Friday April 13 at 8:00
Saturday April 14 at 7:30
Friday April 20 at 8:00
Saturday April 21 at 7:30
Sunday April 22 at 2:00
2341 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles 90021
POP has rented multiple lots in immediate
proximity of the venue to make parking
a breeze. More details to come, but rest
assured, parking doesn't get much easier
than this in Los Angeles.
Sung in Italian with projected English titles.
Performed with orchestra.
Table seating available.
Directed and Designed by Josh Shaw
Music Directed by Ryan Murray
The orchestra for Don Giovanni is generously underwritten by the Maurer Family Foundation.
E. Scott Levin
Ryan Murray (Music Director) - The current winner of The American Prize in Opera Conducting, Ryan Murray's dynamic conducting, natural musicality and deeply held passion for the arts have allowed him to steadily build a robust career since his professional debut at the age of just 22. Ryan is the Associate Conductor for the Modesto Symphony and Music Director for the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra; with whom he made his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall in 2014. He is also Artistic Director of Townsend Opera and Resident Conductor of the Music in the Mountains Summer Festival in Nevada County, California. Ryan previously served as Music Director for Fresno Grand Opera, and as staff conductor for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute (BASOTI) and The Opera Academy of California in San Francisco.
Ryan is also a past winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s prestigious Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors, and spent a summer in residence alongside the Vienna Philharmonic. He was a 2016 semi-finalist for the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music for his production of Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking.
Ryan recently attended the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's Conductors Workshop, and was one of just eight conductors worldwide to be invited to the Musiikin Aika Summer Festival in Finland. Ryan previously attended The Aurora Chamber Festival in Sweden, the Lucerne Festival Academy’s Conducting Masterclass in Switzerland, and the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Conducting Institute. Ryan holds degrees, summa cum laude, in Bassoon Performance and Voice Performance from California State University, Sacramento.
Adrian Rosas (Don Giovanni) - Hailed by the New York Times as “ a stalwart bass-baritone with a burnished voice” and by Opera News as a “mellifluous bass-baritone [with] theatrical flair”, Adrian Rosas is an emerging young artist with “impressive experience and talent” (The Boston Globe). Rosas has performed with opera companies such as the Seattle Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Houston’s Opera in the Heights, and Michigan Opera Theatre. As a champion of new and modern music, he has had the opportunity to work on a variety of newly written works, including Peter Ash’s The Golden Ticket, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida, Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces, Matt Aucoin’s Whitman, newly written operas with the American Lyric Theater in New York, and with the Ostrava Center for New Music in the Czech Republic. Equally versed in concert and oratorio work, he has performed at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall), Merkin Concert Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Adrian most recently made his debut with Michigan Opera Theatre, with roles in Frida and The Merry Widow. With Opera In The Heights, he sang the title role in Don Giovanni, and reprised the role with First Coast Opera. He made his Opera Theatre of St. Louis debut in the role of The Captain in Eugene Onegin, as well as understudying the roles of Willy Wonka, in the world premiere of The Golden Ticket, and the title role in Don Giovanni. Adrian made his Seattle Opera debut as the Sergeant in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and as part of Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program performed the roles of Procolo in Viva la Mamma, as well as Masetto and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni. Adrian maintains an active concert career, having made his Carnegie Hall/Stern Auditorium debut as the Angel Gabriel in the premiere of Oh My Son, an opera by Spanish composer Marcos Galvany, numerous performances with the acclaimed New York Festival Of Song, and as a soloist for oratorio works throughout the country. Mr. Rosas holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.
E. Scott Levin (Leporello) - described as having a “smooth, buttery voice,” “incredibly sharp timing,” and “a gifted comic actor,” has been making audiences laugh for the past fifteen years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis and Graduate Certificate in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Since moving to Los Angeles, Scott has regularly performed with Pacific Opera Project as Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Schaunard in La bohème, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Sacristan in Tosca, and KoKo in The Mikado among others. In addition, Scott has performed with Long Beach Opera, Townsend Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, Celestial Opera, Center Stage Opera, Redlands Opera Theater, and Orange County Opera. He recently made debuts at Opera Santa Barbara as the Badger/Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen and Los Angeles Opera “Off-Grand” as Babayan (Bartolo) in Figaro 90210!. In 2015, Scott made his LAO mainstage debut as Dr. Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, starring Placido Domingo and under the direction of Woody Allen.
