Simon Boccanegra – October 20, 1956

Five decades ago, the San Francisco Opera company would conduct a Southern California tour at the conclusion of its Fall season. The addition of the San Diego to its list of visited cities permitted me to see my first opera, Gounod’s “Faust” in November, 1955 (see my comments for the fiftieth anniversary of that experience […]

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Tom Does the Nile in Costa Mesa – O.C.’s “Aida” April 20, 2006

Tom’s Review of Opera Pacific’s “Aida”: Little “Ole” Orange County, formerly derided as a provincial backwater by the self-appointed nabobs of “culture” elsewhere in California (no, we won’t name names) just keeps growing up, what with another new (and fabulous) music venue about to open across from the Orange County Center for the Performing Arts […]

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