LBO chief Andreas Mitisek announces he’s heading out in 2020

Long Beach Opera announced today that Andreas Mitisek (pictured), their longtime artistic director, will be stepping down from that post at the end of the coming season. The innovative director has built LBO into a bastion of contemporary opera, with many years of new productions and new works creating a norm of their own that … Read more

Exoneration explored with ‘Central Park Five’ at LBO

If you haven’t heard about Long Beach Opera‘s recently premiered opera, The Central Park Five, you may want to check the internet connection on the rock you’ve been hiding under. With a passel of press attached to the world premiere musical work, plus a separate series directed by Ava Du Vernay on Netflix, this extraordinary … Read more

Long Beach Opera announces 2018-19 season

Reich, Glass, a world premiere and a Bach adaptation combine to celebrate two anniversaries for Long Beach Opera.  The release expresses the same vitality we’ve come to expect from this adventurous company, as well as a particular sense of artistic urgency: Stories that need to be told Music that needs to be heard Details below, … Read more

Put your superstitions on hold

Long Beach Opera has announced that one production slated for this year will be put off until next season:  The Black Cat, inspired by the novella by Edgar Allen Poe and a musical penned by David Sylvian, was slated for January and was to include the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, but will be saved for a … Read more

Opera in full color

Undeniably one of the most colorful, groundbreaking and tragic figures in art history, Frida Kahlo has been the subject of numerous books, films, and now operas.  One of the latest stage endeavors about the iconic artist opens this weekend at Long Beach Opera, with five performances in two locations (Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American … Read more

Long Beach Opera announces 2017-18 season

[Email announcement]  Continuing its tradition of bringing audiences the unexpected, Long Beach Opera (LBO) announces its 2017/18 season productions with music from the 18th century to the 21st. Opening on October 15, 2017 will be Gian Carlo Menoti’s The Consul with Metropolitan Opera star Patricia Racette in her role debut as Magda Sorel. Black Cat … Read more

opera… Opera…. OPERA!

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights We’re surrounded, and it’s a beautiful thing. Make sure these are on your radar: LONG BEACH OPERA continues their run of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, in a new adaptation by CULTURE CLASH and LBO’s truly fearless leader, ANDREAS MITISEK. This is a company … Read more

Spellbound at Long Beach Opera’s ‘La voix humaine’

by Eleen Hsu-Wentlandt,  Lister reviewer Starting on April 8, Long Beach Opera (LBO) unabashedly took over the basement club of The Federal Bar in Long Beach for their production of Francis Poulenc’s 1958 opera, La voix humaine (The Human Voice).  French parlour music by Poulenc and Satie was presented in the first act, followed by an uninterrupted hour-long performance of … Read more

Tobin Stokes’ ‘Fallujah’: Hearts and minds in conflict at Long Beach Opera

by Natalie Mann, Lister reviewer Opera has a long and storied history of exposing society’s darkest secrets and turning the artistic forces of music to recount tales that many fear to whisper. The eye-opening opera Fallujah tells a brilliant story based on the life of US Marine Christian Ellis. The libretto and music blur the … Read more

New opera goes to the battlefield and back

Long Beach Opera has a world premiere coming up that touches a few nerves, and covers territory that is sorely unexamined.  Fallujah is a new opera by Tobin Stokes and Heather Raffo that looks at not only the horrors of war, but the struggles of living beyond it.  The first opera to address composed about the Iraq … Read more

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