By Arnold Schoenberg & Kate Soper
Set to the Pierrot Lunaire text by Albert Giraud
Directed by Danielle Agami & Zoe Aja Moore
Conducted by Jenny Wong
Starring Kiera Duffy & Laurel Irene


PERFORMANCES

Sat. Aug. 14, 2021 • 8:00 PM
Sun. Aug. 15, 2021 • 8:00 PM

VENUE

The Ford
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Los Angeles, CA 90068

Each opera is 40 minutes long and there will be a 20 minute intermission.
Pierrot Lunaire
is sung in German with English supertitles.
Voices from the Killing Jar
is sung in English with English supertitles.


Cast

PIERROT LUNAIRE
Kiera Duffy • Pierrot Lunaire
Danielle Agami • Dancer
Paige Amicon • Dancer
Christopher Hahn • Dancer
Cacia LaCount • Dancer
Jordan Lovestrand • Dancer
Bronte Mayo • Dancer
Jobel Medina • Dancer
Evan Sagadencky • Dancer
Santiago Villarreal • Dancer

VOICES FROM THE KILLING JAR
Laurel Irene • Soloist
Abdiel Gonzalez • Baritone, Clarinetist, and Percussionist
Sierra Priest • Supernumerary

Artistic Team

Jenny Wong • Conductor

PIERROT LUNAIRE
Danielle Agami • Director/Choreographer 
Alexander Gedeon • Associate Director
Michela Muratori • Costume Designer
Pablo Santiago • Lighting Designer
Carlos Mosquera • Sound Designer

VOICES FROM THE KILLING JAR
Zoe Aja Moore • Director
Alexander Gedeon • Associate Director
Tanya Orellana • Scenic Designer
Elizabeth Merrit Brooks • Costume Designer
Christopher Kuhl • Lighting Designer
Liz Toonkel • Illusions and Magic
Carlos Mosquera • Sound Designer
Sonia Alvarez • Assistant Costume Designer
Lindsay Alayne Stevens • Assistant Lighting Designer

Wild Up

Mona Tian • Violin
Mia Barcia-Colombo • Cello
Brian Walsh • Clarinets / Saxophones
Isabel Lepanto Gleicher • Flute
Derek Tywoniuk • Percussion
Thomas Kotcheff • Piano
David Saldaña • Electronics Keyboard Player


COLLABORATORS
LA Philharmonic/The Ford
Ate9
Wild Up
Yuval Sharon, Artistic Advisor


About The Operas

Why are women in opera so often depicted as prostitutes, sacrificial victims, or both? Women reframe their own operatic portrayal in this double bill that pairs the most radical monodrama of the last century with one by this century’s most exciting new voices. Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (1912) changed music forever when he created 21 surreal dreamscapes for a solitary, enigmatic female to traverse. Exploring a threshold space between singing and speaking, Schoenberg created a vocal character somewhere between cabaret and expressionism, demanding each performer to make the role uniquely her own. 100 years later, Kate Soper’s Voices from the Killing Jar (2012) takes an intrepid soloist through a constantly shifting sonic environment and a kaleidoscopic vocal journey. Soper’s protagonist brings to life 8 famous women in world literature -- from Don Giovanni to Great Gatsby, from Shakespeare to Haruki Murakami -- to unravel men’s depictions of women through the centuries. 


About The Composers

Arnold Schoenberg
(1874–1951)

Arnold Schoenberg •  (1874–1951)
Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg was an Austrian-born composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter. He is widely considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. With the rise of the Nazi Party, Schoenberg's works were labeled degenerate music, because they were modernist and atonal. He emigrated to the United States in 1933, becoming an American citizen in 1941.

Schoenberg's approach, both in terms of harmony and development, has shaped much of the 20th-century musical thought. Many European and American composers from at least three generations have consciously extended his thinking, whereas others have passionately reacted against it.

Schoenberg was known early in his career for simultaneously extending the traditionally opposed German Romantic styles of Brahms and Wagner. Later, his name would come to personify innovations in atonality (although Schoenberg himself detested that term) that would become the most polemical feature of 20th-century art music. In the 1920s, Schoenberg developed the twelve-tone technique, an influential compositional method of manipulating an ordered series of all twelve notes in the chromatic scale. He also coined the term developing variation and was the first modern composer to embrace ways of developing motifs without resorting to the dominance of a centralized melodic idea.


