Citing budget problems, Long Beach Opera has postponed its production of Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar," originally scheduled for June 2 and 3 in the Center Theater at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. In its place, it will reprise company General Director Andreas Mitisek's 2005 production of Schubert's "Winterreise" (Winter Journey) combined with excerpts from Goethe's 1774 novella, "The Sorrows of Young Werther."
"Long Beach Opera is always struggling," Mitisek said Friday from Seattle, where he was conducting "Don Giovanni" for Seattle Opera. "We have this Bohemian lifestyle reputation where almost everyone expects from us that we do everything with nothing. I did not want to go ahead with this event and start cutting down on things and compromise artistically."