Community Conversations are exciting and thought–provoking collaborations with well-known experts in diverse fields discussing the powerful themes in our 2016—2017 Season. All events are open to the public and free of charge, but reservations are required.


Operatic Fairy Tales: Cinderella and La Cenerentola

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Sunday October 16, 2016 at 2:30pm

LOCATION: Central Library Downtown, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
HOST: Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Opera
SPEAKER: Joseph T. Thomas, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, SDSU

Join Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement for San Diego Opera, in a free-wheeling discussion of Cinderella, the fairy tale and the opera (Rossini), with Joseph T. Thomas, professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU, where he serves as Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Explore with us the history of the tale, a bit about the many operas that use fairy tales as their sources, and the heartfelt meaning the story and the opera.


Verdi, Young and Old: La traviata and Falstaff

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016 7:00PM

LOCATION: Central Library Downtown, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
HOST: Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Opera

Come join us for a special edition of OperaTalk Live! in a fun and informative discussion of Giuseppe Verdi’s two operatic masterpieces, La traviata and Falstaff. This is a great opportunity to distinguish between Verdi’s operas in mid-career and the operas of his old age. Presented by Nicolas Reveles and taped live by UCSD-TV, expect some delightful stories, a refreshing look at the art of opera and some wonderful music.


Points of View: Falstaff in Shakespeare and Verdi

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:00PM

LOCATION: The Old Globe, Hattox Hall, Balboa Park, San Diego 92103
HOST: Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Opera
SPEAKER: Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director of The Old Globe

In a lively discussion with Barry Edelstein, Artistic Director of The Old Globe Theatre and a Shakespeare expert, the character Falstaff will be looked at from various points of view: that of the stage director, the actor and the singer (not to mention the viewer or the listener!) Considered the best operatic version of Shakespeare, Verdi’s Falstaff still inspires with its humorous, adventurous and ultimately touching portrayal of this classic character. Was Verdi true to Shakespeare? We’ll find out!



Past Events

Meet the Composer of Soldier Songs, David T. Little

Sunday September 18, 2016 at 6:00pm

LOCATION: Central Library Downtown, Neil Morgan Auditorium, 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego 92101
HOST: Dr. Nicolas Reveles, Director of Community Engagement, San Diego Opera
SPEAKER: David T. Little, Composer

San Diego Opera is producing the opera Soldier Songs by composer David T. Little. a gripping drama with a libretto made up of reflections on war by veterans who were involved in five major foreign conflicts. Soldier Songs explores the idea versus the realities of the soldier, loss and the exploitation of innocence, and the impossibility of expressing the truth of war. Join Nicolas Reveles in an intimate discussion with the creator of the work, how it was developed, and about the unique style of Little’s music. Be part of the action as the ‘live’ TV audience for this edition of UCSD-TV’s OperaTalk! with Nic Reveles.