Kate Soper
(B. 1981)

Kate Soper • (B. 1981)
Kate Soper

Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. She has been hailed by The Boston Globe as "a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power" and by The New Yorker for her "limpid, exacting vocalism, impetuous theatricality, and mastery of modernist style." A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Soper has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters (The Virgil Thomson and Goddard Lieberson awards and the Charles Ives Scholarship), the Koussevitzky Foundation, Chamber Music America, the Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund, the Music Theory Society of New York State, and ASCAP, and has been commissioned by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and Yarn/Wire. She has received residencies and fellowships from the Civitella Raineri Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Camargo Foundation, the Macdowell Colony, Tanglewood, Royaumont, and Domaine Forget, among others.

Soper is a co-director and performer for Wet Ink, a New York-based new music ensemble dedicated to seeking out adventurous music across aesthetic boundaries. She teaches composition and electronic music at Smith College.


Artist Bios

Kiera Duffy
Pierrot Lunaire

Kiera Duffy • Pierrot Lunaire
Kiera Duffy

Kiera Duffy’s prolific concert career has seen her with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors. Recent engagements include a debut with The Cleveland Orchestra in Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate conducted by Harry Bicket and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Knussen’s “O Hototogisu! fragment of a Japonisme” conducted by Daniela Harding, appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic as Le Feu/Princesse in L’enfant et les sortilèges, Lembit Beecher’s world premiere opera Sophia’s Forest in Philadelphia, and a solo recital at the Midland Center for the Arts in Michigan. Ms. Duffy also sang a world premiere by composer Michael Hersch with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at the Ojai and Edinburgh Festivals. Upcoming engagements include a residency at the University of Iowa in collaboration with Miró String.

Ms. Duffy recently earned the highest critical praise for the world premiere of Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s Breaking the Waves as Bess McNeill at Opera Philadelphia. She has also been seen as Le Feu/La Princesse in the Laurent Pelly production of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges at the Seiji Ozawa Music Academy in Japan under the leadership of Maestro Ozawa, her Metropolitan Opera debut as a Flower Maiden in the new production of Parsifal conducted by Daniele Gatti, which was an HD broadcast, and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire. A specialist in modern and rarely heard operas, she has been seen as Queen Tye in Philip Glass’ Akhnaten Atlanta Opera, Ghita in Vicente Martín y Soler’s rarely performed opera Una cosa rara at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Violet Beauregard in the European premiere of The Golden Ticket and Florestine in Corigliano’s The Ghosts of Versailles at the Wexford Festival, as well as the Center for Contemporary Opera’s new production of Morton Feldman’s only “anti-opera” Neither at the Brut Wien. Her discography includes Richard Strauss: The Complete Songs, Volume 5 with legendary pianist Roger Vignoles available on Hyperion Records, Carmina Burana on Sony with Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 on Deutsche Grammophon with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, and Fairouz’s No Orpheus on Naxos.


Laurel Irene
Soloist, Voices from the Killing Jar

Laurel Irene • Soloist, Voices from the Killing Jar
Laurel Irene

Laurel Irene (M.M.), Los Angeles-based "downright superhuman" (LA Times) vocal artist and voice researcher, specializes in bringing new compositional works to life with vocal repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart to the wacky, wild, and extreme sounds of the 21st century. With incredible vocal range, agile flexibility, and "resigned, compassionate, forbearing, affectionate, sympathetic, absolving" (LA Times) emotional connection that stretches from playful to unhinged in the span of a page, she draws on her expertise in vocal research to heighten unique timbres, textures, and vocal expressions. In 2019 she performed the role of Countess Almaviva in REDCAT's 12 hour endurance art piece, earning Mark Swed's acclaim as "one of the most astonishing performances, vocally and interpretively, I have ever encountered". Other features include The Kennedy Center (Baljinder Sekhon premiere), LA Phil New Music Group (John Cage's Europeras 1 & 2), The Getty Museum (Steve Reich's Drumming), The Industry (Du Yun and Raven Chacon's Sweetland), LACMA Sunday Evening Concerts (Dominick Argento's Letters from Composers), CSULA (Francis Poulenc’s La voix humaine),The Box Gallery (Nice Day for the Races opera premiere), Monday Evening Concerts (Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians), and The First Congregational Church, L.A. (Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, Fauré's Requiem, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem). A recent winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, she also regularly performs with chamber and vocal music ensembles across Los Angeles.

As an avid voice educator and co-founder of the educational organization, VoiceScienceWorks and the N.E.O. Voice Festival, she gives voice workshops at conferences and collegiate settings across the United States and Europe including the Pan-American Vocology Association, American Choral Directors Association, Acoustical Society of America, Harvard University, York University, College of the Holy Cross, California Institute for the Arts, University of California Los Angeles, and Cornish College of the Arts.

Laurel is an alumna of performance programs at the USC Thornton School of Music, New Music on the Point, Cortona New Music Sessions, Oregon State University, California State University L.A., and the Summer Vocology Institute.


Abdiel Gonzalez
Baritone, Clarinetist, and Percussionist, Voices from the Killing Jar

Abdiel Gonzalez • Baritone, Clarinetist, and Percussionist, Voices from the Killing Jar
Abdiel Gonzalez

Puerto Rican baritone Abdiel Gonzalez has been praised for his “rich, lush baritone” and for having a “superb voice, which commanded the stage.” He has been a concert soloist under the batons of Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Grant Gershon to name a few. He has traveled the world singing, most recently to Taiwan, singing the role of Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, as well as being the baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9with the Boca Del Rio Orchestra in Veracruz, Mexico, for the inaugural concert of a new state-of-the-art performing arts center. He has performed 36 operatic and Zarzuela roles, and can be heard in over 40 films, including Coco, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A native of Long Beach, Mr. González is happy to be making his Long Beach Opera Debut in Voices From The Killing Jar.


Danielle Agami
Director/Choreographer, Pierrot Lunaire

Danielle Agami • Director/Choreographer, Pierrot Lunaire
Danielle Agami

I’m committed to favor the things I get excited by.
I now learn to get excited by things that I originally didn’t find exciting.
I try to believe in discipline yet learn about yielding.
I’m hard on myself and the people around me, I know that, but it’s because I trust endless research and admire sensitivity.
I was born in a country of conflict and I moved to a country that avoids conflict -now I’m looking for new habits.
It seems I’m always on the search for a new habitat. I want to meet as many people as I can through dance, but otherwise I really don’t try enough when it comes to living among humans.
I feel extremely emotional about animals and nature. I am still learning about relationships and codependency- when I say I'm still learning, I mean to declare that I’m a beginner.
There are few people out there that deserve my apology. There are few people out there that owe me an apology. I’m not so young anymore but not too confident either.
I am a master of crashing hard and all the way down.
I feel high very often- no substance taken.
I am not sure about having kids.
I have a photographic memory.
I’m shy and I can’t shut up.
I’m lazy but never manage to be careless.
I got a nice resume I promise you and I truly love what I do.
What I do is meaningless without the humans that do it with me.


Zoe Aja Moore
Director, Voices from the Killing Jar

Zoe Aja Moore • Director, Voices from the Killing Jar
Zoe Aja Moore

Zoe Aja Moore is a Los Angeles-based artist and director who uses experimental and rigorous theatrical practices to make performance, theater, opera, and participatory events. Recent work has been presented by REDCAT, HERE Art Center, National Sawdust, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Theater at the Ace Hotel, The LAX Festival, Warsaw's Teatr Studio, and CalArts’ Center for New Performance, and includes the premiere of Magdalene as part of the 2020 Prototype Festival, and Schwitters' Ursonate produced by the LA Philharmonic for their Weimar Republic Festival. Originally from New York City, Zoe is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab and holds an MFA in Directing from the California Institute of the Arts. Upcoming commissions include In My Arms (like a raft, like rope) a new performance work for LACMA's Modern Art galleries, and Passion an audio performance piece.


