The Pacific Opera Project’s CARMEN packed The Ford Theater on the Saturday of Labor Day’s weekend. It was a successful, colorful, sold-out evening filled with great music and voices.

The Pacific Opera Project strives to produce quality work that is accessible, affordable, and entertaining. CARMEN was exactly that, with an amazing Act 4 in which the audience was transported to a square in Seville to shout and wave Spanish flags and to welcome el torero Escamillo into the bullfighting arena. What fun that was!

Josh Shaw directed a huge cast. I counted over 60 performers, without the orchestra! They were all a joy to watch, but props must be given to Aubrey Trujillo-Scarr as Micaela, Babatunde Akinboboye as Escamillo, Dane Suarez as Don Jose, and Nora Graham-Smith as Carmen.

The Pacific Opera Project’s Instagram account (@pacoperaproj), now features lots of gorgeous pictures of the evening, as well as fun videos.

This evening at The Ford was perfect. Is there anything better than enjoying a picnic before a fabulous show under the stars? The Ford’s season continues through the end of October, and you can choose your favorite event here.

Coming next for the Pacific Opera Project is La Traviata, which will perform on Oct. 27 and 28 inside Thorne Hall at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Learn more about it here.