Profile: San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera, ranked by OPERA AMERICA as one of the top 10 opera companies in the United States, is a widely respected member of the international opera community and an invaluable cultural resource to the San Diego community. San Diego Opera was recently honored as one of 13 'Cornerstone Arts Organizations' by the prestigious James Irvine Foundation. In addition, San Diego Opera is the only San Diego arts organization to receive an almost perfect ranking from both the California Arts Council and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture.

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La bohème, Puccini and Synopsis

First love….nothing is more all-consuming, turbulent, passionate and heartbreaking.
In this NoteStream, we'll learn more about Puccini and the origins of La bohème, examine the Libretto and its source, and learn more about the structure of the music. The English Synopsis is also included.
Join us as we traverse the lives of a band of Bohemian friends and a love affair between a young poet and his mistress whose love is so intense it is unbearable to be apart, yet impossible to be together. La bohème will mirror your own memories of young love and just starting out in life…the struggles, the joy and the good friends who got you through.

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Tosca - The Music and Synopsis

Political intrigue, jealousy, passion, love, and heartbreaking cruelty are all brought to brilliant and tragic life in Puccini's eternal classic.
In this NoteStream, we'll explore the fundamental structure and musical motives employed to great effect. Puccini was a composer who had an incredible gift for scene setting, or 'painting a picture' in order to achieve the perfect sonic environment for the dramatic situations provided by his librettists. Learn more about his tone-painting, the use of a form of Leitmotif, and the melodic shape of this beloved opera. The full Synopsis is also included.
For further exploration of the Libretto, the sites of the opera and the Battle of Marengo, please see Tosca: Historical Foundation.

Category: Music

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Tosca - Historical Foundation

Political intrigue, jealousy, passion, love, and heartbreaking cruelty are all brought to brilliant and tragic life in Puccini's eternal classic Tosca. In this NoteStream, we'll explore the historical significance of the sites used in each scene, and compare the original staging for Victorien Sardou's La Tosca, the play written as a star vehicle for the great actress Sarah Bernhardt. The Battle of Marengo, the historical event that drives much of the drama onstage, will also be illuminated.

Category: Music

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