L.A. Opera sets sked

Los Angeles Music Center Opera’s 1994-95 season will contain eight productions, the most provocative of which is a collaboration between controversial director Peter Sellars and conductor Simon Rattle in Debussy’s “Pelleas et Melisande,” due to open Feb. 4, 1995.

In this production, which was unveiled by Netherlands Opera last year, Sellars transferred the setting of “Pelleas” from an imaginary castle to a contemporary dwelling on the Malibu coastline.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic will serve as the pit orchestra, and Rattle’s wife, soprano Elise Ross, will sing the role of Melisande.

The season opens Sept. 9 with Gounod’s “Faust” with Jorma Silvasti in the title role and Veronica Villarroel as Marguerite. Two revivals follow — Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” Sept. 10, with Marilyn Zschau as Elektra, Ealynn Voss as Chrysothemis and Leonie Rysanek as Klytaemnestra; and Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” Sept. 27, with Anna Tomowa-Sintow as Donna Anna, Joanna Kozlowska as Donna Elvira and Thomas Allen in the title role.

Handel’s rarely performed”Xerxes” checks in Oct. 29 in a Santa Fe Opera production. Director Stephen Lawless will inherit the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” March 18, 1995.

Placido Domingo and June Anderson highlight the company’s second revival of its inaugural production of Verdi’s “Otello” May 6, 1995. The season ends June 7 -18, 1995, with a new production of Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” that is being co-produced by 11 opera companies and theaters.

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