Lorca, Child of the Moon is a rare event on any stage – the world premiere of a new, full-length opera. Alumnus Jonathan Stockhammer will conduct the score by composer and music department chair Ian Krouse.
Lorca traces the passions and works of 20th-century Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca. In director Margarita Galban's libretto, Lorca steps in and out of his plays and poems. Alumna Mari Sandoval created the flamenco-inspired choreography.
Juliana Gondek, voice and opera division chair, is a soloist. The other singers and the orchestra members are UCLA students. Initially the dancers, singers and orchestra rehearsed separately.
After a series of combined rehearsals, the dress rehearsal brings together orchestra, singers, dancers, costumes and sets at the Freud Playhouse. Audiences will get their first look (and listen) March 17-20.