Small cast, big performances and beautiful pictures make LBO’s ‘Frida’ a can’t-miss treat

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach was the venue for Long Beach Opera‘s latest production of Robert Xavier Rodriguez‘s opera Frida, based on the life of painter Frida Kahlo. Before the performance, the audience had the chance to view exhibits at the museum, and then went outside to the sculpture garden for … 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

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

LBO’s ‘Candide’ ensemble revels in utopian farce

Long Beach Opera strives to make their seasons accessible and engaging, and the recent production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is a shining example of that commitment. Staged in the cozy Center Theater in Long Beach, the show brought out the best of Bernstein’s music and comedic farce. Updating productions can be a tricky proposal. Many shows … Read more

Long Beach Opera opens 2016 season with Bernstein’s ‘Candide’

[Press release] “Glitter and Be Gay” CANDIDE A Journey through “The Best of All Possible Worlds” Long Beach, CA, December 18, 2015―On January 23 and 30, 2016, Long Beach Opera (LBO) presents composer Leonard Bernstein’s satiric romp Candide at the Center Theater in Long Beach, CA. The eclectic score mixes everything from Viennese waltzes to … Read more

Long Beach Opera takes us back with psychedelic ‘Jukebox’

Going back in time can be a real trip. The retrospective offered by Long Beach Opera in Hydrogen Jukebox promised to be not just a “level 1 or 2 trip…you can get that at any legal dispensary,” but “level 4 or 5 psychedelics, where the world is curved and warped, objects talk to you, time … Read more

Concerts get personal this week

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Embracing the smaller scale This week is heavy on Saturday performances (so put your clones to work), but also full of smaller, intimate concerts in many manifestations: Appearing with SOUTHWEST CHAMBER MUSIC this weekend are tenor JON LEE KEENAN (fresh from a … Read more

An epic tale comes to life at LBO

Many can relate their best summer experiences to happy times outside under the stars, telling tall tales with friends. So it’s fitting that Long Beach Opera brings us the glorious Tibetan tale of King Gesar this month on September 7, 13 and 14. This story, similar to the Western stories of Homer’s Illiad and Odyssey, … Read more

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