The Romance of the Rose

Long Beach Opera
The Romance of the Rose

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An opera in two acts and two epilogues

FEBRUARY 18, 19, & 25

Warner Grand Theatre, San Pedro

Libretto and Music by Kate Soper

Conducted by Christopher Rountree

Directed by James Darrah

The singular compositional voice of Kate Soper returns to LBO after Voices from the Killing Jar (2021) in a thrilling new world premiere production that blends an oft-neglected sense of comedy in opera with a genre-smashing adventure story of fantastical proportions. Soper herself sets the piece’s namesake 13th-century poem as a boundary-breaking, evening-length work that defies all categorization. In a thrilling opus that examines one Dreamer’s quest for a literal rose, The God of Love, Shame, Lady Reason, and their cadre of followers lull the audience into a dreamlike world that deftly highlights the profound juxtaposition of beauty and absurdity in our own human folly.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Soper fills her newest opera with music that defies tradition and will envelop the theater in new ways with a blend of modernistic shrieks and wails, madrigalistic finery, auto-tuned didacticism, and lush Romanticism. The world premiere production, directed by James Darrah, will inhabit multiple spaces within the historic art deco Warner Grand Theater. Darrah, who is known for creating successful world premiere productions for composers including Ellen Reid, Missy Mazzoli and John Corigliano, will be joined by conductor and LBO Music Director Christopher Rountree in guiding the orchestra outside of the normal pit and onstage into the show itself. THE ROMANCE OF THE ROSE freely beguiles, charms, and terrifies with no moral allegiances or moral compass and promises to lead audiences thrillingly astray.


As of December 16, 2022: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative test result within 72 hours of your show is required. The Covid-19 rules are designated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Contact the Warner Grand Theatre at 310-548-2493 or the organizer of the event to check the rules before attending.