Giustino

About

Music by George Frideric Handel

With LBO's artistic visionary, James Darrah, at the helm of this production, Giustino will be re-envisioned with a dynamic cast and creative team that will launch this Baroque gem into the future of opera.

About the Opera 

Directed by LBO’s Artistic Director and visionary James Darrah, George Frideric Handel’s glorious music and surprisingly relevant drama re-emerges as a site-specific, cinematically driven, wildly raucous contemporary party. A story of ill-fated romance, long lost familial relationships and conquerors and their captors, LBO’s GIUSTINO will elevate the ambiguities of gender already present in baroque opera and examine how stereotypes can be shattered even in the most traditional stories. Darrah’s breakthrough stylistic hybrid of cinema-theater recontextualizes the salon-like qualities of Handel’s 18th century work to a transitory, temporal space, further challenging the current norms of 21st century classical music consumption.

The libretto and score will be taken apart and reassembled by Darrah, conductor Christopher Rountree, and exciting young composer Shelley Washington, and will be performed with both authentic baroque specialists as well as contemporary musical and dramatic updates. The action of the scenes will move amongst the audience and to different parts of the location, and will be live-filmed to create a movie within an opera playing at all times. And just as spectators did during the time of Handel, the audience will be encouraged to truly revel in the decadence and transcendence of Handel’s glorious music without the trappings of traditional, staid classical music performances.

Orchestra: Musica Angelica

Ticketing note: This performance is general admission by seating section. If you require ADA accessible seating, please contact the box office by emailing [email protected] or by calling (562) 470-7464.

About The Composer

George Frideric Handel

George Frideric Handel, German (until 1715) Georg Friedrich Händel, Händel also spelled Haendel, (born February 23, 1685, Halle, Brandenburg [Germany]—died April 14, 1759, London, England), German-born English composer of the late Baroque era, noted particularly for his operas, oratorios, and instrumental compositions. He wrote the most famous of all oratorios, Messiah (1741), and is also known for such occasional pieces as Water Music (1717) and Music for the Royal Fireworks (1749).

[Bio courtesy Britannica]

Shelley Washington

With an eclectic palette that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other contemporary musical spaces, Washington (b. 1991) seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music has been described as "slightly wild, slightly mysterious” while having the ability to "powerfully [tell] stories" (Peter Alexander).

Shelley is a 2018 recipient of the Jerome Fund for New Music Award and will write a new work for the trio Bearthoven for their upcoming season. In the early fall of 2017, she embarked on her first tour with the Schiele String Quartet to Savannah, Georgia, where her string quartets MIDDLEGROUND and SAY were performed throughout the city. She was also able to work with the students of the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program on her string quartet, MIDDLEGROUND, in 2017. Her relentless baritone saxophone duo, BIG Talk, recorded by herself and saxophonist Dr. José Cabán, was recently released by Brooklyn-based label, People | Places | Records. This was her first widely distributed work available on multiple streaming platforms. Her piece, The Farthest, for choir and chamber ensemble was commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for their “Silent Voices” series and premiered in April of 2018. Shelley is also an active performer, and performs regularly as a vocalist and solo saxophonist, primarily wielding the baritone saxophone. She has performed and recorded with ensembles throughout Kansas City, Des Moines, Brooklyn and New York City- anything from Baroque to Screamo. She is also a founding member of the composer collective, Kinds of Kings, which celebrated their debut concert in Tampa, Florida in partnership with Terroir New Music and the Bake n' Babes in March of 2018.

Washington holds degrees from Truman State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on saxophone, and a Master of Arts in Education. She completed the Master of Music in Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt in 2017, where she studied with Dr. Joseph Church, Julia Wolfe, and Caroline Shaw. As an educator, she has taught with the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program, and also taught budding composers in the Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop. Shelley was the Artistic Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation, located in Brooklyn, NY. Washington now resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and began studies towards the PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University in the Fall of 2018. Shelley is a founding member of the composer collective, Kinds of Kings.

