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Opera Insights Series

The San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common is pleased to announce the 2019-20 Opera Insights Series schedule. The Opera Insights Series is a series of free lectures for the community and opera goers by San Diego's opera scholars, with enlightening and entertaining presentations that focus on productions in San Diego Opera's upcoming season and more.

About the Lecturers

Composer, pianist, arts educator, and Principal San Diego Opera Lecturer Dr. Nicolas Reveles is widely known throughout Southern California, introducing countless numbers of people to this lively art form.
Pianist Ines Irawati is Music and Artistic Director of San Diego Opera's Young Artist Training Program as well as its community outreach concert series, Opera Exposed! Concerts.
Opera Insights Series events are free and open to the public and are held in the Neil Morgan Auditorium.


Photo of Nic Reveles and Inez Irawati


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The Central Park Five: A Conversation with Composer Anthony Davis
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 3:00 p.m.
Presented by UC San Diego Extension in partnership with the Opera Insights Series.

Opera News has called UC San Diego Music Professor Anthony Davis, “A National Treasure,” for his pioneering work in opera. His important contributions also extend to chamber, choral and orchestral music as well as improvised music and jazz. His six operas include works centered on recent historical figures Malcolm X and Patty Hearst. His latest opera, The Central Park Five, an exploration of the infamous wrongful conviction of five teenagers of color in NYC in the 1980s, premiered at the Long Beach Opera in 2019 to international acclaim. Join us for a conversation with Anthony Davis, conducted by UCSD Music professor emeritus Cecil Lytle, exploring the genesis of The Central Park Five and the artist’s duty to reflect on important social and political issues of the day.

Free event, but please reserve at:


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Taste of Opera: A Panel Discussion of Hansel & Gretel 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
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.
Free event, but please reserve at:

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Opera Exposed! Directed by Ines Irawati
Sunday, April 26 , 2020 @ 2:30 p.m.
Opera Exposed! is a community engagement concert series featuring San Diego Opera's Young Artist Training Program members. These exceptional young artists bring engaging and exciting performances of dramatically charged excerpts from operatic repertoire throughout San Diego. This concert will also feature highlights and discussion of SD Opera’s upcoming performance of The Barber of Seville and The Falling and the Rising.  Indonesian pianist and coach Ines Irawati is Music and Artistic Director.

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.

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