As the perfect introduction to one of their end-of-year fundraising blasts, Pacific Opera Project shares an article from LA Weekly that we can all be proud of. The local press is taking notice of the exciting things happening in the vocal community across Southern California, and they cite this recent article from the New Yorker‘s Alex Ross as well, proclaiming the area as a happening spot for modern opera. The article mentions POP as well as work by LA Opera, The Industry, and Vireo. As if we needed yet another reason to be happy Angelenos…
Keep up the gorgeous work, everyone. Happy New Year!
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LA Weekly lists POP as one of the reasons “Why the World Started Paying Attention to L.A.’s Modern Opera Scene in 2016”
“L.A.’s opera scene in 2016 was not like Venice’s in the 17th century or even New York’s in the 20th century — what’s happening here right now is not for the monocled, fur-clad elite. Like its best food, L.A.’s best opera is diverse and frequently pops up in unexpected urban locations. And like the city’s most devoted, adventurous eaters, L.A.’s opera fans are not monolithic. They are old and young and white and black and brown. They crave the interesting and the different and aren’t afraid to try new things.
From Captain Kirk belting out Mozart as he battles Klingons in the Hollywood Hills, to a bearded lady’s appearance in a modern telling of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress at Occidental College, Pacific Opera Project’s fresh takes on the classics are consistently affordable, hysterical and ridiculously fun. Pacific Opera Project’s fresh takes on the classics are consistently affordable, hysterical and ridiculously fun. I wrote about what makes this company so special last month, but my favorite POP memory from this year was watching my sister and brother-in-law experience their first live opera…we laughed until we cried.”
–Katherine Womack, LA Weekly
LA River image by Skeely Forman / FreeImages
(After all, we never know where opera will crop up around here!)