Dog Days

David T. Little and Royce Vavrek:

Dog Days

West Coast Premiere

LA Opera launches an exciting initiative to present new operas at REDCAT with a deeply unsettling 2012 work that blends classical vocalism with dark heavy metal influences. In the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe, a family struggles to keep together. The teenage daughter clings to hope, unwilling to accept her dire situation, until a stranger shows up at the doorstep, a reminder of just how bad things have gotten.

Based on a powerful short story by Judy Budnitz, and hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “one of the most exciting new operas of recent years” Dog Days is a shocking reminder of contemporary opera's raw power. "It's only a matter of time before this riveting show is confirmed as a groundbreaking American classic." (New York Times)



Lisa by Lauren Worsham

Prince by John Kelly
Father by James Bobick
Mother by Marnie Breckenridge
Pat by Peter Tantsits
Elliot by Michael Marcotte
Captain by Cherry Duke
Instrumental Ensemble by Newspeak


Composed by David T. Little

Libretto by Royce Vavrek

Based on the short story Dog Days by Judy Budnitz
Directed by Robert Woodruff

Music Direction by Alan Pierson
Scenic and Video Design by Jim Findlay
Lighting Design by Christopher Kuhl

Costume Design and Scenic Consultation by Victoria “Vita” Tzykun
Sound Engineering by Garth MacAleavey
Video Engineering by Eamonn Farrell
Prince's Wig Design by Anne Ford-Coates


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LA Opera's presentation of Dog Days is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Produced by Peak Performances in association with Beth Morrison Projects. Dog Days was commissioned by Peak Performances at Montclair State (NJ).

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THU 6/11
8:00 pm
FRI 6/12
8:00 pm
SAT 6/13
8:00 pm
SUN 6/14
2:00 pm
MON 6/15
8:00 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff