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'Difficulty of Crossing a Field' is back

'Difficulty of Crossing a Field' is back
Long Beach Opera's 2011 production of David Lang's "Difficulty of Crossing a Field." (Kirk McKoy)

Long Beach Opera's most memorable production of the past three years was David Lang's "The Difficulty of Crossing a Field." It is about little more than a plantation owner in 1854 walking across a field and vanishing into thin air.

The opera, small in scale and meant for a small audience, also had the quality of suddenly gone, never to be reclaimed.

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But the company is now bringing it back to Terrace Theater with essentially the same cast to conclude its season. There won't be room for many — the opera plays in the seating area, the audience sits on the stage. But if the magic of the 2011 performance is re-created, those few are not likely to forget it.

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