The Los Angeles Opera will welcome 500 high school students for the dress rehearsal of its next production “Omar”.
On October 20, 2022, students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, Long Beach Unified School District, and Compton Unified School District will have the chance to witness new work by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to speak with artists and get a behind-the-scenes look at the production team, including Abels and lighting designer Pablo Santiago, who will also be on hand.
Student admission to dress rehearsal is made possible through LA Opera’s Opera Prep program, which is sponsored by Wells Fargo and the Max H. Gluck Foundation.
“Omar” opens October 22, 2022 and runs through November 13, 2022. The opera, which chronicles American slavery written by Omar Ibn Said who was kidnapped and forced to board a ship at destination South Carolina, stars Jamez McCorkle in the title role, mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms as Fatima, Omar’s mother; bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch, in the dual role of Johnson and Owen; soprano Jackeline Echols, in the role of Julie; and tenor Barry Banks as Hades. Kazem Abdullah directs and Kaneza Schaal directs.