Synopsis

Cast & Team

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James Darrah

Director

James Darrah’s current projects continue to merge cinema and opera. Amid pandemic-related cancelations, Darrah has generated a wide range of new digital content and operatic film adaptations. He is the new Creative Director of Digital Content for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, directing new episodic short films in a visual orchestral series called Close Quarters. This fall he also devises and directs two genre-breaking projects with Boston Lyric Opera: a new fully animated feature-length film of Philip Glass’ Edgar Allan Poe opera The Fall of the House of Usher and the world premiere of desert in, an original eight-part operatic television series with Darrah as director and co-creator with composer Ellen Reid and screenwriter christopher oscar peña. Read more...

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Christopher Rountree

Conductor

We hear Stravinsky pouring out of an abandoned warehouse; see dozens of watermelons fly off of Disney Hall; parse a chorus singing Haydn’s “Creation” backwards; see Lady Macbeth in a dozen crooning silhouettes washing blood out of rags over bright porcelain sinks in a museum bathroom; hear a violinist recite a poem about melting ice cream and lost love; watch three minutes of “Le nozze” for twelve hours on repeat; follow the archeology of a lost ballet coming to life; and hear the sound of rose-petal jam making as music. Conductor, composer, curator, and performer, Christopher Rountree, is standing at the intersection of classical music, new music, performance art and pop.

Regarded as one of the most iconoclastic conductors in the field, Rountree’s inimitable style has led to collaborations with: Björk, John Adams, Yoko Ono, David Lang, Scott Walker, La Monte Young, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mica Levi, Alison Knowles, Patricia Kopatchinskja, John Luther Adams, Sigourney Weaver, Ted Hearne, Tyshawn Sorey, Ragnar Kjartansson, Missy Mazzoli, L’Rain, Caroline Shaw, Saul Williams, Ellen Reid, R.B. Schlather, James Darrah, Ryoji Ikeda, Du Yun, Yuval Sharon, and many of the planet’s greatest orchestras and ensembles including: the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera national de Paris, the Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Martha Graham Dance Company.

Rountree is the artistic director of Wild Up, curator of Darkness Sounding, and the Music Director of Long Beach Opera. He has been artistic director of an interdisciplinary ambient series in an oak grove in LA, called SILENCE, and curator of the LA Phil’s Fluxus Festival.

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Shelley Washington

Composer/Arranger/Sound Designer

With an eclectic palette that draws elements from jazz, rock, American folk and other contemporary musical spaces, Washington (b. 1991) seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music has been described as "slightly wild, slightly mysterious” while having the ability to "powerfully [tell] stories" (Peter Alexander).

Shelley is a 2018 recipient of the Jerome Fund for New Music Award and will write a new work for the trio Bearthoven for their upcoming season. In the early fall of 2017, she embarked on her first tour with the Schiele String Quartet to Savannah, Georgia, where her string quartets MIDDLEGROUND and SAY were performed throughout the city. She was also able to work with the students of the Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music program on her string quartet, MIDDLEGROUND, in 2017. Her relentless baritone saxophone duo, BIG Talk, recorded by herself and saxophonist Dr. José Cabán, was recently released by Brooklyn-based label, People | Places | Records. This was her first widely distributed work available on multiple streaming platforms. Her piece, The Farthest, for choir and chamber ensemble was commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for their “Silent Voices” series and premiered in April of 2018. Shelley is also an active performer, and performs regularly as a vocalist and solo saxophonist, primarily wielding the baritone saxophone. She has performed and recorded with ensembles throughout Kansas City, Des Moines, Brooklyn and New York City- anything from Baroque to Screamo. She is also a founding member of the composer collective, Kinds of Kings, which celebrated their debut concert in Tampa, Florida in partnership with Terroir New Music and the Bake n' Babes in March of 2018.

Washington holds degrees from Truman State University; a Bachelor of Arts in Music focusing on saxophone, and a Master of Arts in Education. She completed the Master of Music in Theory and Composition from NYU Steinhardt in 2017, where she studied with Dr. Joseph Church, Julia Wolfe, and Caroline Shaw. As an educator, she has taught with the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program, and also taught budding composers in the Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop. Shelley was the Artistic Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation, located in Brooklyn, NY. Washington now resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and began studies towards the PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University in the Fall of 2018. Shelley is a founding member of the composer collective, Kinds of Kings.

