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LB Opera announces its upcoming ‘absurd, bizarre, surreal’ season

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Following a successful season that brought Long Beach Opera (LBO) increased ticket sales, a 20-percent growth in its subscriber base, and an unprecedented number of sold-out performances, the company has announced its plans for 2012. The ambitious “Absurd-Bizarre-Surreal” season will include a double bill of one-acts and three full-length operas.
“I like to provide a diverse look into the world of rarely seen, little-known masterworks,” said LBO Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek. “Each of the 2012 operas fits that category. Where most companies cozy up to composers of the 19th century, in the coming season, LBO will highlight composers of the 20th Century— Francis Poulenc, Bohuslav Martinu and Astor Piazzolla— and the 21st— Osvaldo Golijov and Michael Nyman.”

January/ February 2012
Maria de Buenos Aires (1968)
Composer Astor Piazzolla’s and libretto Horacio Ferrer’s haunting “tango operita” returns to Long Beach in a new production.

March 2012
A double bill featuring The Breasts of Tiresias (1947) and The Tears of a Knife (1928)
Based on the 1917 play by Guillaume Apollinaire, composer Francis Poulenc’s and libretto Francis Poulenc’s surreal, comic gender-bender The Breasts of Tiresias begins this celebration of imagination.
Composer Bohuslav Martinu’s and libretto Georges Ribermont-Dessaignes Bohuslav’s The Tears of a Knife madcap, dada romp that embraces the illogical.

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LB Opera announces its upcoming ‘absurd, bizarre, surreal’ season