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Long Beach Opera's 2013 Season to Include the West Coast Premiere of Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher logo
Long Beach Opera has announced plans to produce five rarely performed 20th and 21st century operas for its 2013 season.

The season will open with the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass' The Fall of the House of Usher (January 27-February 3), featuring a haunting score to accompany Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tale. Ken Cazan will direct. Next, LBO will stage the U.S. premiere of Gabriela Ortiz and Rubén Ortiz-Torres' Unicamente la Verdad (Only the Truth) (March 24 and 30), a controversial work dealing with love, drugs, and betrayal along the US-Mexican border.

A double bill featuring Stewart Copeland's Tell-Tale Heart, a version of Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story, and Michael Gordon's Van Gogh, based on Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo, (May 11-19) will be up next. The season will come to a close with Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch's Macbeth (June 15-23), which directly from the original Shakespeare text.


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