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Anna Schubert

Arianna

Described as "luminously expressive" with a "silvery voice" that "moves from innocence to devastation with an actor's ease," Anna is passionate about bringing new voices, stories, and musical ideas to life. She enjoys an eclectic career that takes her all over the world - premiering new works by living composers, performing old favorites by dead ones, and recording a wide variety of sounds for film and television.

A lover of new music and performance, Anna made her debut on the new music scene with the LA-based company The Industry, singing the ethereal soprano role of L in scenes from Anne LeBaron's LSD: The Opera. Since then, she has performed in a stunning array of new productions, including the role of the Controller in Opera Omaha's production of Jonathan Dove's Flight, Bernstein's Mass with the LA Phil, and creating the role of Bibi in the world premiere of Ellen Reid's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera p r i s m with LA Opera and Beth Morrison Projects. Her performance in p r i s m was described as "revelatory" (Catherine Womack), and subsequently led to a successful run at Theatro Municipal de São Paulo.

Anna also performs roles from standard operatic canon and concert repertoire. Highlights include Orff's Carmina Burana, and myriad Baroque and Classical works such as Handel's Messiah and Dixit Dominus; Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate, Requiem, Vesperae solennes de confessore, and Mass in C Minor; and Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut. Recently, she premiered a staged and reimagined version of Orlando di Lasso's Lagrime di San Pietro with 20 other singers from the LA Master Chorale, which launched a worldwide tour.

Outside the world of classical vocals, Anna enjoys a stimulating and versatile career as a session singer. Her voice appears in various film and TV soundtracks, including The Lion King (2019), Mulan (2020), Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker, Creed, Minions, as well as in Danny Elfman's latest album, Big Mess. Her solo soprano vocals can be heard dramatically soaring over orchestra and choir in the films Birds of Prey (2020) and Keanu (2016), and the Netflix series Midnight Mass.

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Marlaina Owens

Anastasio

The American soprano, Marlaina Owens, a native of Los Angeles, has concertized throughout Austria, France, Germany, and the United States. Her operatic credits include Adele and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Lover in Il Tabarro, and the title role in Suor Angelica. Equally home in both theater and music, Owens’ performance artistry is shaped by her captivating stage presence, stylistic versatility and keen sense of dramatic timing. Her engagements in the 2021-22 season include playing Anastasio in Long Beach Opera’s production of Handel’s Giustino, and a young artist position with Opera Santa Barbara Chrisman Studio Program. She will also join Chicago Lyric in their productions of Beethoven Symphony No.9, Puccini’s Tosca and Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Sharon Chohi Kim

La Fortuna

Sharon Chohi Kim is thrilled to make her debut as La Fortuna with Long Beach Opera. Sharon Chohi is a multidisciplinary artist, vocalist and composer based in Los Angeles. She specializes in contemporary opera, experimental voice, and vocal improvisation. She recently performed in Hive Rise at MOCA with the Industry Opera Company. She was heard singing in a traditional opera style as well as extended vocal technique and noise in her role as Wiindigo in the Industry’s opera Sweet Land. She also performed the role of Hungry Ghost in Meredith Monk’s opera Atlas with the LA Philharmonic. Sharon Chohi has performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum, the Getty Center and Villa, in caves, tunnels, mountains, gardens, and in water.

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Amanda Lynn Bottoms

Leocasta

Amanda Lynn Bottoms is an emerging mezzo-soprano recently engaged with the Santa Fe Opera covering Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fillipyevna in Eugene Onegin, and Ino in the world premiere of Corigliano's The Lord of Cries. For the 2021/2022 Season, she will perform Mandane with Quantum Theatre (Idaspe), Leocasta with Long Beach Opera (Giustino), Katherine Johnson in Galaxies in Her Eyes (HPU Cultural Programs), Girlfriend #3 with Pittsburgh Opera (Blue), and return to Santa Fe Opera to cover the titular role in Carmen. To much acclaim, Bottoms headlined the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago Fall 2021 recital series - the opening performance, Songs of the New World, being named one of the top three Chicago Classical Review’s 'Best of 2021' performances.

