Long Beach Opera to Showcase Online Community Conversations This June

By David Salazar

Long Beach Opera has announced that it will be presenting three community conversations via Facebook Live this June.

The series was inspired by the 2019 premiere of “The Central Park Five.”

“While we are all struggling with the new normal of remaining socially distant, the virtual nature of this new set of conversations will allow artists and activists from all across the United States to come together for these important discussions and inspiring performances,” Jennifer Rivera, C.E.O. of Long Beach Opera, said in a press release. “Although we are apart, we must keep finding ways to come together through art, and one of LBO’s most successful engagement events returns next month to do just that.”

First up will be “Equity and Diversity in th Arts” with a panel comprised of Dr. Naomi André, Dr. Derrell Acon, Julia Bullock, Ailyn Pérez, Andrew Stenson, Christian Reif, Soloman Howard, Kenneth Overton, Karen Slack, Brandon Alexander Bell, and John Holiday.

Date: Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 4 p.m. PT

The second community conversation will be “To IG or Not to IG: Opera in the Age of social media.” This panel will include Aaron Crouch, Dr. Derrell Acon, Zach Finkelstein, Catalina Cuervo, Simon Barrad, and Kseniia Polstiankina.

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. PT

Finally, the series concludes with “Till the Fat Lady Sings: Opera and Body Image.” Panelists will include Tracy Cox, Dr. Derrell Acon, Kyle Albertson, Frederick Ballentine, and Joanna Ceja.

Date: Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 4 p.m. PT