City Opera

Music for Story's Sake

CITY OPERA to premiere musical selections from the commissioned piece

Below is the press release by press contact Susan Clausen

 

CITY OPERA to premiere musical selections from the commissioned piece

St. Francis de los Barrios

Joseph Martin Waters, music & Allan Havis, lyrics

presented during the annual NWEAMO Festival

Smith Recital Hall, SDSU School of Music and Dance

Friday, March 17th - 7pm

SAN DIEGO – March 6, 2017 – CITY Opera, San Diego’s newest opera company, has commissioned San Diegans Joseph Martin Waters and Allan Havis to create a new opera based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.  Selections from St. Francis de los Barrios will be presented at the NWEAMO Festival (New West Evolving Arts and Music Organization.) The festival takes place on the campus of SDSU from March 16th - 19th. CITY OPERA singers will perform Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Smith Hall.

Friday, March 17th at 7pm:

CITY Opera with SWARMIUS present St. Francis de los Barrios

Excerpts from the newly commissioned opera, St. Francis de los Barrios, will be showcased in the second program of the NWEAMO festival. This indie-classical, trans-genre rock opera is based on the story of St. Francis of Assisi, updated to present day Tijuana’s red light district zona norte among trans-gender HIV afflicted sex workers living in danger and poverty. Due to homophobia and lack of access to medication there is an HIV and TB epidemic currently raging in this community only a few miles from downtown San Diego. 

With a sweep of magical realism, librettist Allan Havis creates a charismatic, bi-sexual rebel in his mystic Francis. Androgynous, world-weary and himself HIV infected, Francis has started working wonders - curing HIV and healing bullet wounds without medicine. As the Pope is soon expected to see this miraculous young sinner,  a corrupt police force wants Francis de los Barrios silenced. There's a price on his head...

The music, by Joseph Martin Waters,  ranges from gentle, bossa nova ballads, a 6-part profane motet performed by a doo-wop – beach boys infused a cappella street choir, to metal infused tango-from-hell with wobble-bass electronics. It will be performed by CITY Opera singers and SWARMIUS, the San Diego and New York City-based virtuoso indie-classical ensemble.

Vocalists include: Rudy Alexander Giron - countertenor, Sara Perez - soprano & Jack French - baritone. Musicians include; theSWARMIUS Ensemble:  Saximus (Todd Rewoldt - saxophones) Peripateticus (Geoffrey Burleson - piano) Tempus Rhythmicus (Daniel Pate – percussion) Jozefius Rattus (Joseph Martin Waters – electronics) Other musicians include Ian Buss - tenor sax, Bradley Nash - baritone sax, Skyler Digby Mackinnon - trombone, Antarcticus Sean Bassett - electric & classical guitars and Ionosphere Ian Bassett - electric bass.                                         

About CITY Opera - Music for Story’s Sake

City Opera, founded in San Diego in 2014 is spearheaded by Artistic Director, Cynthia Stokes. With a site-specific focus, CITY Opera champions new and contemporary works in English and Spanish, including works by American composers, non-traditional repertoire, and the fundamental reconceptualization of standard operas. CITY Opera tells stories through music that are rooted in our unique citizenry and is dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre - contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century. CITY Opera creates opera productions in a variety of locations throughout the city of San Diego. Itinerant by choice, they seek to reflect San Diegans and their city in a new and positive way through their unique works. St. Francis de los barrios is CITY Opera’s first commission.

About the NWEAMO (New West Evolving Arts and Music Organization) Festival

The San Diego based NWEAMO is dedicated to the promotion of music that involves the creative use of computers and electronics, and to the development of a diverse community of electro-acoustic composers and performers throughout the world. This year marks its 19th annual international festival. Thefestival will feature a combined effort of 30 composers and performers, many of whom who will be traveling to San Diego from diverse corners of the world.  the work that they present will be equally diverse.

