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Seeking eternal love at Long Beach Opera

Seeking eternal love at Long Beach Opera

“The Invention of Morel” at Long Beach Opera (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski Basing their new opera on the 1940 novella by Adolfo Bioy Casares, Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore’s “The Invention of Morel” opened last Saturday in Long Beach and concludes this weekend. It’s a co-commission by Chicago Opera Theater, where it premiered last […]

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Opera star Patricia Racette sings locally

Opera star Patricia Racette sings locally

La Scala to Lawndale Acclaimed soprano Patricia Racette and Long Beach Opera make their South Bay debut by Bondo Wyszpolski She’s sung with many of the world’s leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House, La Scala, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and so to have […]

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Friday Kahlo: Sensuality and Sorrow

Friday Kahlo: Sensuality and Sorrow

Long Beach Opera presents “Frida” – a review by Bondo Wyszpolski We may think that artists, highly regarded in the present, have always been recognized as a breed apart and above, but fame is fickle even when the talent seems obvious. In the years after her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo lingered in the immense […]

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Long Beach Opera’s thoughtful “As One”

Long Beach Opera’s thoughtful “As One”

“As One” – an opera about a transgender journey (a review) by Bondo Wyszpolski I’m guessing it would be quite easy for most people to say “No, thanks” to an opera about one character’s transgender journey and experiences, even knowing it was being staged by the indomitable Long Beach Opera, one of the few companies […]

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Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” – Fun at Puck’s Club FQ with Long Beach Opera

Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” – Fun at Puck’s Club FQ with Long Beach Opera

“The Fairy Queen” Goes To Vegas a 17th Century masterpiece, reworked by Culture Clash and Long Beach Opera by Bondo Wyszpolski Find any book on the history of opera, and Henry Purcell shows up in the first chapter. But the English composer (1658-95) was somewhat of a lone voice in a country where opera didn’t […]

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Long Beach Opera: Nocturnal Desperation

“La Voix Humaine,” a review by Bondo Wyszpolski In recent years, Long Beach Opera has set some of its out-of-the-usual repertoire productions in out-of-the-usual venues. We’ve seen performances in swimming pools, parking garages, warehouses, and, just last month, the National Guard Armory. Now, if you hurry, you can enjoy Francis Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” in […]

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“Fallujah” : Long Beach Opera goes to war

“Fallujah” (the opera, reviewed) by Bondo Wyszpolski Stepping into the Army National Guard for an opera is not quite the same as entering the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion or Disney Hall, but Long Beach Opera likes to keep us on our toes (and off-balance at the same time), which thus makes this an almost ideal venue […]