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Singing the praises of Southern California opera companies

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In the wake of what may or may not be the demise of the San Diego Opera, local and regional opera companies continue to keep audiences entertained. With the future of the 50-year-old San Diego Opera in question, opera companies small and large are prepared to fill the potential void.

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While not exactly a stone’s throw from San Diego, fans of grand opera who are troubled by the loss of their opera company can be assured that the Los Angeles Opera and the Long Beach Opera are still up and running. Productions by both of these fine companies are worth the drive.

Relatively new to the local scene, the Pacific Opera Project is presenting innovative productions in interesting venues throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Ticket prices are extremely reasonable for these excellent productions that are worthy of a much higher admission.

The beautiful Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park is home to Center Stage Opera. In addition to a regular season of productions, Center Stage Opera offers an educational outreach program, a vocal competition and special Dinner & Song Night events.

Celebrating a fifth season based in Pomona, the Repertory Opera Company has been keeping fans entertained for eight seasons with full productions and special concert events. The somewhat intimate First Christian Church setting is home for the well-established company.

Other companies that are keeping the singing alive are the Independent Opera Company, Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera and Redlands Opera Theatre. Readers are welcome to add to this list in the comments section, below.

An apparent San Diego Opera counter closure campaign is in the works. Follow its progress at www.twitter.com/SaveSDOpera.

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