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Opera Previews


Isn’t Pirates of Penzance a musical, and not an opera, and what’s the difference? What does tango have to do with opera? Does a composer have to travel to China to write about a Chinese empress? What exactly is magical realism, and how does one produce that on stage?

Discover and explore the grand and diverse 2017-18 season of the San Diego Opera in this exciting and educational series with musicologist Dr. Ron Shaheen. Using a variety of media, Dr. Shaheen will offer advance, in-depth sessions about San Diego Opera productions that include topics such as historic background, style, story and setting, fabled performers, local production insight and more!

See the season schedule for the San Diego Opera

Opera Previews and Encore Schedule

When: Opera Previews 10 a.m., doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Where:  Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, Dove Library Complex, 1775 Dove Lane 
Cost: Free

Saturday, Jan. 27* Opera Previews: Maria de Buenos Aires

*Stay after the presentation for a special live romantic dance performance by Flamenco Gallardo at 11 a.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 24 Opera Previews: Turandot by Giacomo Puccini 

Saturday, March 17 Opera Previews: Florencia en el Amazonas by Daniel Catán 

Opera Previews are made possible by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.

Opera Caravan

Join the car-free crowd and check out the San Diego Opera Caravan!