Pacific Opera Project (POP) returns in time for Halloween with a pairing of supernatural themed short operas. Opening October 27th at the Highland Park Ebell Club for three performances before moving to Santa Monica’s Miles Memorial Playhouse for three more, POP’s latest production includes Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium along with the company’s first world premiere, The Monkey’s Paw by Los Angeles composer Brooke deRosa. The operas will both be sung in English, so there’s at least one less thing to worry about.
The Medium tells the story of a con artist attempting to run a sham seance, only to be contacted roughly by an actual phantom. Its composer and librettist, Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007), was one of the 20th century’s most prolific, successful and accessible operatic composers, his work appearing on Broadway and television as well as more rarefied concert stages. Brooke deRosa has also scored music for television and film in addition to the stage as well. The Monkey’s Paw‘s libretto is based on the infamous short story by W. W. Jacobs. Performances are on October 27, 28, and 31 at 8:00 p.m. at The Highland Park Ebell Club and on November 3 and 4 at 8:00 p.m. and November 5 at 3:00 p.m. at the Miles Memorial Playhouse in Santa Monica. For more information, please visit pacificoperaproject.com or call 323-739-6122.