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San Diego Opera 2023 Gala

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Gala Chairs Veronica and Miguel Leff and Diana and Eli Lombrozo cordially invite you to San Diego Opera’s 2023 Gala.

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine

Recognition on the Honorary Committee begins as the $1,000 level. Commitment is needed by 4/7/23.

San Diego Opera’s annual gala supports all of the San Diego Opera’s productions, education programs, and community engagement initiatives. We thank you for your generous contributions!

For more information or to make reservations, please contact sdopera.org/2023gala or call Patron Services at 619-533-7000.

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Life Sciences Night

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle, San Diego

Life Sciences Night at the Opera featuring San Diego Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca.

An elegant event that brings together the leaders of San Diego’s Life Sciences industry to enjoy world-class opera and high-level networking. Special guest speaker and other notable industry leaders.

2022 Event Co-Chairs

Joe Panetta, President / CEO Biocom California – the largest regional life science association in the world
Sara Zaknoen, MD, SD Opera Board Member, President Zed Strategic Consulting

Pre-Opera Reception: 5:30 – 7:00pm | Westin Gaslamp
Tickets are $150 per person for this portion of the evening

Opera Performance: 7:30pm | San Diego Civic Theatre
Ticket pricing for the performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca is available here

Receive Subscriber pricing on opera performance tickets with the purchase of tickets to the pre-opera networking event

VIP Intermission Hospitality | Civic Theatre Concourse, Reception Tent
Included in purchase of performance tickets

El Festival de Frida y Diego

(The Festival of Frida and Diego)

October 2022

Sherry and Kevin Ahern
Robert H. Kaplan and Marina Baroff
Neil Malmquist and Scott Crispell

World Premiere Festival Sponsors

Ahead of the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego), San Diego Opera has planned a special lead-up series of events. In partnership with UCSD Park & Market, SDO will host concerts, lectures and panel discussions throughout the month of October. Join us at the newly opened UCSD Park & Market in East Village (1100 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101) as we explore the lives of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera through music, art and politics.

Lecture with Gregorio Luke – “Frida and Diego: An Artistic Marriage”

Monday, October 3, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Explore the politics, economics, and art in the time of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, drawing on the expertise of UCSD Mexican Studies faculty and featured speaker Gregorio Luke, former Director of the Museum of Latin American Art. This lecture presents a portrait of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, with more than 300 slides of their paintings, photographs, and rare film footage.

The free lecture will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s Guggenheim Theatre. RSVP required.

Gregorio Luke is a lecturer, author, and specialist in Mexican Art and Culture. He is the former Consul of Cultural Affairs for the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Deputy Director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington D.C., and First Secretary of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C.

The Songs of Frida Kahlo (Las canciones de Frida Kahlo)

Did you know that Frida Kahlo loved to sing? Enjoy a 50-minute concert featuring singers and guitarists as we dive into the musical world Frida Kahlo with selections of her favorite songs from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Musical works include opera favorites, popular songs like “La Llorona,” “La bruja”, and “Puttin’ On the Ritz,” and much more!

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Tickets are $20. The concert will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s Guggenheim Theatre.

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Free. The concert will be held at Chula Vista Public Library Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are $10 for the General Public and $5 for Students. The concert will be held at the Southwestern College Performing Arts Center. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.

Who were Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo? (¿Quienes fueron Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo?)

Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Witness an in-person conversation between Diego Rivera’s grandson, Juan Coronel Rivera and Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director of the San Diego Museum of Art. These two experts will discuss the tumultuous relationship between the two iconic artists from Mexico, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Their passions and resentments, adoration and pain were sources of inspiration for the world premiere of El último sueño de Frida y Diego (The Last Dream of Frida and Diego). Rivera and Velasquez will connect themes and images from the new opera to Diego Rivera’s mural Un domingo en la Alameda and the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos.

This is a free event. The conversation will be held inside UCSD Park & Market’s Guggenheim Theatre. RSVP required.

FRIDA (2002)

Directed by Julie Taymor
Starring Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo
Film Screenings at the Digital Gym Cinema

Located on UCSD Park & Market’s campus, the Digital Gym Cinema will present three showings of Frida (2002). This film is a biography of painter Frida Kahlo, and her encounter with the personalities of her time. Despite being confined to a wheelchair as a result of polio, operations and amputations, she channels her pain into her work.

For more information or tickets, visit https://digitalgym.org/movies/frida/.

October 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm
October 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm
October 16, 2022 at 3:00 pm

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