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Disney Star to Appear as Lead Clara Johnson Opposite Opera’s Superstar Renée Fleming


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Musical theater star and film and TV actress Dove Cameron will make her LA Opera debut in “The Light in the Piazza,” 

She will play the lead role of Clara Johnson, a young woman with a long-hidden secret that threatens her hopes of finding true love during a summer vacation through Italy. Opera superstar Renée Fleming will portray her mother, Margaret Johnson. Ms. Cameron and Ms. Fleming will appear together for the first time in “The Light in the Piazza” this June at London’s Royal Festival Hall, produced by John Berry and Anthony Lilley for Scenario Two Ltd and directed by Daniel Evans. The production will then travel to Los Angeles, opening at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on October 12.

The synopsis for “The Light in the Piazza” is it takes place in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara—a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman—loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart.

“Cameron will play the lead role of Clara Johnson, a young woman with a long-hidden secret that threatens her hopes of finding true love during a summer vacation through Italy.” From the plot of The Light in the Piazza

As The Light in the Piazza unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well.

There is a book by Craig Lucas. The music and lyrics are by Adam Guettel. The enchanting Broadway musical won six Tony Awards in 2006, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations. 

Dove Cameron most recently starred as Cher in the Off-Broadway production of “Clueless: The Musical” and in Netflix’s “Dumplin’” with Jennifer Aniston. Next, she reprises her role as Mal in Disney’s live-action film “Descendants 3,” set for release this summer. The film follows the teenage children of classic Disney villains. Dove originated the role of Mal, Maleficent’s daughter, in 2015’s “Descendants.” The 2017 sequel “Descendants 2” drew the biggest cable numbers since the original and was the most-watched telecast among kid cable TV networks in total viewers (8.6 million).

Later this year, she lends her voice to Sony’s animated feature “Angry Birds 2,” set for release in September 9. Dove also currently voices Spider-Gwen in the animated film “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors,” which premiered simultaneously on Disney Channel and Disney XD. She returned as Spider-Gwen in “Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts.”

She is perhaps best known for playing the dual role as both title characters in Disney’s “Liv and Maddie” for four seasons, for which she took home a 2018 Daytime Emmy.

She has appeared in “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” on ABC, on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” as Amber von Tussle, and in the film “Barely Lethal.”

The Light in the Piazza runs from October 12 – 20, 2019, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Tickets are currently only available to LA Opera subscribers purchasing season tickets. Season tickets can be purchased at LAOpera.org or by phone at 213.972.3631. Single tickets will become available for sale to the general public June 20. 

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