera since 2007.

Grant Gershon became Resident Conductor as of the 2012–13 season, after previously serving as Associate Conductor/Chorus Master since 2007. Previous conductors in residence included William Vendice, Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master, from 1995 to 2007; and Randall Behr, Resident Conductor, Chorus Master, and Head of Music Staff from 1988 to 1995.

LA Opera (also known as Los Angeles Opera), which was inaugurated in 1986 with a production of Verdi's Otello starring Plácido Domingo, traces its roots back to the Los Angeles Civic Grand Opera, which was formed in 1948. It presented staged productions in a church located in Beverly Hills through the 1950s, funded by furniture maker Francesco Pace. Later, Carol F. Henry, who has served as the President of the Board since 2005, became started volunteering for the Los Angeles Opera League in 1981. Shortly after its third production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the company abandoned its own production projects and recreated itself as the Music Center Opera Association by bringing opera from other cities to the Music Center, notably San Francisco Opera the New York City Opera. San Francisco Opera began presenting productions in Los Angeles in 1937 and continued to do so every fall until 1969. The NYCO brought productions to Los Angeles every fall from 1966 to 1982.

In 1984, the Music Center Opera Association hired Peter Hemmings and gave him the task of creating a local opera company which would once again present its own productions. This led to the forming of Los Angeles Opera. Hemmings stepped down as General Director in 2000, with Plácido Domingo assuming leadership of the company following season. (In fact, Domingo had been involved in the creation of the company, having served as its artistic consultant since 1984.) In November 2001, Edgar Baitzel was made director of artistic operations. Baitzel was appointed the company's Artistic Director in May 2003 and then its chief operating officer in February 2006. Baitzel died in March 2007. In September 2012, Christopher Koelsch was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010, after serving as Vice President for Artistic Planning.

Important Info
Type: Opera
City: Los Angeles, USA
Starts at: 19:30
Acts: 1
Duration: 2h 40min
Sung in: English
Titles in: English
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