Opera on Track

Thank you for making Opera On Track a great success! SDO's young artists performed a 30-minute version of Rossini’s Cinderella at trolley stops and venues within close walking distance of the trolleys. These delightful short events shared beautiful music, promoted the use of public transportation to come to the Civic Theatre downtown during opera season, and previewed San Diego Opera’s production of Cinderella that appeared on the main stage in October 2016.

All Opera on Track performances were free and open to the public. Families with children were especially invited to attend as Rossini’s music is tuneful, upbeat, charming, and funny as the traditional tale of Cinderella unfolds through the kind of storytelling that only opera can provide. And although the score is in Italian, these Opera on Track performances were be sung in English.

MTS was the 2016-17 season Preferred Mode of Transportation.

Opera on Track was funded by OPERA America’s Building Opera Audiences grant program, supported by the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.

    Opera on Track Program Schedule

    • Saturday, October 8, 1:30pm
      Children’s Museum Park—Museum Day
      (Convention Center Station, Green Line)
      200 W. Island, San Diego, 92101
    • Sunday, October 9, 1:00pm
      Old Town Trolley Station
      (Green Line)
    • Saturday, September 3, 11:00am
      Santee Trolley Square Amphitheatre
      (Santee Trolley Station, Green Line)
      9844 Mission Gorge Road, Santee. 92071
    • Saturday, September 10, 11:00am
      Market Creek Plaza Amphitheatre
      (Euclid Avenue Station, Orange Line)
      404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92114
    • Saturday, September 10, 2:00pm
      Barrio Logan, Glashaus Art Studio
      (Barrio Logan Station, Blue Line)
      1815 Main Street, San Diego, 92113
    • Saturday, September 17, 10:00am
      Mission Valley Library Branch
      (Fenton Parkway Station, Green Line)
      2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego, 92108
    • Saturday, September 17, 12:00pm
      24th Street Station, National City
      (Blue Line)
    • Saturday, September 17, 2:00pm
      E Street Trolley Station, Chula Vista
      (Blue Line)


Ashraf Sewailam (Director)

Egyptian born bass Ashraf Sewailam is making his stage director debut with San Diego Opera in this Opera on Track project. He has sung numerous roles on SDO’s mainstage, most recently appearing as Leporello in Don Giovanni in 2015. He will return to the stage in Cinderella in the role of Alidoro. In our Opera on Track production, he sings the role of Don Magnifico.

Ines Irawati (Music Director)

Ms. Irawati is a highly regarded vocal coach and collaborative pianist in San Diego. Currently based at Point Loma Nazarene University as a voice coach for their vocal and opera programs, she has collaborated in chamber music with numerous members of the San Diego Symphony and is pianist and vocal coach for Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices.

The singers in this special production of Rossini’s Cinderella are members of Opera Exposed, San Diego Opera’s university partnership program. This season the singers are either graduates or current students at San Diego State University or Point Loma Nazarene University.

Sopranos:Kelsey Kameraad, Amanda Olea, McKenna Slack, Krista Wilford
Mezzo-Soprano:Kiana Bell
Tenors:Jon Lacayo, Ivan Ochoa
Baritones:Jack French, Radames Gil, Alexis Alfaro, Reno Wilson