Opera News

Pacific Opera Project's LA BOHÈME

December 13, 2020

"POP’s music director, Parisa Zaeri, provided intrepid accompaniment on the piano, at times so resonant that one hardly missed the orchestra. The cast sang Giacosa and Illica’s Italian libretto, but often the supertitles took witty liberties with their translation."

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PEOPLE'S WORLD

Pacific Opera Project's THE MIKADO

August 28, 2019

"Music Director Parisa Zaeri leads her playfully ribald 12-piece chamber orchestra..."

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VCReporter

Pacific Opera Project's LA BOHÈME

December 16, 2020

"POP delivered on their promise with a 19th century opera that felt modern and relevant. Part of that was due to the lively performances of the gifted young cast (Ben Lowe, Maria Dominique Lopez, E. Scott Levin, Keith Colclough and Luvi Avendano) and accompaniment by a single piano, beautifully played by music director Parisa Zaeri."

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OPERAWIRE

Pacific Opera Project's THE MIKADO

August 25, 2019

"...But as I mentioned, the orchestra was housed under the upper level of the steps (under those stairs) and I wondered how difficult it must be for the conductor to maintain control when the cast is facing away from you for most of the production. Music Director Parisa Zaeri must have rehearsed tempi with great exactitude, and the confident singing in this show was one of its great strengths."

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