August 2014 Listings for LA Opera on the Air

August 2014 Listings for LA Opera on the Air

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Plácido Domingo as Athanaël and Nino Machaidze as Thaïs in the LA Opera's performance of Massenet's Thaïs.  Tune in on August 16th for this thrilling production that has taken European opera houses by storm.

August features Britten's Billy Budd,  Donizetti's  Lucia di Lammermoor and Massenet's Thaïs with Plácido Domingo in the role of Athanaël.           

 8/2        Britten:  Billy Budd

Based on Herman Melville’s classic American tale and adapted into a libretto by English novelist E.M. Forster and writer Eric Crozier, Billy Budd tells the story of the persecution and destruction of a pure-hearted sailor by a predatory master-at-arms. It's a tragedy of "sexual discharge gone evil," as Forster described it, and a work that has captivated audiences around the world since its 1951 world premiere.  Leading the all-male cast, baritone Liam Bonner returns for his role debut as Billy, with tenor Richard Croft as Captain Vere. Bass Greer Grimsley makes his LA Opera debut as Claggart, the master-at-arms maddened by Billy’s goodness and beauty. 


Billy Budd                     Liam Bonner

Captain Vere                 Richard Croft

John Claggart                Greer Grimsley

Mr. Redburn                  Anthony Michaels-Moore

Mr. Flint                        Daniel Sumegi

Lieutenant Ratcliffe           Patrick Blackwell

Red Whiskers                Greg Fedderly

Arthur Jones                  Museop Kim

Donald                          Jonathan Michie

Dansker                        James Creswell

Bosun                           Craig Colclough

Novice                        Keith Jameson

First Mate                     Paul LaRosa

Second Mate                 Daniel Armstrong

Novice’s Friend             Valentin Anikin

Maintop                         Vladimir Dmitruk

Squeak                         Matthew O’Neill

Cabin Boy                     Rory Hemmings


8/9        Donizetti:  Lucia di Lammermoor

A darkly romantic tale of family honor, betrayal and madness returns to Los Angeles for the first time in a decade. As Lucia, Russian coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova is “a phenomenon that must be heard to be believed”(Opera News). Returning as Lucia’s secret lover is tenor Saimir Pirgu, whose "youthful stage presence and eager phrasing...mark him out as a tenor to watch”(Opera News). Forced by her family to marry against her will, Lucia descends into madness. Her chilling, blood-spattered reappearance at the wedding reception has become one of the most iconic scenes in all opera. A tour-de-force of Italian Romantic opera at its most powerful and dramatic, Lucia di Lammermoor is the gleaming jewel in opera’s bel canto crown.


Lucia                Albina Shagimuratova

Edgardo            Saimir Pirgu

Enrico               Stephen Powell

Raimondo         James Creswell

Normanno         Joshua Guerrero

Alisa                 D’Ana Lombard

Arturo               Vladimir Dmitruk


8/16      Massenet:  Thaïs

The most beautiful courtesan in Alexandria, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, the monk Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. As seducer transforms into saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passions. The incomparable Nino Machaidze returns as Thaïs, with Plácido Domingo as her would-be savior. Filled with intoxicating melodies, Thaïs seduces the ears with a glittering treasure trove of pleasures.


Thaïs                Nino Machaidze

Athanaël           Plácido Domingo 

Nicias               Paul Groves 

Palemon           Valentin Anikin

Albine               Milena Kitic

Crobyle             Hae Ji Chang

Myrtale             Cassandra Zoé Velasco

Servant             Kihun Yoon