Throughout 2013, the Benjamin Britten centenary will be observed around the world by musicians and institutions of every kind. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon, whose lifelong fascination with Britten is reflected in his personal three-year performance cycle of the composer’s works in America and Europe, is the inspiration for LA Opera’s Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, a countywide collaboration featuring performances, conferences and exhibitions presented by a host of organizations. The festivities continue well into 2014, culminating with LA Opera’s spring production of Billy Budd.
Inaugural Event – Feb. 23
The Britten 100/LA inaugural event will feature a conversation with James Conlon. In a presentation that expands on the format of his enormously popular pre-performance talks, Conlon will discuss the artistic legacy of Britten and his music, as well as introduce the numerous festival events taking place throughout Southern California in the coming year. The event will include performances of Britten’s vocal works by members of LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program and all attendees are invited to meet Conlon in person after the presentation. This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required; please call (213) 972-8001 to reserve.
Venue: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., LA 90012. For more information: (213) 972-8001.
For a continually updated list of events, please visit http://www.laopera.com/community/Britten100LA/.