Ms. Bottoms is a recent graduate of the Cafritz Young Artist Program at the Washington National Opera where her mainstage work included roles in the Maurice Sendak production of The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Consul, and the world premiere of Admissions in the Washington National Opera AOI program. Heralded for her “superb vocal and dramatic chops” (Opera News), Bottoms debuted in the Opera Philadelphia O19 Festival, as Smeraldina in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, and continued featured work with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, New York Festival of Song, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Emerging Voices recital series.

Ms. Bottoms has been a finalist in prestigious international competitions including the George London Foundation, Zachary Foundation, Operalia, and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Regionals. Recent concert work includes collaboration with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, UCLA Symphony, Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and Cecilia Chorus of New York.

Prominent debuts include Paquette in Candide with Philadelphia Orchestra and maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mahler's Symphony No.2 and Richard Danielpour’s The Passion of Yeshua with the UCLA Symphony, Mercedes in Carmen with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Missa solemnis and The Brothers Balliett’s Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses at Carnegie Hall, and Anita in Bernstein's West Side Story with the NHK Symphony Orchestra of Tokyo under the baton of maestro Paavo Järvi.

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Luke Elmer

Giustino

Luke Elmer is a West Coast based countertenor from Flower Mound, Texas. Recently, Luke performed the roles of Fairy Godmother/Balladeer in Bock and Harnick’s The Apple Tree (SFCM), Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare (SFCM), and The Book of Fate/Old Woman/Mrs. Northwind in Dove’s The Enchanted Pig (SFCM). Luke received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah studying with Darrell Babidge and Dr. Robert Brandt. He will receive his graduate degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music this spring under the tutelage of César Ulloa. Choral singing is another one of Luke’s passions, and he has sung a wide variety of works with Utah groups, such as the BYU Singers, Brevitas, Sound of Ages Choir, and Lux Singers. Luke is thrilled to make his professional and company debut with Long Beach Opera in Giustino.

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Orson Van Gay

Vitaliano

Operatic tenor Orson Van Gay II possesses a unique voice that captivates the audience with his charisma and command of the stage. His performances showcase vocal talents that have brought him constant recognition in Southern California and across the United States.

In 2021, Mr. Van Gay joined Long Beach Opera for their production of Les Enfants Terribles as Gérard. In the 2019/20 season, he created the role of Raymond Santana in the world première of Anthony Davis’s The Central Park Five, also with Long Beach Opera. He also made his role debut as Rodolfo in La Bohème with Pacific Opera Project. ("Orson Van Gay II’s top notes were thrilling...” OperaWire)

He debuted as Nemorino with the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice, and sang the romantic lead of the Young Man in Last Romance with Kansas New Theater. (“Van Gay II is one of the finest operatic tenors I have had the pleasure of hearing in a very long time.” Broadway World)

Equally at home as a recitalist, Mr. Van Gay has appeared with the Portsmouth Community Concert, Inc. (VA) and at Carnegie Hall in a recital with Wang Wei.

Mr. Van Gay has sung extensively with LA Opera in many venues including the Connects “City of Hope” “IAMLA" series. He debuted the role of Bernard Curson (aka “Cherubino”) in the world première of ¡Figaro! (90210) with the company, and was Ramerrez in The Prospector in two different seasons. Other operatic roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Ben in The Night of the Living Dead, and the title roles of Candide and Orpheus.

He premiered Nathan Wang's Golden, a composition based on the life of Polish composer Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Los Angeles, and sang the role of Prince in the world première of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Morning Star.

Mr. Van Gay is also an actor in several nationally recognized television series. He has been featured in major television commercials and starred on a variety of shows for Netflix. In 2020 he co-starred in the Disney series Coop and Cami Ask the World.

You can learn more about the Southern California native at OrsonVanGay.com.

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Dante Mireles

Polidarte

Dante Mireles (26) is from McAllen, Texas and first began singing opera as a chorister in South
Texas Lyric Opera's productions. Mireles Graduated from Texas Christian University, where he
received the Nordan Music Scholarship to gain his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance.
Mireles will graduate this month with his Master’s of Music from San Francisco Conservatory of
Music. Mireles's recent performances at SFCM include Father in Hansel and Gretel, Publio in
Clemenza di Tito, and King Hildebrand in The Enchanted Pig. This performance of Giustino will be his debut at Long Beach Opera.

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Douglas Williams

Amanzio

Douglas Williams, bass-baritone, grew up in Farmington, Connecticut, and trained at the New England Conservatory, Yale School of Music, and Tanglewood Music Center. Douglas has appeared as a soloist with the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, Houston Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Salzburg Camerata, and NDR Radiophilharmonie. His repertoire includes Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Puccini, and Stravinsky, with directors and conductors such as Mark Morris, Sasha Waltz, Barbara Hannigan, Simon Rattle, Yannick Nézet-Seguin, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Nicholas McGegan. This season Douglas appears with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and Opera Atelier. Next season he will make debuts at the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opéra de Tours. He lives in Berlin, Germany.

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Adam Rigg

Production Designer

Bio coming soon.

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Pablo Santiago

Co-Lighting Designer

Pablo Santiago is a Mexican-American Lighting Designer and the winner of the Richard Sherwood Award and Stage Raw Award and multiple Ovation Award nominee. Pablo is proud to have long standing collaborations with many great artists such as James Darrah, Jose Luis Valenzuela, Ellen Reid, Missy Mazzoli, Karen Zacarias, Bill Rouch, Patricia Mcgregor, Ted Hearne, Christopher Rountree, Francois-Pierre Couture, Adam Rigg, Adam Larsen and Yuval Sharon. Pablo has designed for companies such as Santa Fe Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Symphony, Boston Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, Center Theater Group, Music Academy of The West, Broad Museum and Beth Morrison Projects. Some of the amazing venues he has worked at include: Teatro Municipal Sao Paulo, The Goodman Theater, Disney Hall, Davies Hall, Mark Taper Forum, Kennedy Center and Arena Stage in DC, La MaMa in NYC, Skirball Center, Paramount Theater, Huntington Theater and Majestic Theater in Boston, and BAM- Harvey Theater. Recent highlights include: Lord of Cries (Santa Fe Opera), The Fall of The House of Usher and Desert In (digital feature films for Boston Lyric Opera); the Anonymous Lover (Digital Content- LA Opera); Pulitzer Winner p r i s m (Sao Paulo, LAO, Prototype Festival), Macbeth and Mother Road (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage); Place (BAM-LA PHIL-Beth Morrison Projects), Proving Up (ONE Festival/Opera Omaha and Miller Theater); Valley of The Heart and Zoot Suit (Mark Taper Forum); Threepenny Opera, Norma (Boston Lyric Opera); Destiny of Desire (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Arena Stage); War of the Worlds (Los Angeles Philharmonic and The Industry); Breaking the Waves (OperaPhila and Prototype Festival); Pelleas et Melisande (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra); Flight, Pagliacci and Madame Butterfly (Opera Omaha); On The Town (San Francisco Symphony); Skeleton Crew and The Cake (Geffen Playhouse). Instagram: @pablosdesign

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Michael Rathbun

Co-Lighting Designer

Michael Rathbun is excited to be joining Long Beach Opera for the first time on this production. His designs have graced stages in L.A., San Diego, Chicago, Boston, Bangkok, and Paris, with some notable institutions including San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, and LA Dance Project, among others. Some notable credits of his include Kanye West's Sunday Service Choir (Associate Lighting Designer), Theatre Y's devised adaptation of 3 Sisters (Lighting Designer), Ariel Dorfman's La Muerte y La Doncella (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Benjamin Millepied's Pillar 7 (Lighting Designer) and Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem (Midwest Premier, Lighting Designer). He also holds an MFA from Trinity College, Dublin's Lir Academy.  Examples of his work can be found in his online portfolio at mfrdesigns.net.

