Pacific Opera Projects Announces 2019 Season

Revolutionary Take on “Madama Butterfly” & Nintendo-Inspired “Magic Flute” Lead Offerings

By Francisco Salazar

The Pacific Opera Project has announced its 2019 season.

The new season, curated by Artistic Director Josh Shaw, will open with  Mozart’sThe Magic Flute” in a production set in the classic Nintendo game, Mario Bros. The “super” production transports Papageno, Tamino, and the gang to the land of 90s video games resembling Mario’s Bros. and Zelda with a new English libretto by Josh Shaw and Scott Levin. Edward Benyas conducts.

Performance Dates: March 2, 3, 8, 9, & 10, 2019

Madama Butterfly will be the second opera of the season. The work will be sung in English and Japanese. In a press statement Shaw noted, “What if a brash American naval officer and a young Japanese girl met and fell in love? How would they communicate? Certainly not in Italian!” As a result, all Japanese roles will be sung in Japanese by Japanese-American artists and all American roles will be sung in English. 

Performance Dates: April 6, 13, & 14, 2019

The 2013 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” will return after a successful run. 

Performance Dates: August 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 30, & 3

Puccini’s “La bohemeAKA “The Hipsters” closed the season. The work transfers the classic work to the present and shows the LA housing crisis.

Performance Dates: Dec. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2019