Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Free Opera At The Place Theater Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday!

There are four more performances of a wonderfully sung production of Verdi's second opera, a rarely performed comic masterpiece. See below for details.

And if you go to will call - just say you are with the Brady Westwater party and say how many tickets you want - and they will be free! All I ask is that you donate in the box in the lobby after the opera whatever you feel like giving.

Lyric Opera of Los Angeles presents
Un Giorno di Regno (King for a Day)
by Giuseppe Verdi

September 1733. The rightful heir to the Polish throne, Stanislas, is in
hiding because of a War of Succession. When he decides to return, he
sets up a decoy in the person of a French officer to lodge at the castle
of Baron di Kelbar.

Meanwhile, the Baron di Kelbar has arranged alliances with important
members of Society by marrying off his daughter and his niece. But, to
their grief, the women have other loves.

On the day the real king is maneuvering to regain his throne, the false
king is maneuvering to block the arranged marriages and deliver the
women to their true loves.

This is a 19th century comic opera replete with mix-ups and
misunderstandings. The story was so popular that Verdi was commissioned
to make a new musical setting of this existing text. In only his second
opera, we hear the young Verdi begin to emerge from contemporary musical
models to forge the language that was to become his own.


Performed in Italian with English Supertitles
Director - Arthur Freeman * Conductor - Robert Sage
with the LOLA Opera Orchestra & Chorus


(4 performances remaining)

* Wednesday, October 11 - 7:30pm
* Friday, October 13 - 7:30pm
* Saturday, October 14 - 2:00pm
* Saturday, October 14 - 7:30pm

Performances are taking place at the historic DOWNTOWN PALACE THEATRE,
630 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90014


Ticket Prices range from $15-$60
Visit our website to purchase your tickets, or buy yours at the door


(see website for each artists performance dates)

Aram Barsamian - Cavaliere Belfiore
Roberto Gomez - Cavaliere Belfiore
Joyce May-Tobin - la Marchesa del Poggio
Rebecca Sjowall - la Marchesa del Poggio
Matthew King - Edoardo
Patrick Layton - Edoardo
Amber Erwin - Giulietta di Kelbar
Adrien Roberts - Giulietta di Kelbar
William Goldin - Barone di Kelbar
Cale Olson - il Signor la Rocca
Bruce Wright - il Signor la Rocca


Anonymous said...

Do you know if this company is still performing operas? What other opera companies are in town?

Brady Westwater said...

Yes, they will return to the Palace Theater Downtown this fall and they are doing performances in schools around Los Angeles right now. If you email me at, I can add you to their mailing list.

And there is LA Opera, of course, at the Music Center along with a number of smaller companies which I will profile in the hear future.