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2 Star Starred
Porticoes Theatre
at St. James United Methodist Church 2033 E Washington Blvd Pasadena, CA 91104
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 11 members
Review from kari dyas
Red Velvet 27 events 1 review

This is a great young company with so much talent. We've been able to introduce our kids (12 and 10) to opera through these reasonably priced performances, without sacrificing quality. The orchestra and singers are fantastic. We look forward to...continued

reviewed May 20 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from popom
72 events 25 reviews

Great production from a new company! Set design was better than expected; small orchestra was boosted by extremely passionate and committed conductor/harpsichordist; singers were all solid and charismatic. A big win.

reviewed May 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Kristin
52 events 13 reviews

This was a staging of Mozart's 1790 opera, though this performance was set during the civil war. We were pleasantly surprised, given the very low ticket prices. It was very entertaining, and the performers did well. Apparently, the goal of this...continued

reviewed May 19 2012 report as inappropriate
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“This production is fun, light, and wonderful all the way through.  The performers are all pitch perfect, and their comedic skills are tops.  By tweaking the translations just a bit, it is amazing how well the Mozart piece embeds itself into the Civil War southern culture.” _LA Splash_
" Shaw’s hilarious interpretation, coupled with his cast’s evident talent for comedy, makes Cosi Fan Tutte a laugh-out-loud show that is as cathartic as it is entertaining. Add to that Mozart’s lyrical melodies and the cast’s skilled operatic voices and you have a recipe for phenomenal success." —" ":


Pacific Opera Project (POP) sheds the limelight on Così fan tutte: 18th-century Naples collides with Tara at the start of the Civil War, for this cinematically-inspired theatrical update. Imagine Scarlett O’Hara singing “Come scoglio”, loosely translated as “Great balls of fire. Don’t bother me anymore and don’t call me sugar.” Fiordiligi and her sister Dorabella yearn for the unavailable Ashley Wilkses of the world while rejecting the available suitors who line the streets of their town. With aloof and haughty attitude, they swear to be true to their lovers, the Confederate soldiers Gulgielmo and Ferrando, even as General Lee calls them up, offering no guarantee of their return. But with two hours of shameless flirtation underway, the ladies’ steadfast fidelity falls by the wayside as the two sisters fall for each other’s fiancés in disguise — as Yankees!

Alfonso, a confirmed bachelor and cynic (and friend to the two young men) has fun at the ladies’ expense, ably assisted by their own maid who is looking to line her pockets, and thinks her mistresses are sorry excuses for women anyway. In the end, the drama is revealed, and the lovers begin the hard work of reconstruction. “Women are like that”, the opera’s title is often rendered — as with most Italian expressions, something is lost in translation. These ladies are lovable for their foibles, and their enraged fiancés may yet find a place in their hearts for the poor dears. Come and see how it shakes out!

Blue and Grey casts will perform on alternating nights. Daria Somers (previously seen as Elvira in POP’s 2011 acclaimed Don Giovanni; also Los Angeles Opera Outreach and Montana Lyric Opera) and Katharine Giaquinto (Wolf Trap Opera and Los Angeles Opera Outreach) share the role of Fiordiligi; her sister Dorabella is sung by Elizabeth Rigby Jones (Second City Training Center) and Kristen Choi (West Bay Opera, YMF Debut Orchestra). Jessica Mamey (from POP’s Trouble in Tahiti last summer and this spring) and Hallie Silverston (Indianapolis Opera, Utah Festival Opera) both sing the role of the maid, Despina. Her partner in crime, Don Alfonso is sung by POP veteran Luvi Avendano (Opera in the Ozarks) and LA notable Eric Castro (Nevada Opera Theatre, Redlands Bowl Orchestra). The sisters’ lovers are sung by Kyle Patterson and Perry Davis Harper (Opera in the Ozarks) as Ferrando; and Michael Blinco (San Diego Opera) and Jeffrey Goble (Opera Theater St. Louis, Music Academy of the West) as Guglielmo. Several of these artists make their West Coast debuts in this production, along with the best in Southern California’s homegrown talent.

Mozart and da Ponte’s third and final collaboration, Così fan tutte, is a delightful comedy in two acts. Run time is under three hours with intermission. Content is appropriate for all ages.

Accompanied by chamber orchestra and harpsichord continuo, the opera is sung in the original Italian with projected English supertitles.

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