More outside opera at lunch, this season with SDO’s ‘Opera on the Concourse’

San Diego Opera continues to develop their relationship with their community a large, with a season’s worth of noonish concerts that bring opera right to the people. Three lunchtime concerts put the stars of this seasons mainstage shows in the spotlight, both normalizing opera as a part of daily life and bringing a little glamour to San Diegans’ ordinary days.  Could it be the best of both worlds?  Read on…

Press release follows.


San Diego Opera presents
Opera on the Concourse

TIMELINE — October 5, 2017

Free Lunchtime Concerts on the Civic Concourse with the Stars of the Season

San Diego, CA – San Diego Opera is proud to announce the continuation of Opera on the Concourse, a series of free lunchtime concerts held for the public on the San Diego Civic Concourse with the stars of San Diego Opera’s season. Discontinued in 2007, the program returned in 2015 season, and attracts over 300 spectators per performance in a fun and casual concert recital. Opera on the Concourse continues San Diego Opera’s mission of providing accessible performances to the community. These free concerts, which start at noon and are roughly 45 minutes long, feature arias, duets, and ensembles from opera and musicals, picked by each of the performing artists and accompanied by piano.

Three concerts are scheduled:

  • Thursday, October 19, 20017 at noon featuring the singers of The Pirates of Penzance.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2018 at noon featuring singers of Turandot
  • Thursday, March 22, 2018 at noon featuring the artists of Florencia en el Amazonas.

In the event of rain or other inclement weather, Opera on the Concourse will be moved inside the Civic Theatre and take place in the Beverly Sills Salon.

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The 2017-2018 International Season

The Pirates of Penzance                          Gilbert & Sullivan                   October 14, 17, 20, and 22 (mat), 2017

As One                                                    Laura Kaminsky                      November 10, 11 and 12 (1 PM, mat), 2017

Maria de Buenos Aires                           Ástor Piazzolla                        January 26, 27 and 28 (mat), 2018

Turandot                                                 Giacomo Puccini                     February 24, 27, March 2, and 4 (mat), 2018

Florencia en el Amazonas                       Daniel Catán                            March 17, 20, 23, and 25 (mat) 2018

One Amazing Night – Greer Grimsley & Lise Lindstrom in Concert    May 5, 2018


San Diego Opera Mission Statement

The mission of San Diego Opera is to deliver exceptional vocal performances and exciting, accessible programs to diverse audiences, focusing on community engagement and the transformative power of live performance.

San Diego Opera Vision Statement

The San Diego Opera will be recognized internationally as a leading example of adaptability, innovation and sustainability in the operatic arts, promoting diversified programming and unique performance venues with world-class and emerging talent.

San Diego Opera Core Values Statement

Through excellence in innovative programming and education, SDO provides a lasting cultural service to the community.

  • Our tradition of excellence in fully staged opera is augmented with new models of opera and venues. Our unique and deep commitment to the community propels us to explore ways of increasing affordability and accessibility.
  • Through fiscal responsibility and nimble adaptation to the changing marketplace, we protect the future of San Diego Opera.
  • Our educational and community involvement coupled with relevant programming will build the audience of the future.

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