18, 2018.Plácido Domingo, the company’s general director, will sing the title role in Verdi’s “Nabucco” beginning Oct. The company’s three-year commemoration of the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth will include the company premiere of “Candide” from Jan. 7, and also will sing in a concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Domingo’s first appearance at the Pavilion in a concert on Nov. 14, and join Grant Gershon to conduct performances of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” beginning Oct. 17 to be conducted by Conlon. 27-Feb.
Although indoor classical-music seasons still have several months to run, late January is when we begin to see announcements of upcoming seasons, in this case the 2017-18 schedules. 9. Here are the first three into the inbox:Los Angeles OperaFive of the six productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion will be new to the company, including a presentation of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which will open the season on Sept. James Conlon, who recently extended his contract as LAO’s music director through the 2021-22 season, will conduct this “Carmen” and also will lead three of the other five main-stage offerings.
LAO presented the Italian version in 2003 but this offering will be the French version that was presented in Paris in 1774.The LAO production of “Orpheus” will run March 10-25. Perhaps the most interesting presentation of the upcoming season will be Gluck’s “Orpheus and Eurydice,” which will be a co-production with Lyric Opera Chicago and feature a collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet. John Neumeier, director and chief choreographer of the Hamburg Ballet, will direct and design the sets, costumes and lighting.
The LAO season also will include four “Off-Grand Presentations” at various locales and a recital by Audra McDonald on May 20, 2018.Information: 213-972-8001, www.laopera.orgLos Angeles Chamber OrchestraLACO’s 50th anniversary season will be its first after Jeffrey Kahane steps down in May with 20 years as the orchestra’s music director, although Kahane will return “home” to lead his first concerts as LACO conductor emeritus.Instead, seven of the eight orchestra concerts in Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall will be led by guest conductors, several of whom are returnees and are, undoubtedly, on the list of potential successors to Kahane.