DREAM ORCHESTRA NEWSROOM
DREAM ORCHESTRA LOS ANGELES Artistic Director, Daniel Suk
Dream Orchestra Presents Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ Aug. 25
at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
LOS ANGELES – Artistic Director Daniel Suk and the Dream Orchestra return to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to present Verdi’s “Requiem” on Aug. 25.
The concert will be 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 25 at the cathedral, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets, $12-$40, are available at www.dreamorchestra.org and www.eventbrite.com.
The Cathedral is an appropriate setting for the “Requiem.” Composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired, its first performance was at the San Marco church in Milan in 1874.
The work requires an orchestra, four soloists and a double choir. Suk and The Dream Orchestra will be joined by Soprano Julie Adams, Mezzo-Soprano Taylor Raven, Tenor Joshua Guerrero, Bass Apollo Wong, the Opera Chorus of Los Angeles and the Learners Chorus of Hong Kong.
Burbank native Julie Adams is a winner of the 2014 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2015 George London Award, 2015 Elizabeth Connell prize for aspiring dramatic sopranos, and recipient of a 2015 Sara Tucker Study Grant. The New York Times praised her for possessing a voice that is “rich, full and slightly earthy in an expressive way.” In 2018–2019 season she made her house debut with Arizona Opera as Anna Sorensen in “Silent Night” by Kevin Puts, and her house debut with Des Moines Metro Opera as Mimì in “La Bohème.”
Mezzo-Soprano Taylor Raven returns to Los Angeles after performing with the Wolf Trap Opera Company as a Filene Artist to perform the roles of Rosina in “The Barber of Seville” and Concepción in Ravel's “L’heure espagnole.” During 2018, Ms. Raven was a member of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, performing on the mainstage as Tebaldo in “Don Carlo.” she returned to the LA Opera stage last March as Annio in Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.”
Proclaimed a “gifted young tenor” by the New York Times, Grammy Award-winner Joshua Guerrero made his Washington National Opera debut as Alfredo in “La Traviata” in 2018 and debuted in 2019 in Houston Grand Opera’s “Florencia en el Amazonas” and returned to the Canadian Opera Company as Rodolfo in “La Bohème.”
Educated in Los Angeles and Berlin, Bass Apollo Wong has won first places in Palm Springs Opera Guild Vocal competition and the Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Scholarship and sung operatic and musical roles in “Albert Herring,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Roméo et Juliette,” “Carmen” and other works.
Wong is currently Music Director of The Learners Chorus and The Learners Orchestra, and Chorus Master of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Chorus. The Learners Chorus was founded in 1979 by former members of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union Choir. Their repertoire includes a wide spectrum of choral works, and commissioned works by distinguished Hong Kong composers.
Founded in 2011 by Artistic Director Daniel Suk, the non-profit professional Dream Orchestra’s mission is to promote and present exciting, passionate classical music, enrich the lives of community members and most importantly, inspire the next generation of young people to love classical music and become artists.
For more information, visit www.dreamorchestra.org. Tickets: (323) 850-2000