A Marriage of Architecture and Opera: Dulce Rosa and The Marriage of Figaro

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The Marriage of Figaro with sets designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, whose sketch is shown, left, and costumes by Azzedine Alaïa)

Meanwhile in Santa Monica, The Broad Stage and LA Opera have joined forces to co-produce the world premiere of Dulce Rosa, a modern opera by composer Lee Holdridge and librettist Richard Sparks, conducted by Plácido Domingo.

The opera is based on the Isabel Allende short story “Una Venganza” (“An Act of Vengeance”) and is described as a tale of “romance and ruin, of revenge and redemption set in a South American country in the early 1950s.” Its sets include projections of abstract architectural imagery (shown) by art photographer Jenny Okun. There are six performances, through June 9; tickets and information here. But don’t bring the kids: apparently it features — what opera doesn’t! — explicit rape and violent death.