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This Week LA, Next Week Ravinia

A Hollywood Moment: actor and director Woody Allen visits with James Conlon and Saimir Pirgu backstage at the LA Opera

A Hollywood Moment: actor and director Woody Allen visits with James Conlon and Saimir Pirgu backstage at the LA Opera

LA Opera, Saturday at 12:00 pm


Two of the three principals on Saturday’s Los Angeles Opera broadcast of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor are in Highland Park these days, preparing to perform Mozart’s Don Giovanni in Ravinia’s Martin Theatre on August 14. James Conlon and tenor Saimir Pirgu are deep into preparations for the production, which is allotted just one week of rehearsal time. Conlon will conduct two Mozart operas, Don Giovanni and The Marriage of Figaro on August 14 -17.

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Tenor Saimir Pirgu, c. Fadil Berisha

The third principal of the LA broadcast, Albina Shagimuratova, gave Chicago a Lucia preview last fall in Millennium Park, thrilling the crowd of some 14,000 fans gathered for the Stars of Lyric Opera concert.

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Albina Shagimuratova as Lucia, c. Leonid Semenyuk

More on Albina Shagimuratova.

Saturday’s broadcast of Lucia di Lammermoor was recorded at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this past March. Ravinia’s music director James Conlon also holds the reins in Los Angeles, where he’s been music director since 2006.

Siamir Pirgu sang Bach’s B minor Mass with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra a year ago, and the World War I centennial concert with Mr. Muti in Ravenna, Italy last month.

More on Saimir Pirgu.

Saimir Pirgu performs with Christopher Maltman, Tamara Wilson, David Bižić, Aga Mikolaj, Ailyn Pérez, and Jonathan Michie. James Conlon conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Ravinia on Thursday, August 14.

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Albina Shagimuratova and Saimir Pirgu

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