We are very sad to announce that this weekend’s performances of The 30th Annual Anna Bolena von Peters Greater Orange County Area Aria Pageant have been canceled due to unforeseeable circumstances. All ticket sales will be refunded. Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you at our next show.



Our season officially kicks off next Friday with our original production, The 30th Annual Anna Bolena von Peters Greater Orange County Area Aria Pageant! This pastiche will feature some beloved operatic arias interspersed with plenty of unexpected twists and antics as our “contestants” vie for the crown. This production will be located at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia and will have just two performances (October 17 and 18 at 8 pm), so get your tickets early! Presale tickets are available here for only $25. Tickets will also be available at the door for $30, and student/senior pricing is available online and at the door for $20.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook to learn more about the contestants and RSVP to our Facebook event! You can also follow our youngest contestant, Tiffany Manzo, on Twitter leading up to the show. Read more about The 30th Annual Anna Bolena von Peters Greater Orange County Area Aria Pageant here.

If you’re interested in being a part of the last show of our first season (Orfeo ed Euridice) or any of our recently announced 2014-2015 productions, please submit your audition materials by July 1. Be sure to include your resume and either an audio/video attachment (video preferred) or a link to a YouTube video. Send all materials to [email protected].

2014-2015 Season Announcement

Opera Animata’s exciting 2014-2015 season kicks off with a creation by our own artists! The 24th Annual Anna Bolena von Peters Greater Orange County Aria Pageant (or GOCAAP for short) is a pastiche of operatic classics in the setting of an aria competition, yet with the style of your local beauty pageant. December brings Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, a family holiday favorite. Next is the inaugural performance of Opera Animata’s new performance series, Animata in Taberna. We bring your favorite songs and arias to you while you wine and dine! Our season will conclude with a “resurrection” of our hit production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Hollywood Fringe Festival!

Dido and Aeneas Group Photo

Dido and Aeneas was a resounding success! Thanks to everyone who participated and those who attended our inaugural performance. It is rewarding to see so much support and appreciation for the small but innovative opera performances that Opera Animata aims to produce.

Our next opera is Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph Willibald Gluck. Based on a Greek myth, it is the story of the heartbroken Orfeo who ventures into the underworld in an attempt to retrieve his deceased wife Euridice. The August 2014 production will feature Sarah Reynolds as Orfeo, Jenny Ohrstrom as Euridice and Alyssa Brode as Amore.

We will also be announcing our 2014-2015 season on May 15! For the most up-to-date news, subscribe to our mailing list.


Dido and Aeneas poster

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Design by Alyssa Brode Design

Join us on March 22 in Monrovia as we present our one-of-a-kind, zombified production of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas! Our talented cast and production team are sure to make this a great event. There is a $10 suggested donation, and we’ll be hosting a reception after the performance to celebrate the success of our first opera. Check out our poster above, read more information on our Upcoming Events page, and invite your friends to our Facebook event!