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Long Beach Opera puts its own spin on 'Thérèse Raquin'
Long Beach Opera puts its own spin on 'Thérèse Raquin'

Tobias Picker, whose "Thérèse Raquin" was revived by Long Beach Opera on Saturday night at the Warner Grand Theatre in San Pedro, is a New Yorker with a melodramatic style that seems to suit California. He is the only composer to have been commissioned by the state's three leading opera companies. Los Angeles Opera started the trend in 1998 with Picker's cantankerous children's opera, "Fantastic Mr. Fox." In 2003, San Diego Opera gave the West Coast premiere of "Thérèse Raquin," which the company co-commissioned. A decade later, San Francisco Opera unveiled Picker's moody "Dolores Claiborne," the...

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