Thoughts on disruption

It’s been a very big week for SoCal arts, with both happy and sad news aplenty. But we’re used to some shaking, right? The Colburn School announced a mammoth $350 million expansion with the help of some architect named Frank Gehry (oh yeah, he’s that guy who likes silver buildings…). Long Beach Opera canceled their … Read more

Long Beach Opera cancels ‘Stimmung’ amid organizational strife

Long Beach Opera has canceled all performances of the upcoming ‘STIMMUNG’, amid controversy and staff resignations. We share their official statement and wish everyone involved the best.

Taking Stockhausen to the stage: Long Beach Opera

Long Beach Opera launches new production of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Stimmung’, a revered but controversial a cappella choral work from 1968. The show runs March 19-27, 2022 in Long Beach.

James Darrah finds a new home at Long Beach Opera

News from LBO… with a new artistic chief who brings with him a reputation for innovative production and stellar multidisciplinary mashups. Sounds like a great fit to us — this should be fun! See the press release below: Long Beach Opera appoints JAMES DARRAH Artistic Director and Chief Creative Officer Darrah makes his Long Beach … Read more

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

Jennifer Rivera takes the helm at LBO

When mezzos take over, good things happen.  (Yes, your editor is biased. Deal with it.) Actually, we’re more biased because of the truly fantastic work Jennifer Rivera has done with her blogging over the years, first with “Trying to Remain Operational”, and then with her writing for HuffPost. See links in the press release below to check … Read more

Jasmine week

Southern California Vocal Events from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter from the South Bay “Three Wishes” — LAURI D GOLDENHERSH’s Weekly Highlights   Every year, the week before Memorial Day is like what I used to call “Jasmine Day”: there are bushes around, and they’re nice. But then there’s the day, every year (coming … 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

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