Pacific Opera Project’s 2017 season resumes with a production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at Forrest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale for five shows this September. In February, POP staged a charming production of the same composer’s L’Elisir d’Amore at the Highland Park Ebell Club. Just as the Ebell Club, a popular venue for weddings, was an inspired setting for a comedy, there is something perfect about the staging of this tragedy, with perhaps the most iconic death scene in all of Italian opera, under the stars at a cemetery.
The title role will be handled by Jamie Chamberlin on September 9, 15 and 17, while Bevin Hill will sing on the 10th and 16th. Chamberlin is a stalwart of the Southern California opera scene, having performed with most of the region’s leading companies including LA Opera and Long Beach Opera, with whom she recently appeared in the US debut of Philip Glass’s The Perfect American, while Ms. Hill’s most recent local appearance was with POP as the lead in last year’s production of Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Other vocalists include tenor Nathan Granner as Edgardo, baritone Daniel Scofield as Enrico, bass-baritone Nicholas Boragno as Raimondo, tenor William Grundler as Arturo, mezzo-soprano Danielle Bond as Alisa, tenor Robert Norman as Normanno and a forty member chorus. Lucia is directed by Josh Shaw, Isaac Selya conducts a 27 piece orchestra, and costumes are by Maggie Green.
General admission single tickets for Lucia di Lammermoor are available for $25. Table seating with a bottle of wine and snacks is available for $65 for a regular table of two, $80 for a premium table of two (best location and a padded seat), $120 for a regular table of four, and $150 for a premium table for four. Tickets can be purchased by visiting pacificoperaproject.com or by calling 323-739-6122.