Funding for this program has been provided, in part, by The County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.

Gritty Streets and Sensual Beats in
Maria de Buenos Aires

Bonita Trio, Tango Demonstration and Dance Class

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ADDRESS: Tango del Rey, 3567 Del Rey Street, San Diego, Ca 92109
COST: $40 per person
PARKING: Two free parking lots available on either side of Tango del Rey. Free street parking also.

Gritty and surreal is the style of Piazolla’s opera Maria de Buenos Aires. Sensual and dynamic is the language of the Argentine tango. We bring them together in the unmistakably unique venue of Tango del Rey – a current day Milanga. You’ll be immersed in the sounds of The Bonita Trio as they perform a few examples of Piazzolla's tango-inspired music to get us into the mood and Dr. Nic will regale you with the highlights as you enjoy a glass of or wine or beer and light hors d’oeuvres. Then we’ll be treated to a tango demonstration and class where you can practice what you learn on the dance floor. The club will be open after our event so you can dance the night away - Vamos a bailar!

The Origins of Turandot

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ADDRESS: San Diego Downtown Public Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
COST:Free but reservations are requested
PARKING: In library lot or free street parking.

Ever wonder where did the story of the ice princess Turandot come from? Many point to an 18th century play by Carlo Gozzi but it is, in fact, much older than that! Children’s literature and folktale expert Joseph Thomas, professor of literature at SDSU, will join Dr. Nic for an in-depth conversation about the story and its origins that is sure to delight. Among other surprises, learn about Khutulun, the wrestler princess and why she kept her suitors at bay! A member of SDO’s Opera Exposed program will join us to sing excerpts from the Puccini score. Light refreshments will be served.

Puccini and Persia: A Celebration of Art and Culture

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ADDRESS: San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego, Ca 92102
COST: VIP tour and reception $55 per person (limited capacity); Reception only $45 per person
PARKING: Various free parking lots around Balboa Park

Turandot is a story with deep Persian roots with detours through China and Italy and the San Diego Museum of Art’s Asian collection has unique connections to this story. Puccini’s opera Turandot is truly a synthesis of the art and culture of that ‘Silk Road’ and its vastly differently cultures. We have two ways for you to deepen your knowledge and appreciation of this magical tale. Take a VIP tour with Asian Collection Curator Diana Chou and Dr. Nic Reveles and join us for a reception that follows or just join us for the reception. Reception will feature a conversation between these two experts, light hors d’oeuvres, wine and Modern Times beer and special performance by Angel Joy Blue, who is making her SDO debut performance in Turandot as Liù. The Asian Art Collection will be open for guests to enjoy during the reception.

Storytelling, Magical Realism, and Florencia

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ADDRESS: La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Boulevard, La Jolla, Ca 92037
COST: $20 per person
PARKING: Free valet parking available. Free street parking available also.

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories, often with improvisation or embellishment. Magical realism is a literary, artistic and cinematic technique that surrounds us every day and merges fantastic or mythical elements with realistic ones. These two important artistic components merge in Florencia en el Amazonas, specifically because the libretto is heavily influenced by the writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Join Dr. Nicolas Reveles and William Nericcio, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU, in a unique evening that will explore the use of magical realism in the storytelling. As a part of this event, soprano Michelle Law from our Opera Exposed program will sing an excerpt from Florencia en el Amazonas. Don’t miss the mix and mingle pre-event reception with light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and Modern Times beer.

What in the world is Magical Realism? A Hands-On Paint and Wine Event

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ADDRESS: Pinot’s Palette, 2820 Roosevelt Road #106, San Diego, Ca 92106
COST: $50 per person
PARKING: Free parking in various lots in Liberty Station and free street parking available also.

Magical realism is a literary, artistic and cinematic technique that surrounds us every day and merges fantastic or mythical elements with realistic ones. SDO’s Florencia en el Amazonas is influenced by the magical realism writings of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and now you can try your hand at this magical style of painting at Pinot’s Palette and leave with your painted masterpiece. We’ll get your creative juices flowing with a glass of wine or beer, light hors d’oeuvres, and a look into the sights and sounds of Daniel Catan’s opera presented by Dr. Nicolas Reveles. Color this one of our funnest events to date!

Past Events

Pirates, Pizza & A Pint

ADDRESS: Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego, Ca 92101
COST: $30 per person
PARKING: Free street parking after 6pm; Paid parking lot across the street from Mission Brewery

You’ll get your fill of all three at this night of food, drink and song at Mission Brewery. Join Dr. Nic and baritone Michael Sokol for a rambunctious experience of the comic delights of Gilbert & Sullivan. Sokol has vast experience in singing and directing the G&S repertoire and with Dr. Nic at the keyboard, they will he will give us a close-up look at The Pirates of Penzance and other works from these English masters. We’ll even have the chance to sing along and find out what ‘topsy-turvy’ really means! Includes one Mission Brewery beer (with a pirate name!) and pizza by Red Oven Pizza.