Long Beach Opera Unveils 2023 Season

By David Salazar

Long Beach Opera has announced its 2023 season.

The season will open with “The Romance of the Rose” by Kate Soper. The world premiere, which will take place at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro will be directed by James Darrah.

Performance Dates: Feb. 18 – 25, 2023

Next up is “The Horse,” which will feature Chris Emile and music and sound design by Cody Perkins. The work will be developed with Los Angeles Nomadic Division and is set to take place at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach. Alexis Vaughn will provide vocals for the performance.

Performance Dates: March 4 – 12, 2023

That will be followed up by a baroque banquet based on Händel’s “Alessandro.” Entitled “The Feast,” this production will star Jakub Jósef Orlinski and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Performance Dates: May 20 & 21, 2023

Closing out the season will be “The Recital.”  The showcase will feature a new staging of Schubert’s “Die Schöne Müllerin.” It will be presented in tandem with the world premiere of a new film by James Darrah entitled “The Recital. The showcase, which features music by Christopher Rountree, will star Measha Brueggergosman.

Performance Dates: June 24 & 25, 2023

“2023 marks the start of establishing Long Beach Opera as a new creative home in Southern California where both established and emerging artists can come together to create, experiment, and push the form forward. It’s about recommitting to opera’s role as a bold merger of all of the arts and empowering the season’s artists to explore what ‘opera’ can mean to them and their work,” Darrah, the company’s Artistic Director, said in an official press release. “Each project is led collaboratively, curated, and created by teams of culture makers who defy singular definition but all grapple with questions of how continually evolving and intersecting artistic mediums shape and redefine their individual practices, expand the operatic form, and impact the world at large.”