January 2020: Proving UP By MIssy Mazzoli

at Pasadena’s Boston Court Theater

Details and tickets TBA

Production History

March 2018: The Man Who Mistook his wife for a hat by Michael Nyman

Presented at Caltech's Dabney Lounge in Dabney Hall of the Humanities

based on the case study by Dr. Oliver Sacks


The opera tracks Oliver Sacks on a journey through one of his most baffling cases. Based on his extraordinary book, this intimate chamber opera invites you into the living room of "Dr. P", a renowned singer experiencing some odd problems with his ability to recognize objects. As Sacks solves a medical mystery, he teaches us about the astonishing power of music and the counterintuitive nature of the brain. Director and neuroscientist Dr. Indre Viskontas introduced the opera, drawing on her personal connection to the late neurologist. 

Creative team

Director - Indre Viskontas, Conductor - Dana Sadava

Set and Costume Design - Indre Viskontas, Lighting Design - Phillip Powers

Projections - Indre Viskontas & Alex Broun

Production Assistant - Alexandria Flynn, Poster Design - James Saturnio


Dr. S - William Grundler, Dr. P - Ian Walker, Mrs. P - Julia Metzler

with chamber orchestra

January 2017: Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart

design by Curtis Bailey

design by Curtis Bailey

Presented at Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theater

Pasadena Opera set Mozart's classic comedy in a time and place of a great cultural shift in America: 1967 San Francisco. Two wealthy sisters suffer an unexpected blow when their fiancées are drafted into the Vietnam War, finding themselves launched into the Summer of Love.

Creative team

Director - Jonathan Lynn, Conductor - Dana Sadava, Associate Director - Indré Viskontas

Designer - Sheiva Khalily, Lighting Designer - Phillip Powers, Costume Designer - Jacqueline Saint Anne

Poster Design - Curtis Bailey


Fiordiligi - Julia Metzler, Dorabella - Michelle Rice, Despina - Karin Mushegain, Ferrando - Jonathan Smucker, Guglielmo - Jonathan Beyer, Don Alfonso - Gregorio Gonzalez...with a chorus and orchestra


January 2016: Susannah by Carlisle Floyd

poster design by Joyce Ann Martin

poster design by Joyce Ann Martin

Presented at Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theater

Set in the American South, Susannah is the timeless tale of a young, beautiful woman oppressed by her small-minded community.  It has been said that Floyd was influenced by the latent anxiety permeating McCarthy’s America in the 1950s while writing of the piece. It seems even more relevant today, when fear of foreigners is growing and women around the world are the victims of unfounded aggression. Stage Director Sara Widzer was drawn to the work “in part because it exposes how a mob mentality can crush something beautiful and sully the innocent. Seemingly innocuous gossip might foster cohesion in a community, but at what expense?” She notes too, that ‘the story is ever more potent as it is housed within the magic of summer in the Appalachians – where beauty resides next to a force so dark and destructive.” Serving the company’s mission to bring accessible, contemporary and relevant opera to Pasadena, Susannah is a compelling work, ripe with Appalachian folk songs and hymns. "Susannah is a great show for opera newbies,” says Artistic Director and conductor Dana Sadava. “It's simple, beautiful storytelling." 

Creative team

Stage Director - Sara Widzer, Music Director - Dana Sadava

Set Design - Catherine Sowa, Lighting Design - Phillip Powers, Costume Design - Jacqueline Saint Anne

Stage Manager - Rick Moreno