Jenny Wong
Conductor

Jenny Wong • Conductor
Jenny Wong

A native of Hong Kong, Jenny Wong is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition to the regular season, Wong has conducted performances of Peter Sellars’ staging of di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro at the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia, the Festival Internacional Cervantino and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and in the United States. As chorus master, Wong has prepared choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic, Susanna Mälkki, Eric Whitacre, María Guinand, and Music Academy of the West, including the U.S. premier of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. Most recently, Wong was Assistant Producer of the Master Chorale’s latest album, Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil with Signum Classics. Recent engagements and positions have included the Grammy-winning ensemble Phoenix Chorale in Phoenix, Arizona, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, new opera Sweet Land by Du Yun and Raven Chacon with opera company The Industry, directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska-Luger, as well as the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music, where she prepared choruses for the Stockton Symphony, and All Saints Church Pasadena, California.


Tanya Orellana
Scenic Designer, Voices from the Killing Jar

Tanya Orellana • Scenic Designer, Voices from the Killing Jar
Tanya Orellana

Tanya Orellana designs performance spaces for theatre, opera and immersive experiences. Her design collaborations include The Industry’s Sweet Land, a world premiere immersive opera directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger at L.A. State Historic Park, the Mexico premiere of Angels in America directed by Martín Acosta at Teatro Juan Ruiz de Alarcón (Mexico City) and the world premiere of The Heath, by Lauren Gunderson directed by Sean Daniels at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell, MA). Upcoming projects include Rasgos Asiaticos, written by Virginia Grise, a scenic installation using sound, light, and objects to conjure narratives of immigration and migration in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands and Last Days at Pu’unene Mill, a new exhibition/installation and community engagement project created in collaboration with video artist Joan Osato.Tanya has been a core member of new work ensemble Campo Santo since 2008, designing world premieres for writers such as Luis Alfaro, Richard Montoya, Star Finch, and Roger Guenvere Smith. She is a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, La Gente:The Latinx Theatre Design Network and a graduate of the Calarts Scenic Design Program. She is part of the design team chosen to represent the United States at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2023.


Pablo Santiago
Lighting Designer, Pierrot Lunaire

Pablo Santiago • Lighting Designer, Pierrot Lunaire
Pablo Santiago

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 The 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


Christopher Kuhl
Lighting Designer

Christopher Kuhl • Lighting Designer
Christopher Kuhl

Christopher Kuhl is an acclaimed theater, dance, opera, and installation artist and designer.

Working in both lighting and scenic design, he has been recognized with two Bessie Awards (Home and This was the End) two Los Angeles Ovation Awards (The Nether and How To Disappear Completely and Never Be Found), Center Theatre Group’s Sherwood Award for “adventurous theater artists,” Portland’s Drammy Award for outstanding lighting (My Mind is Like an Open Meadow) and The Horton Award for dance innovation.

Among frequent collaborators are David Rousseve, Lars Jan and Geoff Sobelle; other collaborations include writer/director Young Jean Lee and choreographer/conceptualist Ralph Lemon.

Kuhl has developed work which has been produced and presented internationally at such venues as The Edinburgh Festival, The Sydney Festival, Hebbel am Ufer, Centre Pompidou, Queer Zagreb, Hong Kong Arts Festival and Santiago a Mil Chile, among others. He has also had the pleasure of working and making art at On the Boards, Fusebox Festival, The Chocolate Factory, LACMA, Kennedy Center, YBCA, Jacob’s Pillow, LA Opera and Santa Fe Opera.

Recent work includes The Hunger (Abbey Theatre, BAM), Dog Days (Los Angeles Opera), The Object Lesson (New York Theatre Workshop), The Source (REDCAT, BAM), The Institute of Memory (T:BA Festival, The Public Theater), Straight White Men (Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company, The Public Theatre, Kaai Theater) and The Elephant Room (St. Ann’s Warehouse).

Kuhl has designed for new music and opera with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Beijing Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound and Carnegie Hall. He is an associate artist of Hand2Mouth Theatre, and founding co-director of Live Arts Exchange (LAX).

