LBO Cinematic Universe

Enjoy opera anywhere. Long Beach Opera is creating entirely new experiences for virtual audiences. This cinematic trailer captures the beginnings of the incredible creative work happening at the intersection of opera and cinema. Details about the LBO Cinematic Universe and how to access these productions can be found below.


Premiering in 2022


Entry was developed in collaboration with indigenous artists based in Ogaa Po Ogeh — the occupied Tewa territory known as Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film examines the nature of isolation, activation, transformation, and reintegration. Driven by a frenzied score, and stunning choreography, Entry follows one woman’s journey as she revisits key moments of the last year — in order to find her voice. Explore isolation in an ever expansive and changing world. The premiere of this work is set for 2022 as part of the upcoming season.

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desert in

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desert in

Lost souls are found, love is rekindled, and secrets are exposed at a mysterious motor lodge in the American West. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, playwright christopher oscar peña, and director James Darrah, desert in is a groundbreaking new eight-part miniseries that reveals a supernatural story of love, loss, and the price of memories. Featuring the talents of eight extraordinary, award-winning composers and interlocking stories from rising and veteran screenwriters, desert in is helmed by a team of directors led by LBO Artistic Director James Darrah. Streaming on

"Opera may never be the same." —Opera News

"Each episode has an individual voice, but the totality, musical and otherwise, supports the drama [...] It's magically, uneasily compelling" —Opera Magazine

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amor y alma

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amor y alma

During Black History Month, LBO filmed the short visual album amor y alma under the creative direction of LBO Associate Artistic Director, Derrell Acon, and in partnership with the Museum of Latin American Art. The video of this creative digital work, a celebration of Black and Latinx female beauty and empowerment, was released in honor of Juneteenth. It features the music of Black and Spanish composers, performed by an incredible cast of emerging artists.

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Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.
Long Beach Opera events are supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission