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Long Beach Opera season detailed

November 20, 2003|Chris Pasles | Times Staff Writer

Andreas Mitisek has announced his first season as general director of the enterprising Long Beach Opera. There will be two operas -- "Maria de Buenos Aires," with music by Astor Piazzolla and libretto by Horatio Ferrer, and Richard Strauss' "The Silent Woman" -- plus a "Salute from Vienna" concert by the Wiener Salonorchester.

"Maria de Buenos Aires," a chamber opera that debuted in the Argentine capital in 1968, will be performed June 12 and 19. It is Piazzolla's only operita and is set to a libretto that creates "the city of tango in the person of Maria," according to Mitisek, who will conduct. Briton John Lloyd Davies, making his U.S. debut, will be the stage director.

Strauss' "Silent Woman," adapted freely by Stefan Zweig from Ben Jonson's 17th century comedy "Epicoene," will be performed June 13 and 19 (sung in English with English supertitles). Mitisek will conduct. It will be staged by Isabel Milenski.

Mitisek also will conduct the Wiener Salonorchester on June 12 and 13. All performances will take place in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Subscription tickets, on sale Dec. 1, range from $135 to $270. Single tickets, $55 to $110 for the operas, $40 to $80 for the concert, will go on sale April 1.

The season also will include three smaller-scaled programs at different art museums, sold as a separate series: an evening of Strauss songs (May 18), music by John Cage for prepared piano (June 5) and an evening of tango-related poetry, music and dance (June 6). Tickets for all three are $30 for nonsubscribers, $15 for subscribers.

Information: (562) 439-2580 or www.longbeachopera.org.

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