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Event Date: March 6 and 7, 2015

 

Abduction: Pacific Opera Project puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, North Hollywood, CA

 

The plot of Abduction is simple:  two women have been captured and placed in a harem.  Their suitors arrive on the scene and attempt to free them from their captors.  The new libretto is heavy on laughs and is sure to quote nearly every catch phrase and iconic line from the much-loved sci-fi series.

 

 

 

North Hollywood, California, January 22, 2015 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - To open their fifth season, Pacific Opera Project puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, by setting it in space... the final frontier.  Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through Abduction with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw.
 
One of Mozart’s most impressive scores, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, is filled with vocal fireworks featuring some of the most thrilling arias and ensembles in all of opera. POP transplants the action from an 18th-Century harem in Turkey to “Stardate 14-20.27 on the hereto unexplored planet M113”.  The plot of Abduction is simple:  two women have been captured and placed in a harem.  Their suitors arrive on the scene and attempt to free them from their captors.  The new libretto is heavy on laughs and is sure to quote nearly every catch phrase and iconic line from the much-loved sci-fi series.  
 
At the 350 seat El Portal Theatre, the company continues its mission of providing affordable, accessible, and entertaining opera in intimate venues across Los Angeles.  With an orchestra pit, fly space, and the gorgeous decor of the El Portal, long-time POP fans will be pleasantly surprised by assigned seating and the relative luxury of the theater.   Despite the increase in production value and comforts, ticket prices remain affordable, starting at only $15.    
 
As has become their custom, POP has assembled an all-star cast for this, their biggest production to date.  Brian Cheney, who garnered unbelievable praise as Cavaradossi last season, will return as the Captain James T. Belmonte.  Mr. Cheney is a protégé of the late American tenor, Jerry Hadley, and has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Knoxville Opera, Opera Naples, and Salt Marsh Opera.  Robert Norman sings the Spock-like Mr. Pedrillo.  Norman is a regular at POP having sung many roles.  He is an in demand character tenor, having recently sung at Opera San Luis Obispo, Opera Santa Barbara, Union Avenue Opera, and Opera San José.  Shawnette Sulker makes her POP debut at Ltn. Constanza.  Ms. Sulker is a regular performer across California having recently sung at San Francisco Opera, Festival Opera, Townsend Opera, Livermoor Valley Opera, and West Bay Opera.  Claire Averill returns -- in a green bodysuit no less -- as Blondie the Orion Slave Girl.  She was last seen at POP as the title character in La Calisto.  POP regular Phil Meyer sings one of the most demanding bass roles in all of opera, the evil Klingon Osmin.  For POP, Mr. Meyer has previously sung Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Pooh-bah in The Mikado, Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the title role in Sweeny Todd.  Gregg Lawrence, an experienced stage actor, will portray Chancellor Selim, a speaking role.  A chorus of 30 dancing slave girls and singing Klingons round out the cast.  Resident designers Maggie Green and Ryan Shull will create the costumes and lighting, respectively.
 
Trekkie or opera officiando -- nerds of all varieties are sure to love this wacky production.  No substantial knowledge of either genre is needed to enjoy this show, but those who share a passion for the endearing series or a love for the enduring art form will be doubly thrilled.  Sung in English, with a lively score, plenty of vocal fireworks, and tongue in cheek comedy that anyone can appreciate, this is a perfect opera for first timers.   The opera will run just over two hours with an intermission.
 
Performances are March 6 and 7 at 8pm and March 8 at 3pm at the El Portal Theatre located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA.  Limited free parking is available at Lankershim Elementary School.  Secure parking is available for $4 at The Art Institue of CA nearby. 

 

Tickets range from $15-50 and are selling very quickly.  A special opening night gala ticket is available for March 6 which includes unlimited drinks (wine, beer, or soft drinks), snacks, and a champagne reception with the cast after the performance.  These special tickets are priced at $100, and will support the expanded Pacific Opera Project orchestra.
 
Tickets are sold through the El Portal Box office.  818-508-4200 or
www.pacificoperaproject.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California, North Hollywood, Event Date: March 6 and 7, 2015

Abduction: Pacific Opera Project puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, North Hollywood, CA

To open their fifth season, Pacific Opera Project puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, by setting it in space... the final frontier.  Klingons, slave girls, and all your favorite characters from the original Star Trek series sing and dance their way through Abduction with a 27-piece orchestra and a new English libretto by artistic director Josh Shaw. One of Mozart’s most impressive scores, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, is filled with vocal fireworks featuring some of the most thrilling arias and ensembles in all of opera. POP transplants the action from an 18th-Century harem in Turkey to “Stardate 14-20.27 on the hereto unexplored planet M113”.  The plot of Abduction is simple:  two women have been captured and placed in a harem.  Their suitors arrive on the scene and attempt to free them from their captors.  The new libretto is heavy on laughs and is sure to quote nearly every catch phrase and iconic line from the much-loved sci-fi series. Performances are March 6 and 7 at 8pm and March 8 at 3pm at the El Portal Theatre located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA.  Limited free parking is available at Lankershim Elementary School.  Secure parking is available for $4 at The Art Institue of CA nearby. Tickets range from $15-50 and are selling very quickly.  A special opening night gala ticket is available for March 6 which includes unlimited drinks (wine, beer, or soft drinks), snacks, and a champagne reception with the cast after the performance.  These special tickets are priced at $100, and will support the expanded Pacific Opera Project orchestra. Tickets are sold through the El Portal Box office.  818-508-4200 or www.pacificoperaproject.com

 


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