Added Performance Sunday April 24th at 7pm

Mozart and Salieri square off in this competition of delightful one-act meta operas.  While the rivalry between these two composers may be a bit overblown thanks to Amadeus, this competition actually happened.  Emperor Joseph II of Austria sponsored a contest between the two composers on February 7, 1786.  In the orangery at the Schönbrunn Palace, the Emperor and his guests sat at a long table.  Mozart's German singspiel Der Shauspieldirektor (The Impresario) was staged first on one end, then the guests turned in their seats to watch Salieri's Italian buffo opera Prima la musica, e poi le parole (First the Music, Then the Words) on the other end. POP will recreate this event at the beautiful South Pasadena Library and patrons will watch The Impresario on one end, then turn their chairs around and watch Prima la musica on the other.  The Mozart will be updated to present day and will be sung in a new English translation. The Salieri will be set traditionally and sung in Italian, with projected titles.  Both will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and harpsichord.


When it is Salieri vrs. Mozart, English vrs. Italian, contemporary vrs. traditional who wins? The audience will be the judge. With only 150 seats per performance, an all-star cast, and the chance to hear these seldom performed gems by Mozart and Salieri, this is sure to be the hottest ticket of the season. 

Baritones Andy Papas and Alex Boyd make their POP debuts pulling double duty by performing roles in both The Impresario and Prima la musica, e poi le parole. In the Salieri, they are joined by the star of last season's Ariadne auf Naxos, Tracy Cox, and new comer Justine Aronson. Sopranos Brooke deRosa (Zerbinetta last season) and Karen Hogle Brown (POP debut) team up with tenor, Christopher Anderson-West (currently in The Merry Widow) to round out the cast of The Impresario. Once again POP is blessed with amazing talent.


This unique double bill will feature a new arrangement for string quartet and harpsichord by music director Stephen Karr and a new libretto for The Impresario by artistic director Josh Shaw. Maggie Green will design costumes.

April 16, 17, 22, 23 at 7pm
April 24 at 3pm
Added Performance April 24 at 7pm
South Pasadena Library
1115 El Centro
South Pasadena, CA  91030
Seating Options  
There are multiple options for seating at this show.  It can get a bit confusing.  Please refer to the explanations below.  Please note that no tickets will be sold at the door.  All tickets and drink tickets must be sold in advance.

Premium Seats ($40)

These are seats in the first three rows closest to each stage. You will switch seats at Intermission so you have the same view for each show.  *NOTE:  When picking your seat from the seating chart, pick a seat on the IMPRESARIO end of the venue and you will have the corresponding seat on the opposite end for PRIMA LA MUSICA. (This is why all seats are "taken" on the PRIMA LA MUSICA end.)


General Admission seats ($30)
At Intermission, you will turn your chair to face the opposite direction for the next performance.  These seats give a good view for each show.


General Admission seats ($20)
At Intermission, you will turn your chair to face the opposite direction for the next performance. These are located directly behind the Premium seats for either Impresario or Prima, so you will have a very close seat for one performance but will be in the back row(s) for the other performance.


$10 Drink Ticket - Suggested Add-On
This $10 purchase entitles you to wine and beer before the show and at intermission. (Purchase on the screen after you select your seats.) Due to city regulations, drinks cannot be purchased at the performance. So if you want to drink, purchase this add-on.


Emperor's Throne - 2 seats for $500

Here's your chance to be an Emperor for a day!  You and a guest will have the very best seats (actually thrones!) in the house for both shows, seated right near the stage. You will officially start the evening with a royal decree and will be supplied with wine and champagne throughout the evening.  You may even get a robe and sceptre!  And of course you will be acknowledged in different ways throughout the evening with all the pomp and circumstance due a great patron of the arts. $420 of the purchase can be considered a tax-deductible donation and will be used to underwrite the performance you attend.

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