TASTE OF OPERA 2019-20

Taste of Opera is a fun, interactive, and delicious entrée into the world of opera. Join us for the season kickoff and check back soon for more events being added!

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

Support for the Taste of Opera program is generously provided by Martha and Edward Dennis, Ms. Nicole Forrest, Allison and George Gildred, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald G. Leonardi, Ae Soo Lerche, Laurel McCrink, Eugene and Rebecca Mitchell, John and Dannie Reis, Debbie Sigal, Justin Smith, Paul and Maria Rosa Stanley, Justin Tipp.


The HUB at IDEA1

Women On the Verge…

The Barber of Seville: Opera & Cinema


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April 7, 2020 at 6pm
ADDRESS:The Hub at IDEA1
895 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission is $35.


Join us for a look at how opera influences cinema, and cinema influences opera, when we gather at the IDEA1 Hub Courtyard for a fun evening of opera, food, and movies. We’ll begin with a showing of The Barber of Seville inspired Bugs Bunny classic, The Rabbit of Seville and then continue with a showing of Pedro Almodovar’s classic film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown whose colorful costumes and scenes inspired San Diego Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville which opens April 25, 2020.





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          David Bennett


THE VOICE AS AN INSTRUMENT: How does it work?

Join David Bennett & singers from San Diego Opera


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Thursday April 16, 2020 at 7pm
ADDRESS:Museum of Making Music, 5790 Armada Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008
COST: $25


From the moment we are born we use our voices every day to communicate with the world around us. But have you ever wondered how you make sounds? How your breath, mouth, tongue, lips, and larynx come together create words? And did you know your voice can be the ultimate musical instrument?

Join us at the Museum of Making Music as we learn about the physical and technical mechanics of the voice and how, through music, the voice is capable of a huge variety of depth and expression. Led by San Diego Opera’s General Director (and operatic baritone) David Bennett and singers from San Diego Opera, we’ll experience examples of the unique voice types in classical singing and explore the different sounds and effects that your voice can produce in some fun and educational audience participation exercises.

Event includes delicious light bites and wine.




Past Events


Hansel & Gretel


          Animal Cracker Conspiracy


LJ Community Center

19-20 Taste of Opera Kick-Off

Arias, Puppets & Gingerbread Houses - Oh My!


This event is sold out.



Saturday December 7, 2019 at 3pm
ADDRESS:La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
COST: $25 - Adult, $10 - Child


Gingerbread Houses, puppets, and opera arias - what better way to kick off the holiday season with the whole family!

Enjoy a puppet show from Animal Cracker Conspiracy Puppet Co. and then enjoy a short performance from San Diego Opera singers as they perform excerpts from the opera Hansel & Gretel which San Diego Opera will be presenting in a magical fully-staged production in February. Fun for kids of all ages, we will have gingerbread house kits to build and decorate and take home, that is, if they aren’t eaten beforehand.

Event includes holiday mimosas, winter hot-chocolate and cookies. A gingerbread house kit is available for every attendee

Space is limited. Purchase today!



Reveles and Thomas

Central Library

Hansel & Gretel: Fairy Tale to Opera


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Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 7pm
ADDRESS:San Diego Downtown Public Library, Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Admission is free. Reservations requested.


Join Nicolas Reveles and his guest, Professor Joseph T. Thomas, Jr. (Director of the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, SDSU), in a lively discussion of the roots of the tale of Hansel and Gretel, the Grimm Brothers’ version and the story as it appears in the Humperdinck opera. As always, these two scholars will have much to say about the dark edges of meaning hidden in this familiar story and will give the audience plenty to think about!

Singers from San Diego Opera's Young Artist's Training Program will join us to sing excerpts from the Hansel & Gretel Opera.