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Season 2018/19: #Justice
insightful and inspiring

What is justice? What is just? What just is? Experiences in search of justice; insightful and inspiring. The Black Cat looks at the absolute force of law without mercy as something which cannot be escaped. Philip Glass' In The Penal Colony is a Kafkaesque metaphor about the twilight of a barbaric world order and the dawn of a humane judicial system. A dramatic case of legal injustice from the 1980's inspired our world premiere of The Central Park Five by Anthony Davis.

Stories that must to be told! 
Music that needs to be heard!

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The Black Cat

J.S. Bach / David Sylvian
Jan 19 & 20, 2019

In Edgar Allan Poe's story a nameless person proclaims that he is sane, despite the wild narrative he is about to convey. No rationality can explain the phantasms he finds himself haunted by over the course of many months, involving arson, a black cat, and the death of his wife.

This multi-media story production is told through a musical mashup of English songwriter David Sylvian's songs and arias from J.S. Bach's cantatas — a collaboration with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and conductor Martin Haselboeck.

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Our 20+20 Campaign


We’re celebrating! This season marks Artistic & General Director Andreas Mistisek’s 20th Anniversary with LBO, and LBO’s 40th Anniversary season. In celebration of these historic events, LBO has launched the 20+20 campaign in support of the company’s future growth. Over the past 10 years, LBO’s annual budget has increased by over one million dollars. This growth has allowed LBO to introduce new audiences both young and old to opera while maintaining a strong artistic profile. The 20+20 campaign will allow LBO to sustain and grow while continuing to innovate and diversify for the next 40 years and beyond.


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