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Good news for San Diego Opera, which previously planned to close at the end of its current season on 13 April 2014. The company has managed to raise donations totalling US$ 2,235,192 and has been able to annouce a reduced 2015 season.

There will be three productions in the company's 50th anniversary season - La bohème (24, 27 and 29 January and 1 February 2015, Don Giovanni (14, 17, 20 and 22 February) and Nixon in China (14, 17, 20 and 22 March 2015). There will also be a 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert (18 and 19 April 2015).

Founded in 1950 to present San Francisco Opera productions locally, San Diego Opera began generating its own productions in 1965 under the leadership of its founding general director Walter Herbert.

Herbert died in 1975, and his replacement, Tito Capobianco, was able to expand to six productions per season, bringing in big name singers such as Luciano Pavarotti, Beverly Sills and Joan Sutherland, and introducing an annual Verdi Festival, all of which brought the company to the notice of the international opera community.

The company's current general and artistic director, Australian-born Ian Campbell (previously a tenor with Australian Opera, assistant artistic administrator at New York Metropolitan Opera and a stage director, radio broadcaster and writer) took over from Capobianco in 1983. He brought financial stability, an expanded season, a concert programme, the North American Voices Project (which became a model for opera companies throughout the United States) and the largest and most diverse educational outreach offering of any American opera company.

Information: www.sdopera.com

Posted: 1 June 2014

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