Kuhl is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego and a member of the design faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a native of New Mexico and a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.


Elizabeth Merrit Brooks
Costume Designer, Voices from the Killing Jar

Elizabeth Merrit Brooks • Costume Designer, Voices from the Killing Jar
Elizabeth Merrit Brooks

Regional theater: The Present, Mysterious Circumstances, Invisible Tango, The Legend of Georgia McBride (2018 Ovation Award Large Theater, Drama Critics’ Circle Award and NAACP Nomination) Bad Jews, Wait Until Dark, Good People and Build (Geffen Playhouse) Off The Rails, Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Marin Theater, Company, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theater of Portland, Portland Center Stage, Lyric Theater of Oklahoma. Los Angeles: Hit The Wall (L.A. LGBT Center 2016 Best Costume Design Nominee); Sweetland, Invisible Cities (The Industry L.A.); Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden, Fantomas, Brewsie and Willie, What to Wear (Center for New Performance); Native Voices at The Autry, East West Players, Celebration Theater and IAMA. She also designs for film, television, commercial, game developers and events. She received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts and has taught at USC, CalTech and Willamette University. She is a member of United Scenic Artists 829 and Costume Designers Guild 892.


Alex Gedeon
Associate Director

Alex Gedeon • Associate Director
Alex Gedeon

Alexander Gedeon is a stage director, songwriter and performer working primarily in the field of contemporary opera, born and based in Los Angeles. His creative work has spanned the divide from pop to classical, and has been called "provocative, visually stunning" and "a perfect, experimental approach to opera.” Alexander is currently Long Beach Opera's Minister of Culture, developing projects for forthcoming seasons and stewarding diversity objectives in new endeavors. Alexander is also the host of Towards a New Opera! — a video series disentangling new opera from latent notions of cultural superiority. Recent credits include: Concerto for Having Fun with Elvis on Stage at (REDCAT); Judith Hill in Concert & Conversation (Social Convention, UK); Yuval Sharon’s Twilight: Gods at Michigan Opera Theatre and Lyric Opera of Chicago (associate director). Upcoming projects include Sanctuaries (Third Angle New Music), a chamber opera about gentrification and the erasure of the Black community in Portland, Oregon; and a yet-to-be-announced LBO mainstage production. Previously: La tragédie de Carmen (San Diego Opera), associate directing John Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2 (LA Phil), assistant directing The Central Park Five (LBO), anatomy theater (LA Opera) and The Rake’s Progress (Pacific Opera Project). Alexander is a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theater Wing, and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. {www.alexandergedeon.co}


Jobel Medina
Dancer

Jobel Medina is an active performer based in the Greater Los Angeles area. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from California State University, Long Beach. Jobel’s recent performances include Tino Sehgal, Kate Wallich, San Francisco Symphony, No One Art House, Andrew Winghart. In the past, he has worked for Whyteberg, Acts of Matter, Keith Jonson. He also appeared in music videos for Anderson Pak, Mac Miller, Noah Cyrus, Watsky.


Paige Amicon
Dancer

Paige Amicon is a dance artist and teacher originally from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Susan Jaffe with a BFA in Contemporary Dance. She also holds a high school degree from UNCSA with a concentration in ballet. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has had a wonderfully adventurous freelance career. Amicon joined Ate9 in 2018.


Evan Sagadencky
Dancer

LA native Evan is a Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) alumni and is a recent graduate of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where he earned his BFA in Dance. He has danced works by Ohad Naharin, Barak Marshall, William Forsythe, Sonya Tayeh, Loni Landon, Alejandro Cerrudo among others. Evan is a dancer but also enjoys creating at any capacity— this takes form in dance for screen and stage. Evan is signed with Bloc Talent Agency and has been with Ate9 since June 2020.


