The Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 E. Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA
Pacific Opera Project’s The Marriage of Figaro:
Say Hello to Our Little Friend...Figaro! POP Follows the Mischievous Barber into the 1980’s Miami Abode of Mercurial Drug Kingpin, Count Almaviva.
Now entering its second full season, Pacific Opera Project has demonstrated a commitment to producing high-quality theatrical entertainment with low price tags. Bringing opera to enthusiastic audiences, including first-time opera-goers, for an affordable price is a central aim for this energetic new enterprise. POP has found itself at home both with cross-over works (such as the sold-out Sweeney Todd presented last fall) and conventional operas such as Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Puccini’s La bohéme. But there is nothing conventional about the way POP does opera. Whether presenting with an orchestra in a theater setting or with a piano in a supper-club setting, co-directors Josh Shaw, Artistic Director, and Stephen Karr, Music Director, don’t settle for anything less than excellence in entertainment from curtain to closing. In short, don’t expect to be bored at a POP production and do expect to be blown away by the talent.
Having started off the 2013 season with a March production of The Barber of Seville, POP will continue the Figaro story with a spirited and seductive production of The Marriage of Figaro set in 1980’s Miami, at the home of drug lord, Count Almaviva. Expect all the farce and absurdity of a Mozart comedy with an extra heavy dose of bravado. The production will feature two outstanding casts of singers who have appeared with such companies as San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Opera Geneva, Michigan Opera Theater, Miami Opera and The Paris Opera. The casts include LeRoy Villaneuva (Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Winner) & Ryan Thorn (previously POP’s Sweeney Todd and Don Giovanni) as Figaro, Katherine Giaquinto & Sara Duchovnay as Susanna, Daniel Scofield & Luvi Avendano as Count Almaviva, Megan Vail & Bridgette Gan as the Countess, Elizabeth Rigby Jones & Julia Aks as Cherubino, E. Scott Levin as Bartolo, Julia Metzler & Stephanie Sadownick as Marcellina, Steven Vail & Jon Lee Keenan as Basilio/Curzio, Tim Campbell as Antonio and Ariel Downs & Emma Grace Dunbar as Barbarina.
The Marriage of Figaro will be designed and directed by Josh Shaw with music directed by Stephen Karr. The opera will be presented with orchestral ensemble, and conducted by Stephen Karr from the continuo harpsichord. The opera will be sung in Italian with projected English supertitles.
Synopsis: Mozart's characters from 17th century Spain are transported to a villa outside Miami owned by Cuban immigrant-turned-drug lord, Almaviva, circa 1980. Almaviva's right hand man, Figaro, learns from his fiancé, Susanna, that their philandering boss has his eyes set on her. At this news, Figaro vows to outwit his captain, Count Almaviva. This is no small task, considering Almaviva’s reputation for jealousy and suspicion. Numerous other villa occupants and neighbors join in with the thickening plot and hilarity, including a meddling Marcellina who claims Figaro in marriage to pay a debt, a hormone-driven teenager, Cherubino, who lusts after all the girls (and Almaviva’s wife in particular), the enticing young Barbarina, an object of affection for both Almaviva and Cherubino, and a slew of visitors including Bartolo and Basilio, who seem to live for trouble. Jealousy and tempers run high as each character attempts to outsmart the other in pursuit of love, revenge, guilty pleasure or all of the above. An animated jaunt of plots, schemes, disguises and intrigue culminate to punish the pompous and overbearing Almaviva, who finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he is forced to learn humility as the story concludes.
Tickets are $20 for Students and Seniors (65 and over) and $30 for General Admission. They are available online at www.pacificoperaproject.com or by calling 323-739-6122.
Who: Pacific Opera Project, Los Angeles’ most accessible opera company, committed to fully professional productions of worthy masterpieces and daring new works of opera and musical theater produced with artists of the highest caliber in diverse venues.
What: The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart.
When/Where: Porticos Art Space - 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, 91104
Friday, April 12 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 13 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 14 – 4:00 pm
Onsite parking lot.
Miles Memorial Playhouse - 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, 90403
Friday, April 19 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 20 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 21 – 4:00 pm
See website for parking information.