A peek into the world of opera, La Bohème and the Opera Buffs

The Los Angeles Opera Buffs have impressed us again, this time with a stunning concert performance of Puccini’s La Bohème. At Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Downtown Los Angeles, almost every seat was taken in the audience and onstage. While “the Buffs” have been hosting showcases and scenes for more than twenty years, … Read more

Pacific Opera Project takes ‘Ariadne’ outside the Naxos

Imagine Los Angeles in 1913: before World War I, before Hollywood, before downtown was really a thing.  Pacific Opera Project has done it again, building something unique from the familiar, and giving Richard Strauss’ beloved opera-about-opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, a nostalgic turn in modernity by looking back to the show’s own time period… in California.  Sung … Read more

POP brings us the hippest Bohemians in town

By Bryan Dahl, Guest Reviewer Why do hipsters always burn their mouths when they eat?  Because they have to chew their food before it’s cool…right? Before you go see Pacific Opera Project‘s (POP) production of La bohème, forget what you think you know about both hipsters and opera. Picture an intimate crowd of about two … Read more

Happy excursion with COPOLA

Chamber Opera Players of Los Angeles (COPOLA) brought a polished pair of comedic one-act operas to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Parish Hall in Glendale, CA, on Friday, May 23rd and Saturday, May 24th, 2014. Sunday Excursion was the hors d’oeuvres of the evening.  Written by Alec Wilder in 1953, it is set in the early … Read more

Dual review: Cavalli’s ‘La Calisto’ gets local premiere with POP

Review by Coril Prochnow: As a revival of Cavalli’s La Calisto is being seen in Europe and the United States, Pacific Opera Project launched their own version of the complex and bawdy comedy in Highland Park during the merry month of May, executing what is quite possibly a premiere of the work in Southern California. The entertainment started as soon … Read more

The Barber of Seville POPs-Up in Highland Park

On the scene in LA for about two years, Pacific Opera Project (POP) has already established their identity as a company that produces FUN!  Whether they put on a fully staged opera with orchestra and elaborate sets, or a “POP-Up” opera – still fully staged, but with simpler sets and using a piano instead of … Read more

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