‘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.

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.