HOLLYWOOD — The L.A. Opera has evolved since its inaugural bow of “Otello,” when the curtain wouldn’t rise, to allow Placido Domingo‘s entrance to the April 19 20th-anni performance/gala so grandiose any opera diva would surely approve.
Lucy Schaufercredits Domingo for energizing L.A. Opera and bringing in an impressive cast of volunteers for the evening. “How could you turn down the opportunity to have a bit of fun,” said the evening’s Prince Orlofsky. “And when Placido says come, you say yes.”
Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Veronica Villarroel and local golden boy Charles Castronova also answered Domingo’s call.
To celebrate the L.A. Opera and its hometown, Schaufer rewrote lyrics in “Die Fledermaus” to celebrate the best and funkiest parts of the city, injecting plastic-surgery jokes into the dialogue of 19th-century Vienna.