Long Beach Opera to World Premiere ‘ISOLA’

By Francisco Salazar

Long Beach Opera is set to present the world premiere of “ISOLA,” a prismatic meditation on time, mental health, and isolation by composer Alyssa Weinberg with a text by poet J. Mae Barizo.

The production, which will be performed on Feb 3, 10, and 11, 2024, will be designed as both an opera and an art installation: a visual and sonic intimate live experience that puts the central character’s voice, psyche, and subconscious within inches of the audience.

The opera will be directed by George R. Miller and will showcase music director Lucy Tucker Yates, choreographer and dancer Julia Eichten, lighting designer Jasmine Lesane, and costume designer Julio Cesar Delgado. “ISOLA” will star singer Ariadne Greif in her Long Beach Opera vocal debut, and features production design by Prairie T. Trivuth.

The work will be performed and installed in the main gallery at Compound, a multi-disciplinary visual art space in Long Beach.