Hidden Gem: Jazz “opera” re-envisioned

LBO’s ‘Queenie Pie’ celebrates the Duke, hot jazz and hair care entrepreneurism Duke Ellington was a monumental force in 20th century American music, and his footprint has only gotten bigger since his death.  Although best known for a handful of his more than 3000 songs, Ellington’s interests were broad and his understanding of how to … Read more

Scottish with a little Z

Zombies are everywhere.  Brad Pitt, Jane Austen novels, Homeland Security… and now Long Beach Opera.  I’ve never quite connected with the zombie obsession, but LBO’s Macbeth is the Goldilocks of z-ification:  their production of Ernest Bloch‘s 1909 opera is just right. The hallowed Shakespeare play is nothing if not bloody, so it took only a moment to take … Read more

Review: ‘Fall of the House of Usher’ at Long Beach Opera

Although his popularity has never truly waned, we seem to be in another resurgence of interest in the works of Edgar Allan Poe:  there’s the John Cusack film, The Raven, last year; the popularity of the Poe action figure (complete with Raven) in hipster stores several years ago; and the newly launched Kevin Bacon vehicle … Read more

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