Opera Insights Series

Nicolas M. Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and Community Engagement.The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is pleased to partner with the San Diego Opera to present three special events as part of the 61st season of the Library’s Opera Insights Series.  These presentations are part of San Diego Opera's Community Conversations series and will be delivered by Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Director of Education and Community Engagement.

Composer, pianist and arts educator Nicolas Reveles is widely known throughout Southern California as a lecturer in opera, introducing countless numbers of people to this lively art form.

These events are free and open to the public.

RSVPs are encouraged here.


Meet the Composer of Soldier Songs, David T. Little

Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium

Soldier Songs | Photo by Kingmond Young

San Diego Opera is producing Soldier Songs by composer David T. Little, a gripping drama with a libretto made up of reflections on war by veterans who were involved in five major foreign conflicts. Soldier Songs explores the idea versus the realities of the soldier, loss and the exploitation of innocence, and the impossibility of expressing the truth of war. Join Nicolas Reveles in an intimate discussion with the creator of the work, how it was developed, and about the unique style of Little’s music.


Operatic Fairy Tales: Cinderella and La Cenerentola

Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium

Cinderella | Photo by Kingmond Young

Join Mr. Reveles in a free-wheeling discussion of Cinderella, the fairy tale and the opera (Rossini), with Joseph T. Thomas, professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, where he serves as Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Explore with us the history of the tale, a bit about the many operas that use fairy tales as their sources, and the heartfelt meaning of the story and the opera.


Verdi, Young and Old: La Traviata and Falstaff

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Neil Morgan Auditorium

La Traviata and Falstaff | Photo by Kingmond YoungCome join us for a special edition of OperaTalk Live! in a fun and informative discussion of Giuseppe Verdi’s two operatic masterpieces, La Traviata and Falstaff. This is a great opportunity to distinguish between Verdi’s operas in mid-career and the operas of his old age. Presented by Nicolas Reveles and taped live by UCSD-TV, expect some delightful stories, a refreshing look at the art of opera and some wonderful music!


About the Opera Insights Series

The Opera Insights Series prepares opera goers with enjoyable, informative, and engaging sessions about productions in San Diego Opera’s current season. The lectures will be held at the San Diego Central Library in the Neil Morgan Auditorium, located at 330 Park Boulevard, in downtown San Diego.

For more information about the lectures, call the Central Library at 619-236-5800 or visit the Library’s website. For more information about the productions and other San Diego Opera outreach activities, visit the San Diego Opera’s website.