Edgar Allan Poe Meets Philip Glass: Long Beach Opera Presents Deep into the Darkness

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lb-operaTwo American artistic pioneers – Edgar Allan Poe, the “father of the modern mystery” and Philip Glass, the face and sound of 21st century American music – meet at 1:00 PM on Saturday January 19, 2013, when Long Beach Opera (LBO) presents Deep into the Darkness at the Art Theater of Long Beach. Deep into the Darkness is the perfect introduction to LBO’s 2013 season opener, Glass’ The Fall of The House of Usher. Based on Poe’s classic horror story, this haunting opera explores the dark places nightmares begin.

The afternoon’s festivities begin with a screening of The Raven, a 1915 silent movie by Charles Brabin that weaves Poe’s famous poem of the same name through an imaginative documentary about his tragically short life; this striking fantasy is accompanied by live performances of Glass’ piano music by concert pianist Michelle Schumann.

Highlighting the second half will be a dramatic reading of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher by LA-based actor Mark Bringelson. The story will be interspersed with selections from Glass’ Usher sung by LBO cast members: Suzan Hanson as Madeline Usher, reprising her role in the opera’s world premiere; Ryan MacPherson as Roderick Usher; and Lee Gregory as Roderick’s friend, William.

Mark Bringelson, a favorite at LBO, is a versatile stage and screen actor. Audiences have seen him in Heathers and Austin Powers and, at LBO, in Maria de Buenos Aires, No Mozart, The Clever One, and Emperor of Atlantis.

Michelle Schumann at the piano “doesn’t just make sounds with it; she coaxes feelings from it, vivid emotions in cascading rhythms and artfully shaded tones. “ (Austin Chronicle) Winner of the 2006 Janice K. Hodges Competition for Contemporary Music and the Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, she is no stranger to LBO having appeared in several Coincidences and operas. Her sensitive playing in LBO’s Winterreise was described by Alan Rich as, “the saddest music in the world – and also, at that moment, at least, the most beautiful.”

Long Beach Opera presents Deep into the Darkness on Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the Art Theatre of Long Beach, 2025 East 4th St., Long Beach, CA. 90814.

Tickets for the event are $20. Subscribers qualify for special discounts. To purchase tickets, call LBO Ticket Services at 562-432-5934 or go online to: www.longbeachopera.org/tickets

West Coast Premiere The Fall of The House of Usher
Performances will be January 27, February 2 and 3, 2013 at the beautifully restored, art deco Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro. Tickets range from $29-$160 and can be purchased at the same locations as noted above for Deep into the Darkness….

Coming Productions in LBO’s 2013 Borderline Season:

Gabriela Ortiz: Camelia La Tejana: Only the Truth (Unicamente la Verdad) March 24m, 30 – Terrace Theater, Long Beach

Stewart Copeland: Tell-Tale Heart / Michael Gordon: Van Gogh May 11, 18m, 18, 19 – EXPO Arts Center, Long Beach

Ernest Bloch: Macbeth
June 15, 22, 23 – Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro

For additional information, please visit the LBO website.


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