Long Beach Opera Announces 2018-2019 Season
Long Beach Opera celebrates two milestones in the 2018-2019 season - its fortieth anniversary and the 20th anniversary of Andreas Mitisek leading the company as artistic director.Subscriptions to Long Beach Opera's 2019 season range from $73.50 to $450 are available at longbeachopera.org and at 562.470.SING (7464) x101. Individual tickets go on sale on August 1, 2018. LBO opens the season with Steve Reich's Three Tales at the Ernest Borgnine Theater, Scottish Rite Event Center in Long Beach on November 3 and 4, 2018. The first night of the production will also be the centerpiece of the annual LBO Gala. The United States premiere of The Black Cat follows, on January 19 and 20, 2019 at the Beverly O'Neill Theatre in Long Beach, performed with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. The Black Cat is a musical concept by Martin Haselböck, with music by David Sylvian and Johann Sebastian Bach, with additional music by Ernst Krenek, Martin Haselböck and Ülo Krigul. In the Penal Colony, composed by Philip Glass, with libretto by Rudy Wurlitzer is performed in the intimate Studio Theatre at California State University Long Beach campus for six performances, April 26-27-28 and May 2-3-4, 2019. The season closes with Anthony Davis' The Central Park Five on June 15, 22 and 23, 2019 at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. A festive The Best of 20, celebrating Andreas Mitisek's milestone anniversary, is held on June 2 at the Beverly O'Neill. Andreas MItisek said, "As we were planning this very special season, we began to see that the operas we were gravitating towards had a common theme of justice. I heard Martin Luther King's words Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Thoughts of What is justice? What is just? spoke to us from these operas, which are all insightful and inspiring." "The Black Cat is an absolute force without mercy. Justice cannot be escaped. Philip Glass's In The Penal Colony is a Kafkaesque metaphor about a barbaric world order and the dawn of a humane judicial system. The Central Park Five is a dramatic example of wrongful conviction in one of the most highly publicized cases of the 1980's. And in Three Tales by Steve Reich there is a larger picture of three technological advances of the 20th century and their impact on society."
The Best of 20 Sung in English
Presenting: Andreas Mitisek
Venue: Beverly O'Neill Theater, Long Beach
Performance Date: 6/2/18, 3:30 and 8:00 pm
Three Tales Sung in English
Composer: Steve Reich
Visuals by Beryl Korot
Venue: Ernest Borgnine Theater, Scottish Rite Event Center, Long Beach
Performance Dates: 11/3/18 and 11/4/18
Stage Director: Andreas Mitisek
United States Premiere | The Black Cat Sung in English
Musical Concept: Martin Haselböck
Composers: David Sylvian and Johann Sebastian Bach
with additional recording of music by Ernst Krenek, Martin Haselböck and Ülo Krigul.
Venue: The Beverly O'Neill Theater, Long Beach
Performance Dates: 1/19/19, 1/20/19
Stage Director: Frank Hoffmann
Video Design: Virgil Widrich A nameless man sits on death row, awaiting his execution. Edgar Allan Poe's novella delivers a dark journey into the abyss of a desperate man's soul. It is accompanied by a musical remix of English songwriter David Sylvian's work and arias from J.S. Bach cantatas. - with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. Luxemburg-based theater and film director Frank Hoffmann, Austrian conductor Martin Haselböck, and Academy Award-nominated Austrian film and multi-media artist Virgil Widrich have created a multi-disciplinary production for music, dance and film. Using the unsettling music of contemporary English songwriter David Sylvian and cantatas by J.S. Bach, performed onstage by tenor and baroque ensemble, Virgil Widrich creates a dramatic space that underpins Poe's story of one man's frightening fall into perdition. "Brilliant! ... the audience is spellbound until the last moment. The combination of dance, drama, multimedia effects and contrasting musical genres achieves more than the sum of its parts." Tageblatt "A magical concoction of music, dance and theatre." Luxemburger Wort "There is absolutely no risk of the American author turning over in his grave. The adaptation of his short story The Black Cat is a wonderful homage to the master of the Fantastic." Le Jeudi
In The Penal Colony Sung in English
Composer: Philip Glass
Librettist: Rudy Wurlitzer
Venue: The Studio Theater, CSULB Long Beach
Performance Dates: 4/25/19, 4/26/19, 4/27/19, 4/28/19, 5/2/19, 5/3/19, 5/4/19, 5/5/19
Stage Director: Jeff Janisheski An explorer visits an island where blind conformity has no rational connection between crime and punishment. Kafka's ingenious metaphor about man's inhumanity to man is heightened by Glass' hypnotic score. Witness the internal conflict of the innocent bystander; to act or to do nothing.
Kafka's harrowing story "In the Penal Colony" ("In der Strafkolonie") was adapted as a play by Steven Berkoff in 1969 and was chosen by Philip Glass to form the basis for this opera. He and his long-time collaborator and former wife JoAnne Akalaitis worked on the idea on and off for three years before receiving a commission from ACT Theatre in Seattle. Akalaitis worked closely with librettist Rudy Wurlitzer, adapting the story for the musical stage and directing the premiere production.
World Premiere |The Central Park Five Sung in English