Founded in 2001 as part of Long Beach Opera's Coincidences Festival, Downtown Opera is a company devoted to presenting new, alternative chamber operas by living composers. It is called Downtown Opera because it takes place downtown, and also because in these days of inner city decay and rebirth, the word downtown has taken on deeper meanings.

The concept behind Downtown Opera is that it be a forum for new operas - of works that have not been sanitized for classical pop audiences, by composers who are interested in both entertaining and creating work of our time.

For more information about Downtown Opera, or to submit project ideas for possible production, please write


2002 Productions

In 2002, Downtown Opera presented three newly created chamber operas by Ivo Medek, Miroslav Pudlak, and Martin Herman as part of a Czech-American Experimental Opera Project, sponsored in part by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York City.

Read about the operas here.


2001 Productions

In 2001, Downtown Opera premiered two new operas by Martin Herman and William Houston at the Edison Theatre in downtown Long Beach.

Read about the operas here.