Two 20th-century gems come together to create a double bill of magnificent works ripe for rediscovery.
A Historic LA Premiere: Highway 1, USA
First up is the uplifting Highway 1, USA by trailblazer William Grant Still, hailed as “the Dean of African-American Composers.” Norman Garrett and Nicole Heaston star as a hardworking Black couple determined to build a better life, whose years of sacrifice turn out to be misguided. Chaz'men Williams-Ali portrays the ne'er-do-well brother who squanders every opportunity granted to him. This new staging (only the second-ever professional production of this heartwarming opera) is helmed by visionary director Kaneza Schaal and production designer Christopher Myers, reuniting after their work on our stunning 2022 production of Omar.
An Impossible Romance: The Dwarf
Next up is a gothic tale of one-sided love in a decadent Spanish court. Tenor Rodrick Dixon stars in the title role opposite audience favorites Erica Petrocelli and Kristinn Sigmundsson as we present Alexander Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf. Last staged at LA Opera in 2008 to critical acclaim, Oscar Wilde’s fable is brought to life through a lush and romantic score. Tony-winning director Darko Tresnjak conjures a royally opulent production, with costumes from fellow Tony Award winner Linda Cho.
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"William Grant Still gives us such gorgeous orchestration... it is truly wonderful music."
“Still’s one-act stunner... Though stylish, the music is unabashedly approachable. If played more widely, Still’s aesthetic might attract modern-opera skeptics who have rejected works from the modernist or Minimalist camps that dominate the 20th-century repertoire currently performed in America.”
“[Dixon] clearly loves to inhabit the vocally demanding role of the Dwarf, which he performs to mesmerizing effect.”
- The Dwarf
- Rodrick Dixon
- Donna Clara
- Erica Petrocelli
- Don Estoban
- Kristinn Sigmundsson
- Emily Magee
- First Maid
- Kathleen O'Mara
- Second Maid
- Deepa Johnny
- Third Maid
- Sarah Saturnino
- First Playmate
- Tiffany Townsend
- Second Playmate
- Madeleine Lyon
- James Conlon
- Darko Tresnjak
- Ralph Funicello
- Linda Cho
- David Weiner
- Jeremy Frank
Read the synopsis
Highway 1, USA is performed in English with English subtitles. The Dwarf is performed in German with English subtitles.
An original LA Opera production
Approximate running time: approximately two hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission
Audio description will be available for the March 3 matinee.