Hipsters... Yeah, I invented that shit.
- G. Puccini
Hipster - n. A subculture of individuals in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, an appreciation of art, creativity, intelligence and witty banter. They tend to be well-educated and often have liberal arts degrees...
La bohème: AKA "The Hipsters"
by G. Puccini
Friday December 7 8pm
Saturday December 8 8pm
Thursday December 13 8pm
Friday December 14 8pm
Saturday December 15 8pm
Thursday December 20 8pm
Friday December 21 8pm
Saturday December 22 8pm
The Ebell Club of Highland Park
131 S. Ave 57, Los Angeles 90042
Sung in Italian with projected English titles.
Table seating & traditional seating options.
A new DOUBLE batch of hand-crafted, vegan, organically-sourced hipsters will take the stage for La bohème in 2018.
This will be the fourth incarnation of POP's trademark production and so far every single ticket offered in previous years has sold out. Get your ticket or table early.
Premium Table for two $80
Premium Table for four $160
Food, bottle of wine, and cushioned seats included
Regular Table for two $70
Regular Table for four $140
Food, bottle of wine included
Standard Table for two $60
Standard Table for four $120
Food, bottle of wine included
We're live streaming the entire
performance of La bohème on December 21st on Facebook! Last season we did a spur of the moment live stream using just an iPhone -- it was fantastic. But this year we're upping the ante with multiple cameras, subtitles, intermission interviews with the cast, and more. Like us on Facebook or come back to this page at 8pm PST on December 21st to see the show live from your phone, tablet, or computer!
Thursday, Dec. 20
Fridays, Dec. 7 & 14
Saturday, Dec. 22
Thursday, Dec. 13
Friday, Dec. 21
Saturdays, Dec. 8 & 15
E. Scott Levin
William Grundler Benoit/Parpignol/
AH, look back with us on the many HIPSTERS OF YORE...
Parisa Zaeri (Music Director) Embarking on her third season with Opera Colorado, Parisa Zaeri maintains an active career as a conductor, collaborative pianist, and arts administrator. In her three years with the company, she has grown her position from serving as Opera Colorado’s Education Assistant and Young Artist Coach/Accompanist to becoming Manager of Education and Community Engagement. In this role, her duties at Opera Colorado continue to span across both administrative and artistic projects, from managing day-to-day scheduling and operations within the Education Department and developing new educational programs, to serving as Production Assistant for Hansel and Gretel and coaching portions of the Afternoon of American Song program.
When not at the Opera, Parisa enjoys filling her time with a variety of musical outlets. She is on the piano faculty at Rocky Ridge Music Center and is also a highly sought-after freelancer in theaters throughout the Denver area. Parisa feels equally at home with both musical theater and operatic repertoire, which are reflected in her most recent musical engagements: Pianist for Parker Arts’ A Chorus Line, Pianist/Conductor for Stagedoor Theatre’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Assistant Conductor for Boulder Symphony’s La Traviata, and Music Director for Pacific Opera Project’s La bohème. Additional special honors include Parisa’s premiere of two new operas by Michael Vince and Spencer Arias, as well as her participation in the second season of The Dallas Opera Women’s Conducting Institute.
Parisa is originally from Dallas, Texas, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX) and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance - Collaborative Piano from New York University (New York, NY). She currently resides in Westminster with her husband, cellist Zack Reaves, and two dogs, Cassie and Blue.
JJ Lopez (Rodolfo) JJ Lopez earned his degrees from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. He has advanced to the Metropolitan Opera National Competition Regionals, and most recently, JJ was a finalist in the Zachary Society Vocal Competition. He was also a finalist in the Pasadena Opera Guild Vocal Competition. He was awarded first place in the Center Stage Opera Vocal Competition where he additionally received the Audience Favorite and the LA Opera Encouragement Awards. JJ was selected to be the tenor soloist for the Taos Opera Institute and was an artist with the Utah Opera Music Festival where he covered the role of Rodolfo. Other roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Alfredo in La traviata, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Foresto in Attila, Ferrando in Così fan tutti, Franz and Spalazani in Les contes d'Hoffman, Tanzmeister in Ariadne auf Naxos and Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon. JJ is a member of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Los Angeles Master Chorale where he has been given solo opportunities and performs regularly at venues such as Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Last season he had his Walt Disney Concert Hall solo debut, and this season JJ will be debuting as a principal artist with the LA Opera Education and Community.
Dane Suarez (Rodolfo) Lauded for his “warm and robust tenore spinto” and “pure earth-shaking lyricism,” American Dane Suarez is in demand for his “golden throated” tenor. He sang on the stage of The Metropolitan Opera as a 2014 Semi-Finalist of The Met Auditions and made his Kennedy Center debut in 2015 with Washington National Opera as Ely Parker in Glass’s Appomattox. Last season, Suarez made his New York City Opera debut in his "completely winning" performance as Joe in La fanciulla del West and joined Opera San José as a resident artist where he debuted the roles of Alfredo, Ruggero (La rondine), and Erik (Der fliegende Holländer). Mr. Suarez debuted at POP last season in La bohème AKA: "The Hipsters" as Rodolfo, where the Act I duet was described as "a transfixing moment of sublime beauty". This summer, he debuted the Title Role in Idomeneo with Opera NEO and returned to POP to sing Don José at The Ford. This season, Suarez returns to Opera San José debuting the roles of Pinkerton, Greenhorn (Moby-Dick), and Canio. He will be heard as Erik in Baltimore Concert Opera’s Der fliegende Holländer and reprises his Rodolfo alongside wife Kerriann Otaño in her role debut as Mimì at POP.
