Pacific Opera Project to Present US Premiere of Vivaldi’s ‘Ercole su’l Termodonte’

By Nicolas Quiroga

Pacific Opera Project (POP) will present the US premiere of Vivaldi’s rare opera, “Ercole su’l Termodonte,” written in 1723, 300 years after its original premiere. The show will run from Jan. 6-21, 2023.

Featured vocalists include tenors Logan Webber and Manfred Anaya; sopranos Janet Todd, Véronique Filloux, and Audrey Yoder;  mezzo-soprano Meagan Martin; and countertenors Michael Skarke and Kyle Tingzon.

Written during the Pope’s ban on women in opera, the opera employed seven castrati and a tenor for its premiere at The Highland Park Ebell Club Rome. It will now make its U.S. premiere at The Ebell Club, which will be wholly transformed into a baroque opera house. Conductor Kyle Naig will lead a costumed period orchestra.

Founded in 2011, Los Angeles-based POP has performed in various venues, from outdoors, to small clubs, large amphitheaters, and warehouses. POP has been called out in the press as “The Best Opera Company in Los Angeles” for making opera attractive to young audiences with affordable and accessible performances.