Love songs, Sweet nothings and food for thought

A Valentine Celebration of Pasadena Opera

In advance of the upcoming production of The Man who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Neuroscientist and Pasadena Opera's Creative Director Indre Viskontas will unpack the neurochemistry of pleasure while singers from the opera company prove her point with passionate love songs. Coffee drinks included!

Saturday February 10th, 2018


Jones Coffee Roasters

693 S Raymond Ave

Pasadena, CA, 91105

Tickets are available here in advance for $40 per person or 2 for $75 and $50 per person at the door.


Coming soon: 2017-18 season

March 9-11th, 2018: The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Michael Nyman / Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies


past productions

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

design by Curtis Bailey

design by Curtis Bailey

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


2015/2016 Season

poster design by Joyce Ann Martin

poster design by Joyce Ann Martin


by Carlisle Floyd 

January 15th and 16th, 2016, A Noise Within Theatre, Pasadena, CA

Stage Director: Sara Widzer, Music Director: Dana Sadava, Costumes: Jacqueline Saint Anne, Set Design: Catherine Sowa, Light Design: Phillip Powers, Stage Manager: Rick Moreno

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."