Here’s what happens when Long Beach Opera collides with Culture Clash

This adaptation, which premiered in Chicago last year, will be sung in English with music conducted by Martin Haselböck; the music director of Long Beach’s Musica Angelica. It will be performed by Musica Angelica and will consist of the original score composed by Purcell in 1692.“You get the original sound, how it sounded back then, but in a completely new setting; a nightclub in Las Vegas where the dances from 1692 become dances in a nightclub,” Mitisek said. Mitisek describes the music as “sparkly” and rhythmically driven.
“I wanted it to be a reflection of our society on stage and to play with the new way that people see relationships and sexuality.”During the past three decades Culture Clash has earned critical acclaim for staging smart and comical social satires as well as sharp political plays. “I wanted to take it outside the regular context of opera,” Mitisek said. But this is the first opera for the troupe, which is made up of founding members Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza.“One of the reasons (LBO) wanted to do this and why we got excited was getting a diverse cast,” Salinas said. “Once we got that, man, we started cooking.”

With a story set in a Las Vegas nightclub about a couple with wondering eyes and a love potion that drives people mad with lust and blurs the lines of sexuality, this is not your typical opera, even for a typically daring company.The Long Beach Opera is once again going off script when it comes to putting on a show and teaming up with the Los Angeles-based theater troupe Culture Clash for “The Fairy Queen,” an original adaptation of Henry Purcell’s own re-telling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“I wanted it in a nightclub because it’s my modern version of the woods where people like the lovers in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ go and all these strange things happen,” said Andreas Mitisek, LBO’s artistic and general director, who collaborated with Culture Clash for the new adaptation. The company, well known for putting on innovative operas often in unusual settings, will perform this show on a traditional stage at the Beverly O’Neill Theater Jan. But it all happens with a multicultural cast telling a centuries-old story set in the nontraditional location thought up by Mitisek and members of Culture Clash. 22 as well as Jan 28.