The Medium &
The Monkey's Paw
Oct 27, 28, 31 at The Ebell Club of Highland Park
131 S. Avenue 57, Los Angeles 90042
Nov 3, 4, 5 at The Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica 90403
All shows at 8pm except Sunday Nov. 5 (3pm.) Tables with food and wine available at The Ebell Club performances only.
The Monkey's Paw is a world premiere opera by Los Angeles composer, Brooke deRosa. This is POP's first world premiere.
Both operas will be sung in English.
Douglas Sumi (Music Director)
American pianist Douglas Sumi is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s artists and opera theaters. He is a versatile artist, comfortable in the capacities of pianist, coach, conductor, and prompter. He has assisted conductors such as James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Patrick Summers, William Lacy, Michele Mariotti, and Emmanuel Villaume. He has worked with singers such as Renée Fleming, Plácido Domingo, Carol Vaness, Sir Thomas Allen, Vladimir Chernov, Bejun Mehta, Linda Watson, Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Flórez, Vittorio Grigolo, and many of today’s emerging young singers. Most notably, he collaborated with Renée Fleming in recital, after working together in A Streetcar Named Desire. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, including The Kennedy Center for the Arts.
Sumi served primarily as a répétiteur and vocal coach at LA Opera and is an alumnus of the Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. He has also worked for Wolf Trap Opera Company, Indianapolis Opera, Centro Studi Lirica, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, American Opera Projects, University of Minnesota and the Manhattan School of Music. He has been invited to give master classes in Russia, at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Galina Vishnevskaya’s Opera Center in Moscow. He continues to regularly give master classes across North America. In Mexico, he premiered Roger Bourland’s La Paloma y el Ruiseñor at the Cultural Festival of Mazatlán. He has lead young singers to top prizes of competitions such as Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, the Metropolitan National Council Auditions, Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, Dallas Opera Guild Competition, among many others.
As a piano teacher, he has had students of collaborative piano earn acceptance in to programs at the Julliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music and New England Conservatory. He is on faculty at UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music, teaching in the Voice and Opera department.
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Brooke deRosa (Composer, The Monkey's Paw)
Brooke deRosa is an award-winning film, television, and theater composer. Miss deRosa holds a double major in music and theatre from Washington and Lee University where she was a recipient of the John Graham Award in Fine Arts. She has composed music for over twenty films and TV programs including a western, (“Gunfight at Yuma”), a film noir (“Battery Row”), a John Grisham-esque courtroom drama ("River Guard"), a horror comedy ("Massacre on Aisle 12") and a TMZ-styled TV series abroad (“Exit Hollywood”). The score for “The Search for Simon”, directed by BAFTA winner Martin Gooch, which she co-composed was nominated for Best Score at the Monaco International Film Festival and won Best Score at the Portsmouth International Film Festival. Her following collaboration with Mr. Gooch, "The Gatehouse," premiered at Raindance London and has been nominated for Best Score at Southampton International Film Festival.
As an internationally accomplished opera performer, she has been featured on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the score for the Netflix/Marvel series "Luke Cage", and has performed locally with LA Opera, POP, CSO, The Pacific Symphony, and The San Bernardino Symphony.
"The Monkey's Paw" is Brooke’s first opera, based on the short story of the same name by W.W. Jacobs.
She is currently composing an opera based on Alice in Wonderland, from which the aria "Off With Their Heads" recently premiered in Toronto, and saw its US premiere in September with Opera On Tap Chicago. Brooke has finished a pop musical based on the Red Riding Hood fairy tale which she hopes to premiere in 2018. Current projects include operas based on “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde, and “Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and a Missa Brevis.
Maria Dominique Lopez (Madame Flora) - Praised for “a vocal instrument of exceptional beauty, range, and flexibility” and “innate artistry”, mezzo soprano Maria Dominique Lopez has sung operatic roles both in the United States and Europe, and represented Arizona as a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Ms. Lopez sang the world premiere of Maryam Khoury’s Breathless Sun and the Arizona premier of Dr. Judith Cloud’s A Secret History of Water, and has garnered esteem as a concert soloist, performing works including Honegger’s King David, Handel’s Messiah and the Mozart Requiem Mass. Ms. Lopez appeared as the Artist in Residence for the Scottsdale Philharmonic in the 2013-14 season and performed with Houston Grand Opera: Opera to Go! during the fall of 2014 as La Madrina/La Madrastra in Mary Carol Warwick’s Cinderella in Spain. In 2015, Ms. Lopez made her main stage debut with Arizona Opera as Third Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, debuted with The Phoenix Symphony singing Vaughan Williams’ Magnificat and with Resonance Works / Pittsburgh singing the role of Candelas in de Falla’s El Amor Brujo.
Chelsea Friedlander (Monica) - soprano, New Jersey native, is thrilled to be making her West Coast debut with Pacific Opera Project singing Monica in Menotti’s The Medium. Recently, Ms. Friedlander made her debut at The Chautauqua Opera Company as an Apprentice Artist singing Euridice in Monteverdi/Respighi’s Orfeo and Soprano 1 in Phillip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. Just this month, Ms. Friedlander returned to Dayton Philharmonic as a Soprano soloist. Last winter, Ms. Friedlander was seen with Dayton Opera debuting as Blonde in Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio (February 2017), Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen (May 2017) and Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Dayton Philharmonic (December 2016). Performance highlights include appearances with The Ohio Light Opera Company, Opera Saratoga, Opera in the Ozarks, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, Light Opera of New York, Martina Arroyo Prelude to Performance, Light Opera of New Jersey, Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Women’s Theater Project, and Victor Herbert Renaissance Project Live!. Ms. Friedlander received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Proud member of AEA and AGMA.
