Opera in Pomona?

Believe it. The Pomona-based Repertory Opera Company is performing Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” at 5 p.m. Sunday only at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 242 E. Alvarado St. in Pomona. Tickets are $25. For reservations or more information call Repertory Opera Company at (323) 969-4602 or visit its website.

To be honest, I’d never heard of the Repertory Opera Company until its artistic director e-mailed me about this performance.

“Repertory Opera Company (ROC) is an earnest Pomona-based opera company that has been performing in LA and Pasadena for four years and is now actually having a chance to perform in Pomona,” LizBeth Lucca wrote. “You can see reviews of ROC’s past productions at www.repertoryoperacompany.org. … We are hoping that the success of this performance will launch a new creative presence in the Inland Empire.”

On behalf of the IE, we could use a new creative presence.

Not being an opera buff, and preferring to keep my weekends as work-free as possible, I’ll probably skip the show, but I wish them luck, and if any of you go, be sure to post a comment, good or bad.

The website describes “Don Pasquale” as “a lively opera with careening plots, desperate love pursuits and quirky personalities.” It features piano accompaniment and narration “to keep the story moving briskly.”

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  • Victoria Ellis

    An opera in Pomona? What a pleasant surprise. The venue was delightful — a historic Mission style church full of stained glass windows and all kinds of nooks and crannies. Particularly enjoyed soprano Keiko Clark as Norina, also tenor Matt Dunn as Ernesto. All the parts were sung well. However, I think it was the pianist who kept it all moving along. What a delight!
    Victoria Ellis

    [Thanks for the review, Victoria. -- DA]

  • LizBeth Lucca

    Just for the record, our wonderful pianist for the evening who Victoria mentioned was Robert Sage, who is also Musical Director for Lyric Opera of Los Angeles and Associate Conductor for Claremont Symphony.