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For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 2014

 

Puccini's Parisian Bohemians become Highland Park Hipsters in this creative setting of La bohème, Los Angeles

 

Puccini’s Parisian bohemians return as Highland Park hipsters in a revival of POP’s most popular “POP-Up” production.  Universally beloved, La bohème is a show for opera lovers and newcomers alike. Exceptionally talented singers and actors pour their hearts out at extremely close range. POP-Ups are best described as a party where an opera happens to be going on.

 

 

 

Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - Now concluding its fourth full season, and following the unbelievable success of Tosca: A Moving Production, Pacific Opera Project returns to Highland Park with one of their most innovative productions. On December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm, POP presents another Puccini masterpiece in Highland Park: La bohème (“The Bohemians”), though for this setting the translation could just as well read “The Hipsters.” An 1830s era Parisian garret becomes a present-day Los Angeles loft apartment during a particularly cold SoCal winter. The artist, poet, philosopher, musician, seamstress and actress become a graphic designer, screen-play writer, English major, indie-rocker, fashion designer and, well, actress as the group deals with the timeless issues of life, love, jealousy, and overdue bills. 
 
La bohème was the show that launched the “POP-Up” production phenomenon for Pacific Opera Project back in November of 2012. It also gave rise to the company’s mascot “Hipster Puccini.” POP-Up productions are presented with minimal sets, production costs, and rehearsal time in new or unusual venues across Los Angeles and feature artists of the highest caliber with an emphasis on high entertainment value for a low cost to the public. Most importantly, there is food and wine served, all for under $30 per person. POP-Ups are the ideal way to introduce unfamiliar audiences to opera. Productions rehearse for a very short time — in this case, just a week — and then “pop-up” for a weekend or two. This production features an all-star cast who have appeared with such companies as Los Angeles Opera, Opera San José, Wolf Trap Opera Company, Union Avenue Opera, Tulsa Opera, Opera San Luis Obispo, West Bay Opera, and Opera Santa Barbara.
 
POP is presenting the show at The Highland Park Ebell Club. This historic landmark was built in 1913 and is located in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Highland Park, just off the Arroyo Parkway (110) south of York Blvd. Table seating with light snacks and wine is available (though it is selling out quickly even now), in addition to traditional seating only slightly farther back. Refreshments are also for sale to any ticket holders.  POP-Ups are best described as a party where an opera happens to be going on.
 
The show is designed and directed by Josh Shaw, conducted and accompanied by Stephen Karr. Returning cast members from the original run include Daria Somers (previously Tosca, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, and the Countess with POP) as Mimi, Katherine Giaquinto (previously Fiordiligi and Susanna) as Musetta, E. Scott Levin (seen as Leporello, Judge Turpin, Ko-Ko, Bartolo, and Sacristan) as Schaunard and Robert Norman (Boy 1 in Trouble in Tahiti, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Beadle in Sweeney Todd, and Remendado in Carmen) as Benoit, Alcindoro… and everyone else! Tenor James Callon (Opera San José, West Bay Opera, Tulsa Opera, LA Opera) makes his POP debut as Rodolfo. POP favorite Ryan Thorn (previously Don Giovanni, Sweeney Todd, Figaro, Angelotti, and Giove in La calisto) joins the cast as Marcello, while Keith Colclough (Opera Santa Barbara and Aspen Opera Theater) sings Colline. This cast cannot be missed!
 
Universally beloved,
La bohème is a show for opera lovers and newcomers alike. Exceptionally talented singers and actors pour their hearts out at extremely close range. The audience becomes part of the action in act two as the chairs and tables throughout the entire venue become seating at Café Momus. With the tag line, “Hipsters...Yeah, I invented that sh*t. -G. Puccini,” audiences can expect something different from the standard night at the opera.   
 
Accompanied by piano. Presented in Italian “ironically clever” English supertitles. Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $60 for a table of two, $100 for a table of four. Tables come with a bottle of wine and small “bohemian feast.” All tickets available online at
www.pacificoperaproject.com or by calling 323-739-6122.
 
Through a special arrangement, POP will collaborate to present a semi-staged concert of this production with the Orange County Symphony on December 14 at 6:30 at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts. More details on that performance at
www.ocsymphony.org.

 

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California, Los Angeles, Event Date: December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Puccini's Parisian Bohemians become Highland Park Hipsters in this creative setting of La bohème, Los Angeles

Now concluding its fourth full season, and following the unbelievable success of Tosca: A Moving Production, Pacific Opera Project returns to Highland Park with one of their most innovative productions. On December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 8pm, POP presents another Puccini masterpiece in Highland Park: La bohème (“The Bohemians”), though for this setting the translation could just as well read “The Hipsters.” An 1830s era Parisian garret becomes a present-day Los Angeles loft apartment during a particularly cold SoCal winter. The artist, poet, philosopher, musician, seamstress and actress become a graphic designer, screen-play writer, English major, indie-rocker, fashion designer and, well, actress as the group deals with the timeless issues of life, love, jealousy, and overdue bills. Exceptionally talented singers and actors pour their hearts out at extremely close range. POP-Ups are best described as a party where an opera happens to be going on.  Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $60 for a table of two, $100 for a table of four. Tables come with a bottle of wine and small “bohemian feast.” All tickets available online at www.pacificoperaproject.com or by calling 323-739-6122.

Event Name: La boheme AKA "The Hipsters"

Event Date: December 12, 13, 18, 19, 20

Event Location: The Ebell Club of Highland Park 131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles CA

Admission: Table for 4 $100, Table for 2 $60, General Admission $20

Web: www.pacificoperaproject.com, Phone: 323-739-6122

 

 


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