Bronte Mayo
Dancer

As a native of the Pacific Northwest, Bronte Mayo began her formal training in Seattle through the preparatory department at Cornish College of the Arts. She moved to New York City to continue

her education at The Juilliard School where she received her BFA in Dance in 2021. She has performed in several iconic modern dance pieces by Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and José Limón, as well as having worked on new creations with Ohad Naharin, Bryan Arias, and Andrea Miller. Outside of New York, Bronte has danced original work in the Netherlands by Dimo Milev, performed a solo creation by Bret Easterling in Miami, and danced with Wade Madsen at the Northwest New Works Festival in Seattle. In 2017 she was also named National Young Arts Foundation winner in Modern dance. In June of 2021, Bronte made the move to Los Angeles where she continues her professional development as a company dancer and cast member with Ate9.


Cacia LaCount
Dancer

Cacia LaCount • Dancer
Cacia LaCount

Cacia LaCount is from Boston, MA. She graduated from The Boston Conservatory in 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Performance as a Jan Veen Scholar. She has supplemented her training at workshops and intensives including The Juilliard School, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Gallim Dance, and Ate9 Dance company and Springboard Danse Montreal. Cacia has performed works by Robert Battle, Uri Sands, Dwight Rhoden, Merce Cunningham, Pam Tanowitz, Andrea Miller, Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Micaela Taylor and Danielle Agami. In her professional career, Cacia has had the pleasure of dancing with Heather Stewart Dance, Lorraine Chapman The Company, Boston Dance Theater and moved to LA in 2018 to dance with Ate9.


Jordan Lovestrand
Dancer

Jordan Lovestrand • Dancer
Jordan Lovestrand

Jordan Lovestrand is a native Minnesotan. He received Honors in Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College in St.Peter, Minnesota. During his undergraduate studies, he took part in the DanceJerusalem study abroad program and traveled to Jerusalem, Israel. At the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Jordan was first introduced to Gaga under the direction of Aya Israeli. He has trained with Shahar Biniamini, Noa Paran, Yaniv Abraham, Shani Garfinkle, and other luminaries in the field. Soon after his time at the Academy, he became a member of Kolben Contemporary Dance Company in Jerusalem. Recently, Jordan has performed Danielle Agami’s Next Door with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.


Santiago Villareal
Dancer

Santiago Villarreal is a dancer and choreographer from Monterrey Mexico. He moved to California in 2015 to pursue his BFA from Chapman University. Since then Santiago has worked extensively in the commercial and concert dance world. He is currently an Ate9 Dance Company Member. Santiago has had the pleasure to work with distinguished choreographers and LA-Based dance companies such as Jacob Jonas The Company, Hedi Duckler, The TL Collective, Walter Matteini, Mauro Astolfi, Dwight Rhoden to name a few. He has also worked with commercial artists such as MILCK, Kareen Lomax, JORDY and more. Santiago continues to be curious for new experiences and movement languages and is focused on growing as a dancer and choreographer in the US and internationally. IG: @santiagovrdz


Christopher Hahn
Dancer

Christopher Hahn • Dancer
Christopher Hahn

​Christopher began his apprenticeship with the company in July 2020. He is from The Bay Area. He just graduated from the Alonzo King Lines Training program in San Francisco under the direction of Karah Abiog. Fun fact he is a Taurus.


Michela Muratori
Dancer

Michela was born in Italy and she has been involved in the fashion and beauty industry for more than 35 years, becoming an Artistic Show Director, Producer, Choreographer and Stylist for fashion and Cultural shows. After experiencing ten years as a model, in 1996 Michela founded her first production agency in Milan “Fun and Fashion Productions”. In 2011 she moved to Beijing to explore a new market, bringing her know-how. In 2019 Michela finally moved to Los Angeles with her work flow between different countries. “I like to think of my work as a container of myself. I put my lifestyle and personality in everything I do”. Muratori’s work evolves and it is constantly renewed due to an aesthetic that does not want to stay anchored to the past. Experiencing the union of different arts, styles, and cultural tastes, it creates the ultimate mix of new communication synergies.


Avery Polster
Dancer

Avery Polster • Dancer
Avery Polster

Avery Polster is a freelance movement artist, performer, and choreographer from Phoenix Arizona. He is versed in post-modern and contemporary movement vocabularies and uses improvisation, theater, performance, and image within his work. He dances to practice deconstructing and wearing the various shells of his reconstructed image and identities to better understand himself. Engaged in the local community he has worked with Nue/box and has presented and performed works at the Phoenix art museum and unexpected Gallery. He graduated from Arizona State University in the spring of 2021 with a BFA in Dance. Avery is inspired by the research of human organic form, presentation of self, control, expectation, storytelling, and the individual experience as part of a larger whole.


