Long Beach Opera has long specialized in edgy, adventurous pieces that major houses tend to shy away from. On Wednesday, the small company announced that its new season will include productions of operas by Michael Nyman, Francis Poulenc, Bohuslav Martinu and more. It will also feature Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ainadamar,” which the company postponed in 2007 due to budget problems.
The 2012 season will comprise four individual productions, including a double bill. Performances will take place at venues around Long Beach and San Pedro.
Following a successful season which brought Long Beach Opera (LBO) increased ticket sales, a 20% growth in its subscriber base, and an unprecedented number of sold out performances, LBO announces its plans for 2012. The ambitious “Absurd-Bizarre- Surreal” season will include a double bill of one-acts and three full-length operas. Commenting on his selections, LBO’s Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek says, “I like to provide a diverse look into the world of rarely seen, little known masterworks. Each of the 2012 operas fits that category. Where most companies cozy up to composers of the 19th century, in the coming season, LBO will highlight composers of the 20th century (Francis Poulenc, Bohuslav Martinu, Astor Piazzolla) and the 21st (Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Nyman).
By: Brian Scott Lipton
Long Beach Opera has announced its selections for its 2012 season.
The company will present Astor Piazzolla and Horacia Ferrer’s Maria De Buenos Aires at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro at 2pm on Sunday, January 29 and 8pm on Saturday, February 4.
Up next will be a double bill of Francois Poulenc’s The Breasts of Tiresias and Bohuslav Martini, Georges Ribemont, and Dessaignes Bohuslav’s The Tears of a Knife, to be presented at the Center Theatre in Long Beach at 2pm on Sunday, March 11 and 8pm on Saturday, March 17.
Osvaldo Golijov and David Henry Hwang’s Ainadamar will be presented at the Press-Telegram Building in Long Beach at 8pm on Saturdays May 19 and 26, and Michael Nyman and Christopher Rawlence’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, based on the book by Dr. Oliver Sacks, will be presented at the Expo Building in Long Beach at 8pm on Saturday, June 16 and 2pm on Sunday, June 24.
For tickets and information, call 562-432-5934 or visit www.longbeachopera.org.