|THE FESTIVAL PLAY OF DANIEL|
I just returned from The Dorthey Chandlerr Pavilion in downtown LA. We are in rehearsal for "The Festival Play Of Daniel," an opera that wil be presented at the Cathedral of Our Lady Of The Angels on February 27th in 2010.
I want to tell you about the experience of performing with the LA Opera and its cast and crew. You have to be there to see the dedication and commitment that is put into a production of this stye. From the director to the costume people, they all give their best. No one is there that doesn't have that commitment. It is hard to discribe the feelings I have about them. In my lifetime I have worked on many productions, and these people are fantastic. I have met individuals within productions who were that dedicated but not too many productions had a total commitment from everyone. The director has a sense of humor and behind that knows exactly what he doing. I can't say enough about these people.
If your are in the LA area at the time of this production, you must come and see it..
LA Opera is pleased to announce the community production and free public performances of The Festival Play of Daniel, conducted by Richard Seaver Music Director James Conlon, on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 4pm and 7pm at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Festival Play of Daniel follows the Company's enormous successes with recent productions of Britten's Noah's Flood and Handel's Judas Maccabaeus at the Cathedral. Director Eli Villanueva has translated the original Latin libretto into English and scored it for student orchestra musicians performing with members of the LA Opera Orchestra.
The Festival Play of Daniel will continue the tradition of LA Opera artists performing alongside nearly 400 community volunteers in a work that has been described as "nothing less than an earlier operatic masterpiece." The cast includes members of LA Opera's Domingo/Thornton Young Artist Program and an orchestra made up of members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra as well as the Hamilton High School Academy of Music Orchestra and the Colburn School String Orchestra.. The performance will also feature both child and adult singers, drawn from the Choir of St. John Eudes Church and School, the Colburn School Children's Choir, Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley Children's Choir, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels Choir, teachers from LA Opera's Opera for Educators program, students from Central High School #9 Theatre Academy, and students from LA Opera's Youth Opera Camp program.
For more information about The Festival Play of Daniel, click here.
Admission to The Festival Play of Daniel is free of charge, with a handling fee of $1 per order. There is a four-ticket limit per household, subject to availability. Tickets are required for entry, and can be reserved online at www.LAOpera.com/daniel or by phone at (213) 972-8001, beginning Monday, January 25 at 10am. The Cathedral is located at 555 West Temple Street in Los Angeles.
This production made possible by a generous grant from the Dan Murphy Foundation
Special support also received from Wells Fargo
All programs, artists and dates are subject to change.