James Conlon
Photo: Robert Millard

LA Opera’s General Director Placido Domingo announced yesterday that James Conlon, 66, has renewed his contract as the company’s Music Director through the 2020/21 season. Currently celebrating his tenth anniversary with the company, Mr. Conlon has conducted 314 performances to date for LA Opera. When he returns on January 28 to conduct Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, he will have conducted 50 different operas at LA Opera.

“It is impossible to overstate what a profound impact James Conlon has made during his ten years in Los Angeles,” said Mr. Domingo. “The astounding energy and infectious enthusiasm that he brings to his work has made him a beloved figure for our audiences. Thanks to his prodigious musical talents, our magnificent orchestra sounds better and better every season. I myself have taken great pride in the numerous musical partnerships that James and I have shared—most recently in Verdi’s Macbeth earlier this season—and I look forward to many more such collaborations. I am thrilled that James will continue to shape the company’s artistic legacy for many years to come, for he has truly become an essential member of the LA Opera family.”

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