Coming soon: 2017-18 season
November, 2017: Glory Denied by Tom Cipullo
March, 2018: The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Michael Nyman / Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies
January, 2017: Così fan tutte by W.A. Mozart
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.
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
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."