Pacific Opera Project Announces In-Person Performances of Bizet’s ‘Don Procopio’

By David Salazar

Pacific Opera Project is set to present a series of live, in-person productions this June.

The company unveiled that it would be performing Bizet’s “Don Procopio” between June 4-6, 2021 at the Heritage Square Museum in Los Angeles, California. All three showcases will feature socially-distanced audiences.

The showcase will feature Ben Lowe in the title role alongside Rachel Policar, Jon Lee Keenan, Armando Contreras, E. Scott Levin, Jessica Gonzalez-Rodriguez, and a four-person chorus. Maggie Green will supply costumes with Josh Shaw directing. Charlie Kim will conduct.

The opera was created by Bizet in 1859 when he was 21-years-old. The work, which has major plot similarities with Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale,” was the winner of the Prix de Rome and tells the story of Donna Bettina, who  is in love with Odoardo. However, her uncle Don Andronico wants to marry her off to Don Procopio. However, Bettina, with the help of her brother Don Ernesto, manages to scare off Don Procopio and ends up with Odoardo.