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Benjamin Maas

Sound Designer

Long Beach-based Benjamin Maas has been an engineer in the Los Angeles classical music scene for over two decades. His start was at the Eastman School of Music where, as a clarinet student, he recorded numerous performances of students and school ensembles including the famed Eastman Wind Ensemble. Today, his company, Fifth Circle Audio, specializes in the recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, and video production of music. Previous clients have included Opera Pacific, the Ojai Music Festival, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jacaranda, Riot Video Games, and many other organizations. He has recording credits on numerous labels ranging from Harmonia Mundi and ECM New Series to Bridge, Delos, and Naxos. Highlights of his previous operatic and theatrical sound designs have included The Rake’s Progress, The Classical Style, Slide, American Songbook III, and Kopernikus for the Ojai Festival. He has also been the broadcast engineer for the League of Legends World Championship opening ceremony and won an Emmy for his work on the Texas Tenors PBS special. This is his second time working with LBO, the first being Les Enfants Terribles last season.

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Raviv Ullman

Associate Director

Raviv Ullman returns to LBO after acting in and directing Desert In last season as well as creating and directing Entry for this season’s cinematic programming.  Raviv has recently directed work for Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and this past fall was Artist in Residence at Opera Omaha. He has worked both in NY and around the US with Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway & Touring), Oklahoma (Broadway), Mean Girls (Broadway), Jagged Little Pill (Broadway), Roundabout Theater Co,  Atlantic Theater Co, Second Stage, The New Group, The Ahmanson, The Geffen, Huntington Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theater, Bucks County Playhouse, Music Academy of the West and more. His TV credits include work for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, MTV, Disney, and Comedy Central.

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Kate Campbell

Associate Production Designer

Kate Campbell is a NYC-based set designer and set design associate. Recent associate projects include: Which Way to the Stage at MCC Theater; On Sugarland at New York Theater Workshop; Cullud Wattah at the Public; Man Cave at the Connelly Theater; Fefu and her Friends at Theater for a New Audience; Girls at Yale Repertory; Cosi fan tutte at Juilliard Opera. Upcoming projects with Adam Rigg includes: HOOD at Asolo Repertory Theatre; The Listeners at The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

Your Visit

Health & Safety Measures

Please make sure to review LBO's up-to-date health and safety measures prior to your visit. Detailed information regarding vaccine requirements, masks, and more can be found there.

Directions & Parking

Address: 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Parking: The primary parking lot at the museum will be open to all LBO patrons for this performance. The parking lot can be accessed via 6th Street (the south side of the museum campus). In the unlikely event that the lot is full, street parking is available around the museum campus.

Public Transportation: Take the Metro Blue Line to 5th Street Station. From the train platform, walk east on 6th street towards Alamitos Avenue. Arrive at the museum, located between 6th and 7th Street. For your best route, use the Metro Trip Planner.

Outdoor Venue

The performances of Giustino will take place outdoors in the MoLAA Sculpture Gardens. Please make sure to dress appropriately for cooler temperatures at night and monitor the weather before the performance to best make a decision for your comfort.

Museum Access

As a special treat to LBO patrons, all ticket holders to Giustino are granted to the MoLAA galleries from 5:15 PM-7:15 PM prior to their performance time. Please present your ticket to the front desk at the museum upon arrival should you choose to browse the wonderful spaces at the museum. 

ADA Accessibility

This performance is general admission by seating section. If you require ADA accessible seating, please contact the box office by emailing [email protected] or by calling (562) 470-7464.

Recommended Dining & Libations

The LBO staff has gathered this list of recommended local food and drink establishments near the venue for this performance. 

  • Seabirds Kitchen - 975 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Sunny, contemporary eatery with seasonally inspired vegan small plates, tacos, entrees & desserts.
  • Sura Korean BBQ & Tofu House - 621 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Vegan-friendly storefront outlet serving traditional fare & tofu soup, plus sizzling BBQ plates.
  • Jounetsu Ramen - 1035 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Compact restaurant with outdoor seating specializing in Japanese noodle soup, plus dumplings & beer.
  • Ellie's - 204 Orange Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Stylish, energetic restaurant with modern takes on Southern Italian cuisine, plus a roomy patio.
  • District Wine - 144 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
    This homey mainstay with wines & beers to taste or purchase also serves flatbread & appetizers.


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