LOLA Introduces Wagner’s First Opera to The U.S. Stage

PASADENA, CA – Production of “Die Feen” Will Premier as Part of the Ring Festival LA in June 2010.

Lyric Opera of Los Angeles (LOLA), a non-profit performing arts organization, will present the rare and first-completed opera by Wagner entitled “Die Feen” (The Fairies) during five performances starting on June 11, 2010. The performances will take place at the historic Pasadena Playhouse as part of the Ring Festival LA’s scheduled events. The Ring Festival (laoperaring.com) features the participation of more than 50 arts institutions around Los Angeles that will produce exhibitions, concerts, and educational programming related to Wagner and his music.

Laura Sage, Executive Director and founder of Lyric Opera of Los Angeles expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming production, “We are honored to be chosen as an official Partner with Los Angeles Opera in the Ring Festival. Through this partnership and our dedication to producing quality performances, we will continue to fulfill our mission to bring lesser-known operatic works to the stage. Die Feen will be an outstanding production that all attendees of the Ring Festival can enjoy.”

Wagner wrote the early opera “Die Feen” (The Fairies) in 1833 when he was just 20 years old. This rare work, composed in three acts, was his first completed opera and remained unperformed during his lifetime. Since then, the world has come to know “Die Feen” through occasional performances mainly in Germany. The opera has never been staged in the US and will now receive its first US audience at Lyric Opera of Los Angeles’ June 11 performance.

The production of “Die Feen” will showcase top local performers and orchestral musicians, including many who return year after year to work with Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. The performances will take place at the Pasadena Playhouse, an historic venue built in 1917. The city’s landmark will serve as a fitting backdrop for the first US presentation of Wagner’s “Die Feen.”

About Lyric Opera of Los Angeles (LOLA)
Founded in 2002, Lyric Opera of Los Angeles (lyricoperala.org) brings lesser-known operatic works back to the stage. LOLA is known for its West Coast and staged premieres of works such as “Der Vampyr” by Heinrich Marschner, the chamber operetta “Cendrillon” by Pauline Viardot, “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados, “Abu Hassan” by C.M. von Weber, “Rita” by Donizetti, “Manon Lescaut” by Daniel Francois Esprit Auber, and “Un Giorno di Regno” by Giuseppe Verdi. Their 2010/2011 season will bring about the U.S. Premiere (possibly a World premiere, as there have not been any performances in over 100 years) of “Le Philtre” by D.F.E. Auber, and the other “La Boheme” by Leoncavallo. In 2009, LOLA was selected as an official Partner of the Los Angeles Opera for the 2010 Ring Festival and will be presenting Wagner’s first completed opera “Die Feen” (The Fairies) in June 2010. This work has never been staged in the United States. More on LOLA can be found online, or by calling 877-LOLA-OPERA.