Since 2015, Kristof Van Grysperre, a native of Belgium with roots in France, has served as artistic director for Angels Vocal Art, a Southern California-based organization that develops emerging talent through music education and performance. Kristof Van Grysperre previously served as resident conductor for Long Beach Opera.

Long Beach Opera (LBO) has announced the dates and venues for its 2019 performances, which will examine justice and injustice through three productions. The 2019 season will kick off with The Black Cat, an opera that brings an Edgar Allen Poe novella to life using drama and music combining the work of J.S. Bach and English songwriter David Sylvian. The Black Cat will be staged January 19 and 20 at Long Beach’s Beverly O’Neill Theater.

LBO’s 2019 season will continue in April with a production of Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, which is based on a Franz Kafka short story of the same name. The opera will be performed in collaboration with CALREP Long Beach at CSULB Studio Theater. There will be a total of eight show dates during the last week of April and the first week of May.

To wrap up the season, LBO will present the world premiere of The Central Park Five, an opera that examines a true case of legal injustice from the 1980s. Featuring music by Anthony Davis and a libretto by Richard Wesley, the opera will be staged June 15, 22, and 23 at the Warner Grand Theater in San Pedro, California. More information about LBO’s 2019 performances is available at http://www.longbeachopera.org.

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