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CANDIDE at the Long Beach Opera

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Jonas Schwartz -  Arts In LA

The concept framing Long Beach Opera’s Candide, of life as a first rehearsal, is apt. We’re given little stage direction and then blindly stumble through this world. So the title character—after discovering that life is tragic, cruel, and random—learns that the best one can do to survive is to find the simple joys in life. Read more…

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

True to its theme, there will never be “the best of all possible” Candides. Leonard Bernstein’s almost perfectly imperfect musical theater piece straddles the realms of Broadway and the opera, not unlike Porgy and Bess (if “The Gershwins’ (sic)” tarted version hasn’t scotched its operatic identity for the foreseeable future). A signal failure in its original 1956 run, Candide returned in 1973 as a smash hit under Harold Prince’s tutelage and remained popular ever since. Read more…

Now running through January 30

HYDROGEN- Long Beach Opera at CRAFTED Warehouse/Port of L.A.

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Photo by Keith Ian Polakoff

Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Allen Ginsberg may not have quite been Walt Whitman, but he was certainly the Walt Whitman of our lifetimes. To paraphrase Andrew Sarris on Orson Welles, while he could be a great bravura poet, he was an incomparable bravura personality. em>Read more…

Now running through June 7.

THERESE RAQUIN – Long Beach Opera, at the Warner Grand Theatre

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Myron Meisel – Stage Raw

Those who tend to be consistently disappointed in new musicals could profitably explore new opera as a more reliable alternative, where the creative energies appear to have been more vibrant so far in this latest century. Read more…

Now running through February 1.