IOLANTA

March 2022

Aratani Theater

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Aratani Theatre

244 San Pedro St

Los Angeles, CA 90012


March 20 and 27 at 3pm

March 26 at 7:30pm

100 minutes, No Intermission


This production was generously sponsored by:

Lead Sponsor: Jennifer Diener

Co-Sponsor: Alice Coloumb


Director: Josh Shaw

Conductor: Isaac Selya

Assistant Director: Carson Gilmore

Costumes: Maggie Green

Iolanta: Cristina Jones

Vaudemont: Benjamin Werley

King Rene: Andrew Potter

Robert: Simon Barrad

Ibn-Hakia: Andrew Allan Hiers

Martha: Megan Potter

Brigitta: Brooke Iva Lohman

Laura: Danielle Marcelle Bond

Bertran: Joel Balzun

Almerik: William Grundler


POP returned to the 800-seat Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo for a very special production of Tchaikovsky’s fairytale opera, Iolanta. Cristina Jones, AKA “The Blind Soprano”, starred in the opera’s title role about a princess who is unaware that she is blind. The cast also included POP favorites Andrew and Megan Potter as King René and Martha and Andrew Allan Hiers as Ibn-Hakia. POP partnered with low-sight organizations for this production to encourage awareness and to amplify their efforts. Special arrangements were also made for low-sighted audience members, including braille programs. Iolanta was POP’s first opera presented in Russian and featured a 32-piece orchestra conducted by Isaac Selya.