Maya Rothfuss (Mimì) German-American soprano Maya Rothfuss began her musical career as a violist. Since shifting her focus to singing, Maya has performed throughout the United States and Europe with concert venues from the Bootleg Theater to the Sundays Live at LACMA. Maya has performed with the Aspen Opera Center, Miami Music Festival, and Oberlin in Italy summer festivals. Her operatic roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Buff in A Wedding, Nuria in Ainadamar, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Hilde in an orchestra reading of Frau Schindler. Maya is a grant recipient of the LA based Opera Buffs Organization, a winner of the Metro Arts Inc. Competition, and a finalist for the Performing Arts Scholarship Fun Santa Barbara. Maya pursued her Bachelor’s in viola performance at Rice University, and graduated with honors from the USC Thornton School of Music with a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance and Opera.
Kerriann Otaño (Mimì) Hailed for her “Verdian richness, power and expressivity,” American soprano Kerriann Otaño was a 2016 National Semi-Finalist of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program at Washington National Opera. At WNO, she was heard as Donna Elvira, Kitty Hart (Dead Man Walking), the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), Mary Custis Lee (Glass’s Appomattox), and created the role of Katherine in Douglas Pew‘s Penny. For summer 2015, Kerriann was chosen as a Filene Young Artist and made her debut with Wolf Trap Opera singing La Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro and was heard as High Priestess in Aïda. She returned for summer 2016 to sing Female Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and was featured in a Vocal Colors recital at the Phillips Collection. Last season included a return to WNO for Francesca Zambello’s Candide and a debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago covering the role of Mary Johnson in Lyric Unlimited‘s Fellow Travelers.
Additionally, Otaño made two acclaimed debuts as Older Alyce in Houston Grand Opera HGOco‘s Glory Denied with “the most lyrical and poignantly expressive singing of the night” and Opera San José’s Senta in Der fliegende Holländer praised for her “technique and musical intelligence to not only limn the introspective moments with ravishing beauty, but also ride the amassed orchestra with thrilling focus and power.” For 2018-2019, Kerriann joins the roster of The Metropolitan Opera as cover of Gerhilde in Die Walküre and debuts Mimì alongside her husband, tenor Dane Suarez, in Pacific Opera Project‘s La bohème.
Ben Lowe (Marcello) Ben Lowe, (Baritone) heralded for his “stentorian voice” by Singerpreneur, is quickly becoming a household name in the opera world in Southern California and abroad. A highly sought-after operatic performer and concert soloist, Mr. Lowe made his European concert debut this season in Siena and Florence, Italy as the Bass soloist in the Verdi Requiem with Unione Corale Senese “Ettore Bastianini”. Returning to Pacific Opera Project in their production of La bohème as Marcello concludes a jam-packed season; 2018 included a debut performance of Marcello opposite Joshua Guerrero and Julianna Di Giacomo at The Colburn School of Music, reprising the role of Dulcamara in l’elisir d’amore, and a workshop of a new, one-act opera for LA Opera. Mr. Lowe made his New York debut performing in the east coast premiere of Matt Aucoin’s opera Crossing and performed his one act opera Second Nature in 2017. His 2019 season begins with a world premiere of Llantos, a new Mariachi opera presented in Arizona. Then, Mr. Lowe will be joining Opera Delaware as a Young Artist for their season, performing leading roles in Dead Man Walking and Trial by Jury. Past achievements include being a finalist in both the Palm Springs Opera Guild and The Loren L. Zachary Society competitions, and winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Mr. Lowe studies under Maestro Vladimir Chernov and is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills and UCLA. Please visit BenLoweBaritone.com
Joel D. Balzun (Marcello) Baritone and composer Joel Balzun is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, earning a Master's degree in Vocal Performance & Literature under the tutelage of Jan Opalach and Benton Hess. Since his professional debut with the California International Theatre Festival, Mr. Balzun has performed across the continent, notably making his Kennedy Centre Debut in 2014. He was a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Centre in 2016, where his performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 earned critical acclaim. Recent roles include Joseph De Rocher (Dead Man Walking), Prince Yeletskiy and Count Tomskiy (Pikovaya Dama), Des Grieux (Le portrait de Manon), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore), Albert (Werther), and Dr. Malatesta (Don Pasquale), among others. An enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Balzun currently serves on the voice faculties of Biola University and Fullerton College.
Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr (Musetta) Aubrey is thrilled to be joining Pacific Opera Project in their upcoming production of La bohème AKA: "The Hipsters" for her Musetta debut. She’s proud to have been part of POP’s Carmen, Abduction from the Seraglio, Lucia di Lammermoor, and The Mikado. Other credits include Master Class (Garry Marshall Theatre) (Jewel Theater), Verdi Opera Tales (LA Opera Education and Communications) Carmen, La rondine (Opera Santa Barbara), Così fan tutte, Candide (Pasadena Opera) Roméo et Juliette, Madama Butterfly (Center Stage Opera) I pagliacci (Celestial Opera Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Independent Opera Company) and Carmen (Opera San Jose). Aubrey works behind the camera in short films and commercial work. Her first national commercial with Xfinity Home Security is currently airing. She also enjoys working behind the scenes as fight director, choreographer, and swashbuckler for several west coast opera and theater companies. She holds her Master of Music in Vocal Performance from UCLA.
Elle Valera (Musetta) Soprano Elle Valera just completed an engagement with Opera Santa Barbara as Musetta. Elle is a recent alumna of Opera Santa Barbara's Chrisman Studio Artist Program. As part of the program, she sang Berta in The Barber of Seville and Poussette in Manon; she also covered the title role in Manon and both Donna Anna and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for the company. She is a recent L.A. District Winner and Western Region Finalist for the Metropolitan Council Auditions. She was a 2017 fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival, where she covered the roles of Feu, Princesse, and Le Rossignol in Ravel's L’enfant et les sortilèges. In previous years, she was an Apprentice Artist with Central City Opera, where she performed the roles of Madame Herz in The Impresario and Sarah in The Ballad of Baby Doe, taking home Central City’s McGlone Guild Award for outstanding performance. Elle attended UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music on a full scholarship and received her master’s degree in music in 2014. While at UCLA, she sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and the title role in Il Segreto di Susanna. Ms. Valera holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of California, Irvine, and is the recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Pasadena Opera Guild Young Artist Award and an Encouragement Award from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Council Auditions in 2014. Beyond opera, Elle is a plus-size model represented by Bicoastal Management and an Instagram influencer and blogger, promoting body positivity and diversity.
E. Scott Levin (Schaunard) Bass-Baritone, E. Scott Levin, described as having a “smooth, buttery voice,” “incredibly sharp timing,” and “a gifted comic actor,” has been making audiences laugh for the past fourteen 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 2002, Scott has sung in over twenty productions with Union Avenue Opera in Saint Louis. He has also sung with many companies in the Los Angeles area including Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Redlands Opera Theater, Center Stage Opera, OperaWorks, Definiens Project, Orange County Opera, and Celestial Opera. Last season he made his debut at Townsend/Fresno Opera as the Sacristan in Tosca and his Los Angeles Opera mainstage debut as Dr. Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi, starring Placido Domingo, now available on DVD. Scott is thrilled to return to POP after previously appearing as Don Pomponio in La gazzetta, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Pane in La calisto, Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, the Sacristan in Tosca, KoKo in The Mikado, Maestro Biscroma Strappaviscere in Viva la Mamma!, and Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow (Widder).
Vincent Grana (Colline) Vincent Grana (Bass) is based in Los Angeles, CA. He received his B.M. in Music Education and M.M. Vocal Performance from Rutgers University. In 2013, Mr. Grana was a Philadelphia District winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His credits include Dulcamara (L’elisir d’amore), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Elder Ott (Susannah), Annibale Pistacchio (Il campanello di notte), Nilakantha (Lakmé), Mephistopheles (Faust), and Colline (La bohème). Mr. Grana has sung with Sarasota Opera as one of their apprentice artists for the final season of their Verdi Cycle. Mr. Grana debuted at Dayton Opera performing the role of Zuniga in their production of Bizet’s Carmen. He performed the role of Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program. His 2018 engagements include performing the role of Noye in Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, the officer in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia both with Opera Santa Barbara, and the role of Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Aspen Opera Center as a Fellowship artist. Most recently, Mr. Grana sang the role of Colline with Opera Santa Barbara in the opening of their 25th anniversary season. Vincentgrana.com
William Grundler (Benoit/Alcindoro/Parpignol) Los Angeles-based tenor, composer, and conductor William Grundler is thrilled to return to Pacific Opera Project, after having just appeared as Gastone in last month’s La traviata. William’s previous roles with POP include Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Herbert in the world premiere of The Monkey’s Paw, and Remendado in Carmen at the Ford Theatre. Other recent roles include Dr S. in Pasadena Opera's The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Spoletta in Sacramento Opera’s Tosca, The Governor and Vanderdendur in Angel Vocal Art’s Candide, and Poponel in South Coast Opera’s The Boy Who Grew Too Fast. This fall, William made his Long Beach Opera debut in Three Tales.
Venue and Parking
The historic Ebell Club of Highland Park was built in 1913 and became LA Landmark #284 in 1984.
131 S. Avenue 57
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Near the corner of Figueroa and Ave. 57
Between Figueroa and the 110 Freeway
There are two public lots immediately adjacent to the Ebell Club with metered parking ($2.50 per day). There are more lots all along Figueroa behind businesses on both sides of the street. There is also free street parking on side streets and metered parking on Figueroa.