Tickets: $105, $85, $65
The Ford Theatres, in association with LA Opera, present the West Coast premiere of The Hubble Cantata, an unprecedented live experience that pushes the boundaries of art and science as it takes audiences on a journey of wonder and exploration. Framed by the birth, life and death of a star – and connected to a narrative of a couple experiencing loss – this hour-long, space-inspired cantata features music by composer Paola Prestini, libretto by Royce Vavrek and a cutting-edge virtual reality film, Fistful of Stars, by Eliza McNitt. Through his narration, New York Times best-selling author and eminent astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio explains the larger celestial implications at stake, placing the characters’ story within the grand scheme of the cosmos. Brought to life by internationally renowned opera stars Nathan Gunn and Jessica Rivera and music directed by Julian Wachner, an instrumental ensemble of members of the LA Opera Orchestra, and members of the LA Opera Chorus, The Hubble Cantata seeks parallels between human life on Earth and the stars in the heavens.
In a final gesture, the performance incorporates virtual reality cardboard headsets that simulate an immersive voyage through the Universe, expertly created by The Endless Collective, a leading VR FX firm, with a 360-degree soundscape developed by Arup, the global leaders in acoustics and sound design. This mesmerizing live experience, co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust in association with Arup, reflects Livio’s poignant themes and the powerful realization that humans discovered, explored and continue to expand the understanding of the Universe, and man’s place in it.
The Hubble Cantata received its World Premiere at the 2016 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival.
Part of the IGNITE @ the FORD! series, made possible through the generous support of LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. Proceeds benefit the Ford Theatre Foundation.