Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guest Announcement: Renee Fleming Is Coming To San Diego Opera in 2012

I and my blog are not affiliated with the San Diego Opera, though I am very fond of the company. Occasionally I am more than happy to pass along a spectacular announcement from its press releases. Here is the latest - shortened a bit and with some modification of the way the 2011 season schedule was formatted.

Renée Fleming in Concert Pre-Sale
Opera superstar Renée Fleming to sing benefit concert as part of San Diego Opera’s 2012 Season

Concert made possible by a $1 million gift from
 Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner

San Diego, CA – San Diego Opera is proud to announce that opera superstar Renée Fleming is returning to San Diego as part of the 2012 season with a special benefit concert on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7 PM at the San Diego Civic Theatre. Accompanied by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, this concert will launch the Bravissimo Campaign for Artistic Excellence, a $15 million campaign dedicated to preserving the highest artistic quality as well as stability of San Diego Opera as it approaches its 50th Anniversary in 2015.

San Diego Opera is extremely proud to honor Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner who have come forward with an extraordinary $1 million gift to make this concert possible.

“The Renée Fleming benefit concert is dedicated to both Conrad Prebys and Debbie Turner in grateful recognition of this critically important and exceptionally generous gift as well as the leadership role they continue to play throughout our community,” comments San Diego Opera General and Artistic Director Ian Campbell. “They are truly philanthropic superstars and the Opera’s board, staff and artists hope you will echo our cheers of “Bravi!’”

Ms. Fleming made her San Diego Opera debut as Tatiana in Eugene Onegin in 1994 and returned the following season in the title role of Rusalka.

Three tiers of VIP tickets are currently on pre-sale for this concert. All other tickets in remaining sections will go on sale to full-season four-opera subscribers after March 1, 2011.

 Premiere Orchestra - $1,000 per person. Packages include best available seating in the orchestra section, a post-concert dinner with Ms. Fleming, complimentary valet parking and an exclusive intermission reception. Fair market value for this package is $330 and includes a $670 donation to the Bravissimo Campaign

 Preferred Orchestra - $500 per person. Packages include second best available seating in the orchestra section, a pre-concert champagne toast in the Golden Hall Lobby and free and convenient parking. Fair market value for this package is $200 and includes a $300 donation to the Bravissimo Campaign.

 Patron Level - $300 per person. Seats include third best available seating in the orchestra section, lower loge and first rows of the Dress Circle and Mezzanine. Fair market value for this package in $180 and includes a $120 donation to the Bravissimo Campaign 

All donations from the Renée Fleming Benefit Concert will go towards the Bravissimo Campaign and will not be applied to San Diego Opera Membership benefits. These contributions will help ensure the Opera’s ability to hire the world’s top opera singers and produce world-class productions for the enrichment of our community.

Seating will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Patrons will not be seated in their regular subscription seats. All other tickets in remaining sections will go on sale to full-season four-opera subscribers after March 1, 2011.

San Diego Opera’s 2012 season includes Salome (January/February), the West Coast Premiere of Moby-Dick (February), Don Pasquale (March) and The Barber of Seville (April). Casting, dates and prices for the 2012 season will be announced in May, 2011.

The SDO's 2011 International Season
Giacomo Puccini's Turandot: January 29, February 1, 4 and 6 (mat), 2011
Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier: April 3 (mat), 6, 9 and 12, 2011
Charles Gounod's Faust: April 23, 26, 29 and May 1 (mat), 2011
Georges Bizet's Carmen: May 14, 17, 20 and 22 (mat), 2011




1 comment:

berenice said...

oh mister Smorg thank you for this calendar! i'd love to see this year either or both Faust and "La Cabalgata de las Walkirias" <--- as we know it in Español... will let you know if i get tickets, maybe we can finally meet!