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Abduction from the Seraglio

Abduction from the SeraglioPacific Opera Project boldly goes where no opera company has gone before in a Star Trek-themed production of Abduction from the Seraglio:
POP puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper 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.


Pacific Opera Project boldly goes where no opera company has gone before in a Star Trek-themed production of Abduction from the Seraglio:
POP puts their zany spin on Mozart’s kidnapping caper 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.

To open its fifth season, Pacific Opera Project will capitalize on what they do best:  comedy.  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.  A new English libretto, written by artistic director Josh Shaw, takes the action from an 18th century harem in Turkey and places it “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.  Stephen Karr, POP’s music director and co-founder, will conduct a 27-piece orchestra, POP’s largest to date.

POP takes another huge step towards becoming a leading regional opera company by presenting Abduction at the beautiful and historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.   At 350 seats, the company continues its mission of providing affordable, accessible, and ENTERTAINING opera in intimate venues across Los Angeles.  (This will be POP’s first venture into the Valley having previously performed in Pasadena, Santa Monica, Highland Park, and downtown 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.

Both Mr. Cheney and Mr. Norman revive their roles from the original workshop of this production, conceived and realized by Josh Shaw at the Southern Illinois Music Festival in June of 2014.  

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  91601.  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

Who: Pacific Opera Project: Los Angeles’s most accessible opera company committed to 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: Abduction from the Seraglio by W.A. Mozart

When: March 6 and 7 at 8pm, March 8 at 3pm

Where: the El Portal Theatre located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA  91601

Pacific Opera Project is dedicated to presenting energetic, high-quality, accessible performances of a broad variety of operatic repertoire to benefiting the larger artistic community of Southern California by providing a fully professional environment for our artists and to cultivating and enriching a wide audience in venues both conventional and unconventional throughout the region with innovative performances that enliven and preserve the art form.
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For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our website at http://www.pacificoperaproject.com, contact info@pacificoperaproject.com or call the Pacific Opera Project hotline at 323-739-6122.


Presenter / Producer: Pacific Opera Project

Listed Categories
Music > Opera


Event Phone: 323-739-6122

Venue
El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood CA 91601

Regions:
North Hollywood / Burbank / Glendale


Performance Dates: 3/6/2015 - 3/8/2015
Friday, 03/06/2015
Saturday, 03/07/2015
Sunday, 03/08/2015

Performance Times
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 3pm

Ticket Information:
Tickets $15-50

Opening night Gala Ticket for $100.  Includes unlimited drinks and a reception with the cast after the show.  These special tickets help cover the cost of our expanded orchestra.

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