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Experience opera beneath the sea as cutting-edge theater meets science when Long Beach Opera stages the United States premiere of Gavin Bryars’ The Paper Nautilus at the Aquarium. Surrounded by the ocean’s inhabitants at the water’s edge, this “haunting music of the deep dark sea” is a magical voyage through the watery depths.

Prose and poetry from great thinkers throughout the ages celebrate the beauty and power of the sea. Bryars’ minimalistic score for six percussionists, two pianos, and singers is full of exotic sounds, reflecting the magic of the surrounding ocean life. The opera is based on ocean-themed writings of Lebanese-American writer Etel Adnan, Jackie Kay, Marie Curie, and Pope Leo XIII, and passages from the Bible. The performance will examine the beauty, magic, and mystery of the ocean.

Gavin Bryars is a British experimental music composer who worked with John Cage in the 1960s and was instrumental in founding the Portsmouth Sinfonia. He has composed three operas, as well as chamber music and choral works. He has collaborated with artists including Merce Cunningham and Tom Waits.

This ocean-themed production is part of Long Beach Opera’s “Outer Limits” series that features musical outliers that defy classification and includes a broad spectrum of music styles, theatrical innovation, and experimental storytelling. The Long Beach Opera’s artistic vision is to present unconventional works, ranging from the very beginnings of opera to modern, avant-garde, emphasizing their theatrical and musical relevance to our time.

Pre-performance talk begins at 7:00 p.m. followed by the performance at 8:00 p.m.

Gavin Bryars
Gavin Bryars | Zaleski Enterprises

Long Beach Opera, “The Paper Nautilus” by Gavin Bryars
Long Beach Opera
Archived Event Information

Friday, Sep 7, 2012 | 8:00 PM–9:00 PM

Saturday, Sep 8, 2012 | 8:00 PM–9:00 PM

Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 | 8:00 PM–9:00 PM

Pre-performance talk begins at 7:00 p.m.
Cost $110/section A, $79/section B, $39/section C
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