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  • Full of sound and fury: Bloch’s ‘Macbeth’ opera gets a rare airing

    By Rick Schultz

    May 29, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Ernest Bloch, the renowned 20th century Swiss-born American composer, wrote just one opera, “Macbeth,” and it has rarely been produced in the United States since its 1910 Paris premiere. Now, the Long Beach Opera is presenting the opera’s first U.S. staging since John Houseman’s...

  • Philip Glass’ ‘Akhnaten’ at Long Beach Opera

    By Rick Schultz

    March 22, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    Who was Akhnaten? For composer Philip Glass, this mysterious Egyptian pharaoh, said to be Queen Nefertiti’s husband and the father of King Tutankhamen, was a rebel-hero. In the 14th century B.C.E., Akhnaten defied tradition by attempting to forge a monotheistic religion, and even...

  • The Best of (Jewish) Los Angeles 2008

    July 3, 2008 | 11:31 am

    We like to think of our Annual Guide to the Best of (Jewish) Los Angeles as kvetch-proof. Our writers and editors provide personal favorites that are so idiosyncratic and eclectic that it's hard to argue. ("No, that's not the best place to buy a $50 set of used Talmud, this is!")...
  • Mitisek and Co. expand boundaries of opera with puppets, poetry and ‘Frankenstein!!’

    By Rick Schultz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Critics have called the Long Beach Opera (LBO) "daring," "unconventional" and "innovative." While all those are accurate, another word that perhaps better describes the company is "playful."

    Still, one wonders how the seasoned, classically trained LBO musicians reacted when their...

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  • Stark locations make perfect sets for ‘Anne Frank’ opera production

    By David Mermelstein

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Few subjects resonate like the story of Anne Frank and her diary. The tale is familiar to many, yet even those who know little about the young writer's life equate her name with courage in the face of grim reality. Beyond the much-translated diary, published in various incarnations...