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Mary Motorhead / TRADE Mary Motorhead / TRADE

Composed by Emma O'Halloran, libretto by Mark O'Halloran

April 2730, 2023


A powerful double bill by Irish composer Emma O'Halloran.

LA Opera's multi-season collaboration with the groundbreaking Beth Morrison Projects continues with a double bill of extraordinary West Coast premieres by Irish composer Emma O'Halloran.

In the compelling monodrama Mary Motorhead, a convicted murderer invites us to hear her secret history—the disappointments and betrayals that shaped her life—in the hope that it may shine some light upon the darkness of her actions. Mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O’Connell stars as the woman pushed to the edge by circumstance, now finding the road back to herself. 

TRADE  is the story of a rent boy and his closeted client in working-class Dublin, both trapped within their own lives. Meeting secretly in a cheap hotel, they wrestle with their own inner demons and their need for each other. Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch (star of LA Opera's Wonderful Town and anatomy theater) portrays a family man whose world is crumbling apart, with international recording artist Kyle Bielfield as a young hustler determined to take charge of his future. 

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Naomi Louisa O'Connell
The Older Man
Marc Kudisch
The Younger Man
Kyle Bielfield

Creative Team

Emma O'Halloran
Mark O'Halloran
Elaine Kelly
Creative Producer
Beth Morrison Projects
Tom Creed
Jim Findlay
Montana Levi Blanco
Christopher Kuhl
Sound Engineering
Garth MacAleavey

Performances take place at REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

West Coast premiere

Co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Irish National Opera, Trinity Wall Street, and Nancy & Barry Sanders.

Produced by Beth Morrison Projects and Irish National Opera, in association with Trinity Church Wall Street.

Off Grand productions are supported by a consortium of generous donors to LA Opera’s Contemporary Opera Initiative, chaired by Barry and Nancy Sanders. 

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2022/23 Season