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January Seminar: Leonard Bernstein and Candide

January 21, 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

5th Floor, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Orientation for New Members: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Program: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM (Lunch 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM)

Singer: Erin Morley

Speakers: Michael Hackett and Sarah Gibson

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Come join us for an in-depth look at the career of American composer, conductor and classical music icon Leonard Bernstein as part of LA Opera's continuing celebration of his 100th birthday. We are thrilled to be introducing Professor Sarah Gibson of the USC Thornton School of Music, who will introduce us to Bernstein's body of work. After break for lunch, one of the Opera League's favorite speakers, Dr. Michael Hackett, will acquaint us with Candide, Bernstein's take on the Voltaire satiric novella about the idealist who endures terrible setbacks in his life, only to reassure himself that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds." One of the landmarks of the latter half of the 20th century, Bernstein's score is a dazzling blend of operetta, musical theater, opera and symphonic orchestration.


Erin Morley

Erin Morley, one of the world's most in-demand coloraturas, is making her role and house debut with LA Opera's production of Candide. Last season, she scored a triumph as Sophie in the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Der Rosenkavalier. Ms. Morley’s 2017-2018 season includes a return to the Metropolitan Opera as Olympia in The Tales of Hoffmann, back-to-back Strauss roles at the Vienna State Opera (Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier), and Mahler's 8th Symphony with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Morley will return to both Glyndebourne (as Sophie) and Santa Fe Opera (as Zerbinetta). A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Ms. Morley has sung more than 80 performances at the Metropolitan Opera.



Sarah Gibson

Dr. Sarah Gibson is a Professor of Music Theory and Aural Skills at USC and is also the Teaching Artist for the Composer Fellowship Program with the LA Philharmonic. She is a composer, pianist, conductor, and educator who has received numerous awards including the Victor Herbert ASCAP award, NFMC Marion Richter American Music Composition Award, and first place in the 2010 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest. Dr. Gibson has performed with and had compositions performed by soprano Lindsay Kesselman, members of eighth blackbird, the L.A. Composer’s Project 'What’s Next?' Festival, USC Thornton Edge, the USC Thornton Symphony, and Bang on a Can. Sarah co-founded a music piano duo, HOCKET, with fellow pianist/composer Thomas Kotcheff, that debuted with Firebird Ensemble in 2014.


Michael Hackett

Dr. Michael Hackett is a Professor of directing and theater history in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; the Centrum Sztuki Studio and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw; Santa Fe Short Story Festival; Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the Los Angeles Opera (children’s series); Musica Angelica; the Geffen Playhouse; Antaeus Company; Getty Villa and Getty Center and fifteen radio productions for L.A. Theater Works. Known to opera audiences in Southern California, he has lectured extensively for the Los Angeles Opera League and for Los Angeles Opera and, in recognition of these activities, was given the Fifth Annual Peter Hemmings Award by the Opera League.

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Author: Thomas Lady

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