POPaganza! 2018 

A Tenor Bonanza!

 March 13  6:30

Castle Green

99 Raymond Ave.

Pasadena, CA  91105 

So what is a POPaganza!? POP in on March 13th to see for yourself. Don't miss this 

POPportinity to see POP artists up close and personal when some of opera's most 

POPular tenor arias  POPup all over Castle Green. A mix of Morrish, Spanish, and Victorian POPulence, Castle Green was built in 1899 and is one of Pasadena's most eye-POPping buildings. Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with a crowd POPulated by POP Artists, POP's Board of Directors, and POP Staff. Will there be POPcorn, POPovers, POPsicles, and soda POP?  POPably not, but you'll have to be there to find out. 

Regardless, we're POPtimistic that this is going to be one of the most fun nights in 

POP history. Cocktail attire is POPtional, but suggested.

POPaganza! tickets are $50 and can be purchased HERE or by calling the POP hotline at 323-739-6122.  If you have any questions, please email us at family@pacificoperaproject.com 


There are two Public Parking structures available:

School House Parking Structure
33 E Green St
Pasadena, CA 91105

Del Mar Station Parking
230 S. Raymond Ave,
Pasadena, CA 91105
This is also a Metro Goldline stop.

Both structures offer 90 minutes free; $6 maximum.


More about Castle Green


Brian Cheney has been hailed by KUSC as the “next great tenor”, Brian Cheney, protégé of legendary tenor Jerry Hadley, has gained international acclaim for his portrayal of characters such as Don José in Carmen, Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La bohème, the Duke in Rigoletto, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Canio in Pagliacci. 

Recent engagements include the role of Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Piccola, Festival Opera, and Pacific Opera Project; Don Jose in Carmen with Knoxville Opera; Rodolfo in La bohème with Window Symphony Orchestra and Norwalk Symphony; Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Salt Marsh Opera; and Cavardossi in Tosca with Southern Illinois Music Festival. He also, recently, performed the tenor solo in Mozart’s Requiem with Boise Philharmonic and Eastern Connecticut Opera; Verdi’s Requiem with Dartmouth College and Chorus of Westerly.


Favorite engagements include singing Don Jose in Carmen with Window Symphony Orchestra, Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and Southern Illinois Music Festival; Canio in Pagliacci with Asheville Lyric Opera and Heartland Opera Theatre; the tenor solo in Verdi’s Requiem with Capella Cantorum and at the Fisher Center at Bard College; and as the tenor soloist in Salute to Vienna at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Ruth Eckerd hall, Jack Singer Concert Hall, Music Center at Strathmore, State Theatre, and Winspear Centre. Mr. Cheney also has worked with a multitude of opera companies and music festivals such as Opera Naples as Don Ottavio in their production of Don Giovanni and Ismaele in Nabucco; Salt Marsh Opera as The Duke in Rigoletto; and with Southern Illinois Music Festival as Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor, and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Joseph Lopez received his bachelors and Master’s degrees in opera performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at Cal State Long Beach. In the Metropolitan Opera National Competition he received an Encouragement Award and advanced to the regional level. He was awarded first place in the Center Stage Opera Vocal Competition where he also received the Audience Favorite and the LA Opera Encouragement Awards. Joseph 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. Joseph is a member of the Los Angeles Opera chorus and Los Angeles Master Chorale where he performs regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic.

Orson Van Gay II possesses a unique voice that captivates the audience with his charisma and command of the stage for a singer of his generation. His performances showcase vocal talents that have brought him constant recognition in Southern California and across the United States. Earlier this year, he made his debut as tenor soloist with Pacific Symphony at the Segerstrom Concert Hall. He premiered the title role in LA Opera's outreach touring production of Orpheus.  He took on the brilliantly crass role of Bernard Curson (Cherubino) in LA Opera’s Figaro 90210! He notably performed the lead role of Ben in Todd Goodman’s Opera, Night of the Living Dead. He has sung the haunting role of Orlando in the nationally acclaimed production of Hopscotch and the dashing role of Dick Johnson in LA Opera’s touring production of The Prospector. In February 2018, he debuted with Center Stage Opera as the charismatic, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. In addition to performing in the romantic and Germanic languages of Opera, Orson has been sought after to perform in Mandarin. This month he makes his debut with SINO U.S. Performing Arts Organization as tenor soloist for their 2018 concert series in Los Angeles and Phoenix, Arizona. This summer, Orson joins the Cal Philharmonic Orchestra as tenor soloist under the baton of Maestro Victor Vener for their celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary and Beethoven’s ninth symphony at Walt Disney concert Hall.

Orson is also an actor in several nationally recognized television series. He has been featured in major television commercials and starred on a variety of episodes. Orson is a Southern California native. For his latest upcoming engagements, please visit www.orsonvangay.com


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