At the finish of an acclaimed 2010 season which saw increased audience attendance, a 35-percent jump in its subscriber base, and a year of financial stability, Long Beach Opera (LBO) announces its plans for 2011.
Commenting on the selections, Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek said, “Our 2011 operas have never been performed here and reflect our desire to attract people who are looking for the unusual. Opera doesn’t have to fit the stereotype. At LBO, we want to make each performance an adventure.”
In keeping with its 31-year history of presenting rarely seen operas, LBO will stage four West Coast and Southern California premieres at venues in Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Irvine.
• The Southern California premiere of Medea by Luigi Cherubini
January 29, 2011 and Feb 5, 2011 at the Expo Building in Long Beach
• The West Coast premiere of Akhnaten by Philip Glass
March 19, 2011 and March 27, 2011 at The Terrace Theater in Long Beach
• The Southern California premiere of Cherry Town by Dmitri Shostakovich
May 15, 2011 at the Center Theater in Long Beach
May 18, 2011 at Irvine Barclay Theater in Irvine
May 22, 2011 at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica
• The Southern California premiere of The Difficulty of Crossing a Field by David Lang
June 15, 2011 and June 18, 2011 at a location to be announced at a later date