A performance at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois on September 13 will be the first date in the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s wide-reaching tour of its acclaimed production of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter) directed by Peter Sellars. The tour will feature 21 Master Chorale singers conducted by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, and Jenny Wong, Associate Conductor.
Following the Ravinia Festival, the Master Chorale and Gershon will make a stop at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on September 15 before the group embarks overseas with dates at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia on October 5 and 6 conducted by Associate Conductor Jenny Wong. The tour will then travel to Mexico for performances at the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato on October 11 followed by a performance at the historic Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City on October 13.
The production will then return to California with two performances at The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on October 20 and 21. The tour continues in 2019 with January performances for UMS at the University of Michigan (Jan 20) and Carolina Performing Arts at Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Jan 22). Spring will see a performance in Berkeley presented by Cal Performances (May 17) before three European engagements at The Barbican Centre in London (May 23), Sage Gateshead in Gateshead, England (May 25), and the Cité de la Musique in Paris (May 27). Upon its return to the U.S., the Master Chorale will take the production to the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico (May 31).
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s production of Lagrime di San Pietro was first staged in its home venue, Walt Disney Concert Hall, in October 2016. The work is a Renaissance-era 21 madrigal cycle depicting the seven stages of grief that St. Peter experienced after disavowing his knowledge of Jesus Christ on the day of his arrest and prior to his crucifixion. It is set to the poetry of 16th century Italian Renaissance poet Luigi Tansillo. Sellars, working with his frequent collaborator, lighting designer James F. Ingalls, translates Lagrime di San Pietro through a contemporary lens, suggesting a powerful allegory that by taking responsibility and facing our past head-on, we can forge a more resolved and fulfilling future.
Reviewing Lagrime, Simon Williams of Opera News said: “If evidence were needed that imaginative staging can provide us with access to difficult works of art, then it was offered in abundance by the Los Angeles Master Chorale in an extraordinary performance of Orlando di Lasso’s a cappella masterpiece, Lagrime di San Pietro.” LA Times music critic Mark Swed said: “Lagrime is a major accomplishment for the Master Chorale, which sang and acted brilliantly. It is also a major accomplishment for music history.”
The tour dates are in addition to the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s own 2018/19 concert season presented in Walt Disney Concert Hall from September 2018. Tour dates for Lagrime continue to be booked into the 2019/20 season. The touring production is represented by David Lieberman Artists’ Representatives.
Lagrime di San Pietro is made possible with generous underwriting from The Lovelace Family Trust and is dedicated to the memory of Jon Lovelace in honor of the special friendship he shared with director Peter Sellars.
The touring production of Lagrime di San Pietro is supported by lead sponsors Kiki and David Gindler; patron sponsors Philip A. Swan, and Laney and Tom Techentin; and contributing sponsors Jerrie and Abbott Brown, Cindy and Gary Frischling, Marian H. and John Niles, Frederick J. Ruopp, and Eva and Marc Stern.