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UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Carmen High

Pasadena’s Rockin’ Opera Company
OPERA POSSE announces
Artistic Director, Stephanie Vlahos’s adaptation of the opera
Carmen entitled CARMEN HIGH.


June 8th and run through June 30th.

Originally presented at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts in 2009 as part of Vlahos’s other Thornton-underwritten project, the Full Circle Opera Project, CARMEN HIGH is a collaboration between teen musicians, singers of all styles (from musical theater to opera to rap), hip hop dancers, jazz and modern dancers, actors, skateboarders, graffiti artists. It tells the story of Carmen combining both the music from the original opera and a variety of musical styles to tell the story of what it is to be in high school from teenage rape to bullying to peer pressure to marginalizing.

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September of 2012 - Vlahos will be in the recording studio with composer Sasha Matson, recording Sasha's jazz opera about America's favorite pastime, Cooperstown. The producer on this recording is Stereophile Magazine's Editor, John Atkinson. Release and stellar cast to be announced. A staged production by OPERA POSSE of this landmark opera is currently in discussion and will occur in 2013. Announcement of specific dates to follow.

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November 2012 - OPERA POSSE is pleased to announce it will be in workshop with world-renown baritone, Vladimir Chernov of a project entitled Chaliapin, based on the life of the famous Russian opera singer who was arguably one of opera's greatest singing actors.
UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Amahl and the Night Visitors

VIEW GALLERY OF LAST YEARS PRODUCTION OF AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS

(OPERA POSSE's Production of Amahl and the Night Visitors was originally produced by Intimate Opera at the Pasadena Playhouse in December of 2010. As many of us were involved in that production, it is our hope to keep that torch burning.)

No child growing up in the 1950s or 1960s’ could consider his or her Christmas complete without an annual viewing of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl And The Night Visitors, the first opera specifically composed for American television. This fifteen year tradition ended in 1966, when the rights to a 1963 taping reverted to Menotti, who refused to allow this version (one which he disapproved of) ever to be shown again, thereby depriving later generations of one of the most extraordinary of holiday memories. An imperfect VHS-to-DVD transfer of a 1955 black-and-white kinescope is currently the only in-print version available to parents wanting to share the Amahl experience with their children, or boomers wishing to relive childhood memories.

Amahl & the Night Visitors
Amahl And The Night Visitors at the Pasadena Playhouse, a production that had this child of the ’50s and ’60 wiping away tears from start to finish as four-decade-old memories came rushing back in an instant, emotions made even stronger by the superb performances of its stellar cast under the Amahl And The Night Visitors at the Pasadena Playhouse, a production that had this child of the ’50s and ’60 wiping away tears from start to finish as four-decade-old memories came rushing back in an instant, emotions made even stronger by the superb performances of its stellar cast under the impeccable direction of Stephanie Vlahos. ---Steven Stanley Stage Scene LA

Synopsis: Amahl, a shepherd, tries to tell his mother about what he has seen outside; an enormous star with a long tale. His mother, used to his habitual lying, grows angry; she is even angrier when Amahl tells he that a knock at the door is three kings come to visit them. The kings enter and tell the two peasants that they have come to find a king, and they show the rich gifts they have brought him. While Amahl's mother is out gathering wood for the fire, Amahl asks the kings questions about their lives. The mother returns with her neighbors, and the villagers present their gifts to the visitors. That night, Amahl's mother tries to steal some of the kings' gold to use to help her child; she is caught, and when the kings offer to let her keep the gold, explaining that the king they seek will need nothing but love to rule his kingdom, she returns it. Amahl offers his staff as an additional gift, and suddenly finds that he can walk. He leaves with the kings to pay homage to the child who has healed him.
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