Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: November 12 to 19, 2015

 

Pacific Opera Project presents Donizetti's rarely heard Viva la mamma!, Los Angeles, CA

 

The narrative runs parallel to POPís own experiences as it focuses on a regional opera troupe trying to produce a new opera despite many unexpected obstacles. The prima donna refuses to rehearse and the lead tenor canít remember his music.

 

Los Angeles, California, October 23, 2015 - Pacific Opera Project continues its successful run of presenting fun and exciting operas with a modern twist with Gaetano Donizettiís two-act farce Viva la mamma!  This will be the seventh POP-Up production at the Ebell Club of Highland Park, offering table seating with food and wine in a party-like atmosphere for a moderate price. Viva la mamma! will be performed with a small orchestra and projected English supertitles. Performances re November 12 to 19, 2015 at the Ebell Club of Highland Park, 131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

 

Admission: Table for 2 $65, Table for 4 $120, General Admission $20.
 
The narrative runs parallel to POPís own experiences as it focuses on a regional opera troupe trying to produce a new opera despite many unexpected obstacles. The prima donna refuses to rehearse and the lead tenor canít remember his music. After many arguments, tantrums, and shouting matches several singers threaten to walk out. The chaos increases when the seconda donnaís mother, Mamma Agatha (a baritone role), arrives on the scene and demands a solo for her daughter, who is less than qualified. When the lead tenor refuses to go on he is replaced by the prima donna's husband.  Despite the best efforts of the composer, librettist, and impresario, the show eventually collapses. Facing certain financial ruin and an artistic failure, the entire company decides to skip town under cover of darkness before opening night. As one of the characters says just before the end, ďItís not an original idea, but a good one nonetheless.  Run!Ē
 
The score is filled with wonderful music, unmistakably Donizettian, including multiple full-cast ensembles and showpiece arias for nearly every character.  POP will use a patchwork version of the opera with material from the original one-act version and from subsequent revisions by Donizetti.   The opera will be presented with recitative, not spoken dialogue, and will be sung in Italian with supertitles loosely translated by Josh Shaw, in typical POP fashion.  The opera will be accompanied by a small orchestra and harpsichord arranged and conducted by Stephen Karr. Originally set in 1780s Italy, the production will be updated to a Los Angeles before smart phones and internet searches, a time when letters were still handwritten and delivered...the 1980s.  Think of this fictional company as the LA Opera that didnít make it.
 
Viva la mamma!, also known as Le convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali (Conventions and Inconveniences of the Stage), was written by Gaetano Donizetti in the early 1800ís. The librettist Domenico Gilardoni adapted the narrative from two plays by Antonio Simone Sografi, Le convenienze teatrali (1794) and Le inconvenienze teatrali (1800).  Viva la mamma! premiered as a one-act at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples on November 21, 1827. Donizetti added new material and made revisions and it opened as a two-act piece at the Teatro alla Cannobiana in Milan on April 20, 1831.  ďConvenienzeĒ refers to Italian opera rules established in the 19th century regarding the ranking of singers based on talent (primo, secondo, comprimario) and the amount of stage time they should expect to receive.
 
POPís mission is to provide energetic, high-quality, accessible performances of a broad variety of operatic repertoire at various venues throughout Southern California. Co-founders Josh Shaw (stage direction and production design) and Stephen Karr (music director and conductor) team up for the companyís eighteenth production since its inception in the summer of 2011. Veteran costumer Maggie Green will design her thirteenth POP production.


This production features many of POPís favorite artists from the past few seasons. Katherine Giaquinto (previously Musetta, Fiordiligi, Susanna) sings the prima donna, Daria Garbinati. Scott Levine (previously Schaunard, Ko-ko, Leporello) sings the disgruntled conductor Biscroma Strappaviscere. Ryan Thorn (whose last performance as a baritone in a dress was as Giove in POPís La calisto), stars as the nominal Mamma Agatha. Amy Lawrence (previously Frasquita) plays his daughter, the seconda donna, Luiga Castragati.  Phil Meyer (Sweeney Todd, Pooh-bah, Pistola) plays the Impresario of the opera troupe and Kyle Patterson (Bardolfo, Ferrando, Nanki-poo) sings the leading Tenor as well as the Inspector. Matthew Ian Welch (The Mikado) returns as Cesare Salzapariglia, the librettist. Carl King (Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera) makes his POP debut as the divaís doting husband Procolo. Yilin Hsu Wendtlandt sings Pippetto.

 

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 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Kaitrin Kinnare

Email: kaitrin@pacificoperaproject.com

Phone: (203) 623-1789

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Pacific Opera Project

6216 Annan Way, Los Angeles, California, 90042

Web: www.pacificoperaproject.com

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Viva la mamma! by G. Donizetti

Event Date: November 12 to 19

Event Location: Ebell Club Of Highland Park, 131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Admission: Table For 2 $65, Table For 4 $120, General Admission $20

Web: www.pacificoperaproject.com/#!blank/cczs

Contact: Kaitrin Kinnare, kaitrin@pacificoperaproject.com, (203) 623-1789

Description: Pacific Opera Project continues its successful run of presenting fun and exciting operas with a modern twist with Gaetano Donizettiís two-act farce Viva la mamma!  This will be the seventh POP-Up production at the Ebell Club of Highland Park, offering table seating with food and wine in a party-like atmosphere for a moderate price. Viva la mamma! will be performed with a small orchestra and projected English supertitles. Performances re November 12 to 19, 2015 at the Ebell Club of Highland Park, 131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles, CA 90042.

 


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