Daria Somers (Donna Elvira) - is delighted to return to POP after her acclaimed turn as Mimì in La bohème, AKA The Hipsters. In recent seasons, she has portrayed the title role in Madama Butterfly at the Redlands Bowl, Micaëla in Carmen on a North American tour with New York City Opera, and Nedda in Pagliacci in the Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series. Previous roles with Pacific Opera Project include the title role in Tosca, Giunone in La Calisto, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. She has also performed the roles of Violetta, Micaëla, Cio-Cio San, Contessa, Gilda, and Suor Angelica, among others, with companies such as Heartland Opera Theatre, High Desert Opera, Southern Illinois Music Festival, Nevada Opera Theatre, Center Stage Opera, and Montana Lyric Opera, as well as numerous outreach engagements with LA Opera and New York City Opera. Ms. Somers was the 2nd Place winner of the 2013 Long Beach Mozart Festival Competition and received an encouragement award from the Metropolitan National Council’s Los Angeles District, as well as the Young Musicians Foundation’s prestigious Swerdlow Family Scholarship in both 2007 and 2008. Learn more at: dariasomers.com
Saira Frank (Donna Anna) - Soprano Saira Frank returns to POP in her third production with the company since 2013. Saira has performed roles with Madison Opera, Pacific Opera Project, and Elgin Opera, and been a featured soloist with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, the Florentine Opera, and Opera San Luis Obisbo. An avid recitalist, Saira has most notably performed Wagner’s Wesendonck lieder, Messiaen’s Chant de terre et de ciel, Schumann’s Frauenliebe und leben with pianist Ruben Piirainen, and Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été with chamber orchestra. Collaborations with baroque scholar Carlo Forlivesi have taken Saira to Imola, Italy to perform in the concert series La Musica Sacra since 2013. The documentary “The Sounds of San Cassiano” features their 2014 performance. Operatic roles include the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin,the Duchess Christina/Sagredo in Galileo Galilei, Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus and the title roles in Tosca, The Merry Widowand Alcina. She holds degrees in voice and French from Northwestern University and a Master of Music in opera from UW Madison. An avid teaching artist and outreach performer, Saira has performed with Opera for the Young in seven productions and spent two years as resident teaching artist for Madison Opera. In addition to performing, Saira also serves as Managing Director for Opera for the Young and is a voice faculty member at Carroll University.
Robert Norman (Don Ottavio) - Tenor Robert Norman is thrilled to return to Pacific Opera Project for his fourteenth production with the company having previously performed as Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio, Sellem in The Rake’s Progress, Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, and many others. Described as “feisty and funny” by Opera News, Mr. Norman is a character tenor on the rise. He is an L.A. District winner for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and in 2016 he placed fifth in the Loren L. Zachary National Vocal Competition, making him the first character tenor to make the finals since 2009. He created the role of Mr. Pedrillo in Josh Shaw’s Star-Trek adapted version of Abduction of the Seraglio which has performed nationally at Salt Marsh Opera, Festival Opera, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, and with Pacific Opera Project at the famed Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, CA. He has been heralded in this role as having “exuded nerdy charm” (San Jose Mercury News), and “as one of the highlights of the evening” (Living Out Loud - LA). This May, he will beam down again with the production at Opera Orlando. Other recent performances include: Goro in Madama Butterfly (Opera San Jose, Dayton Opera, Salt Marsh Opera); Caius in Falstaff (Opera San Jose); Beppe in I Pagliacci (Dayton Opera, Festival Opera); Pedrillo in Abduction from the Seraglio (Dayton Opera); Spoletta in Tosca (Opera Las Vegas, Pacific Opera Project); Toby in Sweeney Todd (Fresno Grand Opera, Townsend Opera); Nika Magadoff in The Consul (Dayton Opera). Performances for 2018 include his mainstage debut with LA Opera in Candide as Principal Ensemble under the baton of Maestro James Conlon, and a return to Dayton Opera as Pang in Turandot. www.robertnormantenor.com
Tiffany Ho (Zerlina) - With a voice praised as “light and flawless” and a stage presence applauded as “charming and engaging” (Lauri’s List), East Coast native, Tiffany Ho is rapidly gaining attention as an up-and-coming soprano in Los Angeles. Prior to Don Giovanni with POP, Tiffany will perform Adina in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore with Center Stage Opera in February and Giulietta in Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi with Hawkmore Lyric Opera in March. Past opera roles include Prilepa in Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya dama, Bellezza in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, Clarice in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna, Little Matchgirl in Williamson's The Happy Prince, and Sandman/Dew Fairy in Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. In addition to her involvement in opera and solo classical work, Tiffany has an extensive choral background. She was a professional member of the choir-in-residence for Spoleto Festival USA in 2016. She is on the current Roster of the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir which performs exclusively with the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2015, Tiffany debuted as Uxor Pilati in J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She also performed as a Walter Fox Singer in the Verdi Chorus this past season. Tiffany earned her Master of Music degree, with distinction, in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College; she received her Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, in Music Education at Nazareth College of Rochester. POP lovers may have spotted Tiffany in a couple of 2017 productions where she sang in the ensembles and proudly played “Dulcamara’s backup dancer” in L’elisir d’amore and “Fantasma #2” in Lucia di Lammermoor. She is elated to be performing her first principal role with POP!
