The Broad Stage And LA Opera Present The World Premiere Of Dulce Rosa Conducted By Placido Domingo NEW OPERA BY COMPOSER LEE HOLDRIDGE AND LIBRETTIST/DIRECTOR RICHARD SPARKS FRIDAY, 17 MAY 2013, 6:30 PM AT THE BROAD STAGE


SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --


The Broad Stage and LA Opera have joined forces to co-produce the world premiere of Dulce Rosa, a fully-staged opera by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks—their largest-scale collaboration to-date—based on celebrated Chilean novelist Isabel Allende's short story "Una Venganza" ("An Act of Vengeance"). Dulce Rosa is a tale of romance and ruin, of revenge and redemption set in a South American country in the early 1950s. "The story is based on the tragedy of a young woman called Dulce Rosa who spent years planning how to punish the man who had raped her and killed her family. It doesn't sound like a love theme, does it?  Trust me, it is" says Allende.


"We're not calling it the "r-word," and tiptoeing around it," says Sparks, "I would answer that Dulce Rosa isn't "about" rape.  It is about a number of other r-words:  revenge, and the impossibility thereof.  It is about redemption, and revolution (both personal and politicial), about ruin and renewal."


Placido Domingo, The Eli and Edythe Broad General Director of LA Opera, will conduct the production featuring the LA Opera Chorus and Orchestra at The Broad Stage. The title role will be performed by Uruguayan soprano Maria Eugenia Antunez, with Mexican baritone Alfredo Daza as Rosa's nemesis Tadeo Cespedes, and American tenor Greg Fedderly as Rosa's father, Senator Orellano. The media art director and set designer is Yael Pardess, with costumes by Durinda Wood, lighting by Anne Militello, and projections by Jenny Okun.


Opening Night at The Broad Stage will begin at 6:30 PM with a photo opportunity with Placido Domingo and Isabel Allende at 7:15pm (in English and Spanish).

Dulce Rosa will be sung in English with projected English supertitles. Dulce Rosa contains scenes for mature audiences.


& Where:

Date: Friday, 17 May 2013



6:00 PM Press reception on the Plaza

6:30 PM Pre-concert conversation with Isabel Allende in the theater

7:00 PM Photo opportunity with Placido Domingo and Isabel Allende (in Spanish and English)

7:30 PM Performance with hosted intermission. Performance immediately followed by Opening Night Party on the Plaza

10:15 PM Performance Ends

10:45 PM Post-performance photo opportunity and interviews with Placido Domingo and Isabel Allende Placido Domingo and Isabel Allende, Lee Holdridge, Richard Sparks, Jenny Okun and the cast (Spanish and English)


Location: The Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401



To cover the event, please contact Vanessa Butler at (213) 446-0774 or email

SOURCE The Broad Stage

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