John Malveaux of
On January 28. 2016, as guest of Kathy Crandall (immediate past president of Los Angeles Opera), I attended the LA Opera 2016-17 Season Preview.at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Featured African American cast for the forthcoming season include Soprano J'nai Bridges as Nefertiti in Philip Glass's AKHNATEN, Bass Morris Robinson as Osmin in Mozart's THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO, Tenor Issachah Savage as Narraboth in Richard Strauss's SALOME, and Tenor Russell Thomas as Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini's TOSCA. In addition to discussion/explanation of the 2016-17 season, the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists illustrated the next season in live performances of arias. Tenor Frederick Ballentine as Macduff sang "Ah la paterna mano" from MACBETH. See attachment for picture of Ballentine after the program.