Anthony Roth Costanzo to Host Long Beach Opera’s 2020 Songbook

By David Salazar

Long Beach Opera has announced the “2020 Songbook,” which will premiere on Nov. 15 and features 20 commissioned world premieres.

The showcase, which will be hosted by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, will include music by composers selected and mentored by Anthony Davis, Annie Gosfield, David Lang, George Lewis, and Du Yun. These composers include Anahita Abbasi, Leila Adu, Benjamin Beckman, Jessie Cox, George Gianopouplos, Phillip Goulub, Clifton Joey Guidry III, Carla Kihistedt, Sonja Mutic, Marcus Norris, Shahab Paranj, Hunter Prueger, Tomeka Reid, Aida Shirazi, Bahar Royaee, Niolufar Shiri, Olivia Shortt, Theresa Wong, Katherine Young, and Bethany Younge.

Per a press release, the 2.5-hour concert will include music that focuses on such topics as the silence brought on by the pandemic, what breathing means to the sick, missing indigenous women and girls, and a 2020 BYU decision to rescind a decree allowing same-sex relationships, among others.

All proceeds will go toward the company’s 2021 “Season of Solidarity.”