2020 Season: Expect the Unexpected   

4 OPERAS - 2 NEW LOCATIONS - 1 US PREMIERE


World Premiere

KING ARTHUR - Henry Purcell

Jan 12, 18 & 19 • 2020
Beverly O'Neill Theater

In LBO's reimagination King Arthur returns as a superhero who fights a mysterious, supernatural force that is attacking Earth and threatening life as we know it. Will he be able to save humanity? A collaboration with MUSICA ANGELICA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA - LA's premiere Baroque orchestra - guarantees an authentic sound.


LA Premiere

THE LIGHTHOUSE - Peter Maxwell Davies

March 21, 22 & 29 • 2020
Aquarium of the Pacific

This haunting opera is an atmospheric combination of a detective mystery and a ghost story about the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers, mixing courtroom testimony and fantastical flashbacks. Opening performances of the Aquarium’s new cutting-edge, high-definition technology space with a breathtaking 32-foot-tall, 180-degree arc projection wall. 


U.S. Premiere

BILLY THE KID - Gavin Bryars

May 3, 8, 9 & 10 • 2020
Sunnyside Cementery

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, this visionary opera traces the legendary outlaw's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. 


LBO Reprise

FRIDA - Robert X. Rodríguez

June 20, 21, 27 & 28 • 2020
Museum of Latin American Art  

Back by popular demand. 
“I never paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” Famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo lived as she painted — with pain and passion in bold, vibrant colors. Frida sings as she lived — against the tide from the very first note.



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This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov
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