Tuesday, August 4, 2009

San Diego Opera Announces a Second Helping of “Taste of Opera”

Guest Posting: Announcement from the San Diego Opera

San Diego Opera Announces a Second Helping of

Taste of Opera

San Diego, CA – San Diego Opera is pleased to announce the return of “Taste of Opera,” a series of events designed to offer an introduction to San Diego Opera’s 2010 season in informal and casual settings around creatively-themed dinners and events. Working off the successes of the 2009 “Taste of Opera”, this year offers an expanded menu of activities and events including a themed series of cooking classes at Great News Discount Cookware and Cooking School as well as “Entertaining Entrées to Opera” at some of San Diego’s hottest restaurants.
New this year are a series of opera-inspired cooking classes at Great News Discount Cookware and Cooking School . Chef Katherine Emmenegger has created four cooking class menus inspired by each of our operas in 2010: La
bohème (French), Nabucco (Israeli/Persian), Romeo and Juliet (romantic) and La traviata (champagne). Chef Emmenegger will be accompanied by sous chef (and San Diego Opera Geisel Director of Education and Outreach) Dr. Nicolas Reveles, who will entertain guests with facts and stories while these meals are being created.

A complete listing of the menus, dates and times, can be found at the bottom of this release. Continuing the popularity of last season’s events, San Diego Opera continues to pair up a speaker with some of San Diego ’s hottest restaurants for themed “Entertaining Entrees to Opera”. Dinners will be held at Bondi, Bertrand at Mister A’s, Tapenade and Currant Brasserie, to name a few. A complete listing of events, menus, dates and times can be found at the bottom of this release.

“Taste of Opera is a wonderful series of events that helps demystify the greatest art form in the world. By going into the community and engaging our neighbors in casual discussions over the dinner, participants get their first taste of opera and a great meal at some of the finest restaurants our city has to offer. Most of all, it is fun, which is what going to the opera is truly about,” comments Risë Walter, San Diego Opera’s Director of Marketing.

For more information and to RSVP to Taste of Opera events visit online at http://www.sdopera.com/Experience/TasteOfOpera or call (619) 533-7000. Reservations to the cooking classes must be made directly with Great News at the contact information below.

The 2010 International Opera Season

Puccini's La bohème - January 30, February 2, 5 and 7 (mat), 2010

Verdi's Nabucco - February 20, 23, 26 and 28 (mat), 2010

Gounod's Romeo and Juliet - March 13, 16, 19 and 21 (mat), 2010

Verdi's La traviata - April 17, 20, 23 and 25 (mat), 2010

Purchasing Tickets

Three and four-opera subscriptions for the 2010 International Season are now available. Regular subscriptions range from $90 - $720 (some Saturday subscriptions slightly higher) and can be purchased by calling (619) 533-7000 or online at www.sdopera.com. Senior citizen discount packages are available for full-season Tuesday night subscribers. Call (619) 533-7000 for more information.

For information about single ticket availability and prices please visit www.sdopera.com.or call (619) 533-7000 to speak to an opera representative.

$20 rush tickets, subject to availability, are available 90-minutes prior to performances. There is a one-ticket per person limit. Cash only.

General Information

A widely respected member of the international opera community, San Diego Opera brings the world’s finest artists to San Diego . Founded in 1965, and led for the last 26 years by General Director and Artistic Director Ian D. Campbell, San Diego Opera produces performances of the highest artistic quality while remaining financially stable. San Diego Opera is also home to one of the most extensive, diverse opera education and outreach programs in North America, reaching over 70,000 schoolchildren and 20,000 adults in San Diego County and Baja California .

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