Patricia Racette & Stewart Copeland’s ‘The Invention of Morel’ Headline Long Beach Opera’s 2017-18 Season

By David Salazar

The Long Beach Opera, the sister Company of the Chicago Opera Theater, has also released its season, coinciding with the 2017-18 unveiling of COT.

The theme for the California-based company will open the season with Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Consul,” which will also open at COT. In the case of both companies, superstar Soprano Patricia Racette will headline the cast. Performances start on Oct. 15, with follow-ups on the 21st and 22nd.

On Jan. 13, 2018, the company will perform “Black Cat,” an opera with music from David Sylvian, Ernst Krenek, Martin Haselböck, Ulo Krigul and J.S. Bach. The opera premiered in Luxembourg in 2012. There will be three total performances of the work.

Stewart Copeland and Jonathan Moore’s “The Invention of Morel,” which premiered just a few months ago in Chicago, will get its West Coast premiere with three performances in March 2018.

That will be followed up by Frank Martin’s “The Love Potion,” an adaptation of the Tristan and Isolde myth. The opera premiered in 1942 in Zürich. That production will be showcased for two performances in May and closes out the season. The performances will be the regional premiere of the opera.