Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’ at Long Beach Opera

January 9, 2020 | By | Category: Classical Music and Opera

Long Beach Opera presents a new production of Purcell’s “King Arthur” — a collaboration with Chicano provocateurs Culture Clash and LA’s premiere Baroque orchestra Musica Angelica — for only three performances at Long Beach’s Beverly O’Neill Theatre.  Performances are Sunday, Jan.12, Saturday, Jan.18, and Sunday, Jan.19.   

In this world premiere of LBO’s re-imagination of the work, with adaptation and direction by Andreas Mitisek in collaboration with Culture Clash, King Arthur returns as a superhero who fights a mysterious, strange and unnatural force that is attacking Earth and threatening life as we know it. Will he be able to save humanity? How will he stand up against a race of alien shape shifters who desire to conquer the galaxy?

King Arthur’s experience as a knight — with the aid of Purcell’s most adventurous music — comes in handy as he rescues his beloved princess.

Purcell based his “King Arthur” on the battles between King Arthur’s Britons and the Saxons, rather than the legends of Camelot — although Merlin does make an appearance. It is a Restoration spectacular, including such otherworldly characters as Cupid and Venus plus references to the Germanic gods of the Saxons, Woden, Thor and Freya.  

World premiere of Long Beach Opera Re-imagination of

“King Arthur”

Music by Henry Purcell

Direction by Andreas Mitisek

Music Director Ilia Korol

Adaptation by Andreas Mitisek and Culture Clash

Musica Angelica, orchestra

CAST:             

Cedric Berry, bass-baritone

Jamie Chamberlin, soprano

Marc Molomat, tenor

Darryl Taylor, countertenor

PERFORMANCES:

Sunday, Jan. 12, at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

VENUE: Beverly O’Neill Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach 90802

RUN TIME: Approx. 90 minutes without intermission / Sung in English

PRE-OPERA TALK: One hour before each performance

TICKETS: Tickets range from $49 to $150 and can be purchased either by calling the LBO Box Office at 562.470.SING (7464) or by going online to https://www.LongBeachOpera.org/Tickets/

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: https://www.LongBeachOpera.org/the-Season/king-arthur

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