Marina Harris (Mrs. Gobineau/Mother) - Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle for her “knockout combination of vocal power and expressive eloquence”, soprano Marina Harris is quickly establishing herself as one of opera’s most promising dramatic voices. A recent alumna of the prestigious Adler Fellowship program at the San Francisco Opera, Ms. Harris’ appearances with the company included three world premiere operas; Nolan Gasser’s The Secret Garden(in the role of Susan Sowerby), Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (Tamar/Girl/Seeker), Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne (Maid), Jack Perla’s Love/Hate (Samantha), and covering the role of Elsa in Lohengrin. In September 2013, Ms. Harris garnered national attention as a last-minute replacement for Patricia Racette in the role of Elena (Helen of Troy) in San Francisco Opera’s season-opening production of Boito’s Mefistofele. Ms. Harris has also joined the roster of the Los Angeles Opera to cover the verismo roles of Nedda in Pagliacci and the title role in Madama Butterfly. She has made leading role debuts with Opera Idaho (Tatiana in Eugene Onegin), Pacific Opera Project (title role in Ariadne auf Naxos) and the Southern Illinois Music Festival (Mathilde in Guillaume Tell).
Ariel Pisturino (Mrs. Nolan) - The Los Angeles Times hails soprano Ariel Pisturino as “an impressive young discovery,” after seeing her professional debut performance as Nancy T’ang in Long Beach Opera’s production of Nixon in China. An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary works and collaborations with composers, Ariel performed the role of Lover in The Industry’s nationally-acclaimed production of HOPSCOTCH and created the role of Laurie in Mark Abel’s premiere opera Home is a Harbor, released on Delos Records. She collaborated with Abel once before on his song cycle Five Rilke Songs on the album Terrain of the Heart, also for Delos Records. Most recently, Ariel created the role of Rosina Brandram in a newly written Gilbert and Sullivan review, Hail Poetry, with Opera a la Carte. Propelled by her interest in promoting new works, Ariel co-founded the performance troupe Chamber Opera Players of LA and the new music summer concert series unSUNg, focusing on new and unknown vocal music.
Phil Meyer (Mr. Gobineau/Father) - Phil Meyer’s opera repertory consists of Bad Guys, Old Guys and Funny Guys. For the Pacific Opera Project, Phil has played the alcoholic Impresario in Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma (Funny Guy); a narcoleptic Pistola in Falstaff (Funny Guy); the title role in Sweeney Todd (Bad Guy); Osmin in the Star Trek themed The Abduction from the Seraglio (Old Guy/Funny Guy/Bad Guy); PooBah in The Mikado (Funny Guy); Sam in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, (Bad Guy) and Basilio in The Barber of Seville (Pathetic Old Guy). Other leading roles in Los Angeles include King Filippo in Don Carlo with the LA Met (Old Guy); Mephistopheles, in Center Stage Opera’s Faust (the Baddest Guy); Kecal in The Bartered Bride (Old Guy) and Achilla in Giulio Cesare (Bad Guy) with the Celestial Opera; and Leporello in Don Giovanni (Funny Guy), Olin Blitch in Susannah (Bad Guy) and the title role in Verdi’s Falstaff with the Repertory Opera Company (Old Guy/Funny Guy/Kinda Bad Guy). In his spare time, Phil directs an HIV education program for medical professionals at Charles Drew University, runs a small non-profit that implements HIV prevention and services in the Rwandan and Angolan militaries, teaches in the School of Social Work at USC, and is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice.
David Samuel Childs (Toby/Carriage Driver) - baritone, specializes in American opera, musical theater, and Jewish music. David graduated from UCLA with his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and is an alumnus of Aspen Music Festival. Role credits include Hermogenes in a workshop of Rufus Wainwright’s new opera Hadrian (Aspen Opera Center), Ensemble in Lost in the Stars (LA Chamber Orchestra), Baker in Into The Woods (Hawaii Performing Arts Fest.), Johann in Werther (Independent Opera Co.) and Leader in Down in the Valley (Opera UCLA). In 2013 David won First Prize in the Walter Jurmann Song Competition and in 2016 placed in UCLA’s Vocal Vision Awards. David is a Walter Fox Singer with the Verdi Chorus of Santa Monica, and also plays accordion around Los Angeles with the award-winning band We The Folk.
William Grundler (Herbert) - is thrilled to return to Pacific Opera Project to perform Herbert in The Monkey’s Paw. An alumnus of Cal State Northridge and a Los Angeles resident, William has performed with numerous companies throughout Southern California including Pasadena Opera, Center Stage Opera, Independent Opera Company and Vineyard Touring Opera. Roles William has performed include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don José in Carmen, Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea, and the title role in Werther. This year William will also perform as Hermann in The Queen of Spades, Rodolfo in La Bohème, and as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem. William has composed works for CSUN Studio Ensemble, Vineyard Touring Opera, and churches through Los Angeles. William is the music director of Grace Lutheran Church of Ventura.
Ben Lowe (Sgt. Major) - received his Masters of Music at UCLA studying voice under Vladimir Chernov and opera with Peter Kazaras. Mr. Lowe is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills where he received his BA in music. He has been a featured soloist across the west coast and has sung recitals for many music organizations in southern California. Mr. Lowe’s concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, the Brahms German Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and the Verdi Requiem in Royce Hall. While at UCLA he participated in West Coast premieres and many workshops of new operas. Mr. Lowe spent this last two summers working with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West where he performed in Mathew Aucoin’s Second Nature. While attending, Mr. Lowe was selected as the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition. Mr. Lowe represented the Music Academy of the West on a national tour. Last summer Mr. Lowe returned to Music Academy of the West as a 2017 Fellow performing the role of Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. He will be making his New York City Debut at B.A.M. performing in Matthew Aucoin’s opera Crossing.