Founded in 1979, Long Beach Opera (originally Long Beach Grand Opera) is the oldest opera company in the Los Angeles/Orange County region of Southern California, USA. The company is known for its first performances of new and rare works. Its first executive director, from 1979, was Michael Milenski. In 2004, on Milenski's retirement, Austrian conductor Andreas Mitisek took over.
Significant productions have included Jonathan Dove's abridged version of Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, Powder Her Face by Thomas Ades, Richard Strauss' Elektra, and The Beaumarchais Trilogy.
Further information at www.longbeachopera.org
Ensemble. Unique Harmonies - Shostakovich's 'Moscow, Cherry Town', enjoyed by Maria Nockin
Ensemble. A Major Success - Ricky Ian Gordon's 'Orpheus & Euridice', experienced by Maria Nockin
Profile. Hearing the Ideas - Maria Nockin talks to American composer Ricky Ian Gordon