Shannon Smith
Dancer

Shannon Smith • Dancer
Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith is a movement artist from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in Spring 2021 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, a bachelor’s degree in English, and a minor degree in Spanish. Shannon has performed in and presented work at the American Dance Festival, Breaking Ground Contemporary Dance Festival, the Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona State University, and Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium. She is currently inspired by rhetoric, fossils, and the body.


Production Staff

Eric Bridges • Director of Production
Josh Clabaugh • Technical Director
Lisa Kable-Blanchard • Stage Manager
Rubén Bolívar • Assistant Stage Manager
Lindsay Alayne Stevens • Lighting Assistant
Robert Blake • Rehearsal Accompanist
Denice Paxton • Hair & Makeup Head
Erik Lawrence • Wardrobe Head
Rachel Steinke • Supertitles Operator
Zach Silveira • Carpenter


LBO Administration

Jennifer Rivera • General Director & Chief Executive Officer
James Darrah • Artistic Director & Chief Creative Officer
Derrell Acon, D.M.A. • Associate Artistic Director & Chief Impact Officer
Christopher Rountree • Music Director
Hannah Waldman • Director of Development
Eric Bridges • Director of Production
Alexander Gedeon • Minister of Culture & Artist in Residence 
Bronson Foster • Head of Experience & Partnerships
Jasmine Khorsandi • Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
Teri Christian • Company Manager
Nicolás Bejarano • Development Associate
Yuki Izumihara • Art & Design Consultant
Cynthia Ramirez • Finance
Elijah Cineas • Education & Engagement Coordinator
Amanda Reyes • Marketing Intern
Elisabeth Fortescue • Production Intern
Arturo Fernandez, Jr • Development Intern


Board of Directors

Officers

Robert Braun • President
Allan Dinkoff • Vice President
Mark Taylor • Secretary
Susan Bienkowski • Treasurer

Members

Barbara Boies
Todd Calvin
Peolia Kansas (P.K.) Fonsworth III
Sylvia Hartman
Diana Hobson
Sally Kurnick
Greta Mandell
Raulee Marcus
Karen Molleson
Keith Simmons
Vina Spiehler


Company History

Founded in 1979, the Long Beach Opera is the oldest (and still youngest) operatic producing company in the metropolitan Los Angeles/Orange County region.

Long Beach Opera's success helped provide the stimulus for the subsequent founding of opera companies in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The Long Beach Opera and San Diego Opera, along with these companies, have made Southern California one of the major operatic centers in the United States. With a repertoire of over ninety operas, including early and late Baroque works, twentieth century works, and operas of special interest from the standard repertoire, Long Beach Opera is well known for its world, American and west coast premieres of new and rare operas. Long Beach Opera is a recognized member of the American operatic community, enjoying funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the County of Los Angeles, and the City of Long Beach.

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Education Programs

See what people are saying about LBO's Education Programs:

Several teachers mentioned how much they enjoyed opera and that it was good to be reminded of this fact. Students enjoyed the performance as a whole and several of my students mentioned that they want to go into the arts as adults. We discussed the problem solving methods used by the actors in “The Playground King” and how Elliott students could apply similar methods to solve playground and other types of problems. Several girls and one boy are dancers and singers and this just encouraged them to go on with their dreams.

Bernadette M.T. (William F. Elliott Elementary School)

Awesome! Opera is something that students and teachers rarely encounter, so it was wonderful to be able to bring this medium to them. I also thought the connection to bullying was a great way to ground opera in something that students already know about.

Eveline H. (Willow Elementary School)

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In Memoriam

Vincent Pollmeier

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Vincent Pollmeier

We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our friend, colleague and Long Beach Opera Board Member, Vincent Pollmeier in 2020.

His passing has left an enormous hole in our hearts, but his incredible spirit and deep love of music will remain with us.