Mon, Feb 12|
Holocaust Museum LA
An Evening with LA Opera's Maestro Conlon
As part of LA Opera’s Recovered Voices project, Maestro James Conlon discusses Alexander Zemlinsky the great Austrian composer and his opera the Dwarf, inspired by two artistic giants, the Spanish painter Diego Velazquez and Irish author Oscar Wilde.
Time & Location
Feb 12, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Holocaust Museum LA, 100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
James Conlon, one of today’s most versatile and respected conductors, has cultivated a vast symphonic, operatic, and choral repertoire. Since his 1974 debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has conducted virtually every major American and European symphony orchestra. Through worldwide touring, an extensive discography and videography, numerous writings, television appearances and guest speaking engagements, Conlon is one of classical music’s most recognized figures. Conlon is Music Director of LA Opera, where since 2006 he has led more performances than any other conductor in the company’s history, and Artistic Advisor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has served as Music Director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony; and is Music Director Laureate of the Cincinnati May Festival, where he was Music Director for 37 years. As a guest conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, he has led more than 270 performances since his 1976 debut. He is a noted advocate for composers suppressed by the Nazi regime and is an enthusiastic advocate of public scholarship and cultural institutions as forums for the exchange of ideas and inquiry into the role music plays in our shared humanity and civic life. His appearances throughout the country as a speaker on a variety of cultural and educational topics are widely praised. Among his numerous prizes are four Grammy® Awards for recordings with LA Opera.
A Sumptuous Rarity: The Dwarf Tenor 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 at the LA Opera 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.