USC Thornton Opera stages Berlioz’ “Béatrice et Bénédict”

USC Thornton’s celebrated Opera Program brings a new production of Hector Berlioz’ sparkling comedy, Béatrice et Bénédict, to the Los Angeles stage. In a contemporary twist, the opera, which is based on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and originally set in 16th Century Italy, has been charmingly updated to the setting of a Southern California beach wedding.

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