To open the Los Angeles Opera’s 2015-16 season, director Woody Allen is producing his interpretation of the acclaimed comic opera Gianni Schicchi.
Starting Sep. 12, Allen will direct his rendition of the musical, which first debuted in 2008, the opera company announced Tuesday. The LA Opera also announced that the upcoming season, its 30th, will kick-off with a double bill of Allen’s Gianni Schicchi, which will feature 74-year-old Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo as the lead.
Company president and chief executive Christopher Koelsch stated that the 30th-anniversary season program would celebrate the legacy of Los Angeles Opera and its history of collaborating with noted filmmakers, according to the Los Angeles Times.
“I think we’re in incredibly good shape. We’re creating a new model of what an opera company can be,” Koelsch said.
Allen appears set to have an active year. Aside from producing Gianni Schicchi, Amazon announced earlier this month it would give the director the reins to his own television project.
That announcement was made just days after the company’s transgender series Transparent took home multiple awards at the 2015 Golden Globe Awards.