Luvi Avendano (Masetto) - is an active singer, conductor and educator in Southern California. Recent engagements include mainstage roles with Opera Santa Barbara, National Opera Association, and the California Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Mr. Avendano has performed several leading roles with regional companies such as Pacific Opera Project, Center Stage Opera, Opera Tijuana and Opera in the Ozarks, credits include Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Escamillo in Carmen, Marcello in La Boheme, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Don Giovanni and Masetto in Don Giovanni and many others. Luvi Avendano is currently completing his DMA at University of California Santa Barbara, under the direction of Dr. Linda Di Fiore.
Andrew Potter (Commendatore) - A bass vocalist of increasing demand who towers at an imposing and athletic 6’10”, Andrew Potter is a true Basso who has been welcomed by audiences and critics across the country for a larger-than-life stage presence with a voice to match. With years of studying under renowned teachers such as Dr. Wayne Kompelien, Rick Christman, and Braeden Harris; Andrew made a name for himself standing out in mainstage roles at several of the nation's most prestigious Young Artist programs such as Des Moines Metro Opera, St. Petersburg Emerging Artist Program, and the Tyler Young Artist Program. He has since performed across the country proficiently demonstrating the vocal power and sonority to sing such roles as Mephistopheles in Gounod’s Faust and Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte , the range and physicality to perform buffo roles like Don Bartolo ( Il barbiere di Siviglia) , Don Alfonso ( Così fan tutte) , Don Magnifico ( Cenerentola) ; and the flexibility and agility to sing challenging Handelian roles including Zoroastro in Orlando , Ariodate in Serse , and Argante in Rinaldo. Having proven his vocal diversity on stage performing roles spanning from basso roles like Osmin in Die Entführung , to varying Bass-Baritone roles such as Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca ; his is truly a vocal range granting incredibly rare versatility - making him stand out among the growing community of low voices. Role debuts in the 2017-18 season include Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore , Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Michele in Il Tabarro , and Cesare Borgia in the world premiere of The Borgia Infami.
Click HERE to go to the Vortex website
2341 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles 90021
New options for everyone!
After years of trying to make it happen, POP moves to our first warehouse space. For an entire month, we'll take over a blank canvas and make it whatever we want it to be.
The Vortex is conveniently located just off the 10 Freeway on the corner of Olympic and Santa Fe. The area is up-and-coming, but still a little grungy. But don't worry, we have secured parking immediately adjacent to The Vortex.
The seating area is large and will hold 70 tables in addition to traditional theater style seating (elevated and cushioned!) in the back of the house.
The Vortex is completely handicapped accessible and has brand new, large restrooms.
You asked for more seating options and we listened. In 2018 we'll have three tiers of table seating -- Premium, Regular, and General -- at varying prices. As always tables will come with a platter of snacks (salami, pepperoni, cheeses, fruit, crackers, cookies, chocolate, etc) and a bottle of wine.
Don Giovanni will have about 50 traditional "movie theater style" seats at the back of the house. These are elevated, ranging from 6 inches in the first row to 24 inches in the back row. Better views for everyone!
And after many, many requests, we've added the option to buy a single seat (or multiple single seats) at a table. This includes the option to sit in the very front row at Don Giovanni. These seats will each come with an individual small plate of food and there will be a few bottles of wine on the table to pass around. Share responsibly!
Premium Table for two $100
Premium Table for four $200
(Closest seats to the stage)
Platter of food bottle of wine
Reserved parking for one car included
Regular Table for two $80
Regular Table for four $160
Platter of food
Bottle of Wine
General Table for two $60
General Table for four $120
Platter of food
Bottle of wine
Individual seat at communal table $35/$45
Small plate of food for every seat and bottles of wine for table to share
Traditional tiered theater seating $15/$20/$25
Elevated and cushioned
We're going to make it easy!
There will be three parking lots reserved for the shows. In addition there is ample free street parking after regular business hours.
Premium Tables come with ONE reserved parking spot included.
More specifics will be sent out in an email the week of the performances.
Why not Uber or Lyft to the show? If you are coming to a POP show, chances are you are going to be drinking, right? Save yourself the hassle of parking and avoid drinking and driving by using a ride share service.