For Immediate Release: After a four-year hiatus, Opera returns to the Center

Escondido, California — :

With the possible shuttering of the San Diego Opera posed to leave a void in the hearts of local music lovers, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido (the Center) is pleased to present an opportunity for those opera aficionados to continue experiencing the masters of genre on stage.

After a four-year hiatus, opera will return to the Center — better than ever! — and at a time when the operatic market is in serious need of good news.

At 4 p.m. on Sat., May 31, locals are invited to spend an evening reveling in the greatest moments from Grand Opera, as well as beloved melodies of Light Opera. Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the San Diego Opera’s Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, will host the program, which will feature a cast of five international soloists, a full orchestra and the Center Chorale conducted by Dr. Joe Stanford.

Appropriately titled Opera’s Greatest Moments, the concert will showcase highlights from the opera genre — opera’s “greatest hits,” so to speak. This comeback performance is thanks to the generosity of longtime Center donor and supporter, Jean Will, wife of Center board member Bob Will.

Featured on the program are five opera stars: Priti Gandhi, soprano; Robin Buck, baritone; Kristina Driskill, mezzo soprano; Megan Weston, soprano; and Jorge López-Yáñez, tenor.

Priti Gandhi, who opened the Center’s Intimate Classics concert series in October, has frequently sung with the San Diego Opera and joined the company in an administrative capacity last December.

Opera’s Greatest Moments will feature the music of Puccini, Mozart, Bernstein, Lehar, Delibes, Bizet, J. Strauss, Verdi and Gilbert and Sullivan. The evening will include selections from “La Bohème,” “Don Giovanni,” “Candide,” “The Marriage of Figaro,” “Madama Butterfly,” and more.

Tickets are on sale now and available for $17-$29 for Center members and $20-$34 for non-members — a bargain price to see five opera stars in concert!


Attendees are invited to cap off the incredible spring evening with a post-performance gourmet meal under the stars. Guests will dine al fresco in the Center’s beautiful Lyric Courtyard, nestled in the grand architecture of the Concert Hall, and savor a four-course dinner prepared by our award-winning kitchen. The dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. Attendees will have their choice of entrée, and wine is included with the meal. The after-show dinner is available for $50 for Center members and $60 for non-members.

To get their discounted rate, Center members should call the Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. Special group rates for the concert are also available. Those interested should call the Ticket Office for more information. Tickets can also be purchased online at

For images, complete program information, or to view the dinner menu, contact the Center’s media liaison Carissa Marsh at (760) 839-4178 or



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