San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera opened in 1950 to add opera to a thriving theater community in San Diego, California. They are one of the top 10 opera communities in the United States, even one of the most respected in the world. They were honored with awards, as well as top ranks for performances and company member talent. The first staging production was La Boheme. By 1976 they were holding an annual Verdi Festival with six productions. They also had Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti, and Beverly Sills take the stage during the 70s. Through the years they have struggled mildly with funding, but manage to pull out each time to last as a place for art.

Each season performances change. For 2011, Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier, Faust, and Carmen will be among the operas performed. Tickets vary depending on seating. A single ticket for orchestra 1, which is the closest to the stage, is $220. Balcony five is $35. The rest of the tickets are from $75 to $195. A subscriber can find a 10 to 20 percent discount. They also have package pricing ranging from $93 to $880 depending on the number of operas, usually 3 to 4.

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