CITY Opera’s St. Francis de los barrios -  takes place during the NWEAMO Festival on Friday, March 17th at 7pm at Smith Hall, SDSU. Tickets are$20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/site/calendar 

Directions & Parking:

http://music.sdsu.edu/index.php/about/map

BIOS

Joseph Waters (Music - St. Francis de los barrios) Composer of acoustic, electro-acoustic and interdisciplinary works, Dr. Joseph Waters belongs to the first generation of classicalcomposers that grew up playing in rock bands. These roots coalesce in an expansive aesthetic trajectory exploring connections between European-African hybrid genres such as drum & bass, metal, hip-hop, salsa, reggae, be-bop, ragtime, etc. with Euro-centric classical and Gypsy music. Waters performs on laptop in SWARMIUS ensemble, with SDSU Professor

SAXIMUS (aka Todd Rewoldt — classical saxophone) and world class virtuoso instrumentalists and singers. Together, the members of SWARMIUS create a hip classical music of the present, combining the harmonic, contrapuntal and formal sophistication of the European masters with the rhythmic subtlety and complexity of the African masters. SWARMIUS performs Waters’ compositions globally and has music available on iTunes, Pandora, Amazon etc. Waters is Professor of Music and Coordinator of Composition Studies — Acoustic and Electro-Acoustic, and runs the Electronic Music Studio, the Digital Recording Facility, and the Computer Lab. He is Artistic Director of NWEAMO (New-West Electronic Arts & Music Organization). NWEAMO organizes an annual international electro-acoustic festival whose aim is to foster connections between the classical electro-acoustic avant-garde community and the community of experimental composers.

Allan Havis (lyrics - St. Francis de los barrios) received an MFA from Yale and has had his plays produced across the country and overseas, including San Diego Rep, Long Wharf, South Coast Rep, American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Rowholt Theater-Verlag (German Radio). Works commissioned by England's Chichester Festival, Sundance, San Diego Rep, South Coast Rep, Mixed Blood, Malashock Dance, Carolina Chamber Chorale. Nineteen published plays: Penguin/Mentor, Theatre Communications Group, Broadway Play Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books. University of Illinois Press published his “American Political Plays”. Harper/Collins published his novel “Albert the Astronomer”. His book Cult Films” was published 2008. In 2010, Southern Illinois University Press published “American Political Plays, Post 9/11”. In collaboration with renowned composer Anthony Davis, his play “Lilith” was reimagined as an opera, premiering as a recital at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall 2009 and staged at Qualcomm Institute/Calit2, 2015. His second opera with Anthony Davis, “Lear on the 2nd Floor”, was showcased at Princeton in 2012 and staged at Conrad Prebys Music Center, 2013. Recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Kennedy Center/American Express, CBS, HBO, National Endowment for the Arts Awards, San Diego Theatre Critics Circle 2003 Outstanding New Play for “Nuevo California” and San Diego’s 2008 Patté Best Play award for “The Tutor”. He teaches theatre at UC San Diego.

Cynthia Stokes (Artistic Director, CITY Opera) has devoted her professional career to creating provocative and thrilling opera productions across America. She is the Artistic Director of San Diego CITY Opera, San Diego’s newest opera company dedicated to encourage San Diegans to see their community in new positive ways by presenting opera in site-specific locations throughout the city. CITY Opera’s first production, “Queen of Carthage” was part of La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival in 2015. This spring she staged Dominic Argento’s song cycle “The Andrée Expedition with three singers in an abandoned factory. Upcoming productions include: “Rigoletto for Opera Las Vegas; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Mendelssohn) for Mainly Mozart; “Cenerentola” and “La hija de Rappaccini” for Alamo City Opera; an untitled improvisational opera for New York’s Rhymes with Opera; and “Glory Denied” for San Diego CITY Opera. Other credits include: Piedmont Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera San Jose, Glimmerglass Opera, San Diego Opera; Opera Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Opera. Ms. Stokes is currently on faculty at The Taos Opera Institute. She has an M.F.A. in Directing from UC San Diego.

Press Contact: Susan Clausen * CLAUSEN COMMUNICATIONS *  619-933-0038 * theatersusan@gmail.com

"The Andrée Expedition" Tickets Available Now

Exciting news! Tickets are now available for our production of "The Andrée Expedition", by Dominick Argento.

April 1, 2, and 3 at Bread and Salt in Barrio Logan
1955 Julian Ave
San Diego, California

Based on true events, "The Andrêe Expedition" tells the story of Andrée, Strindberg, and Frænkel, who began their trip to the North Pole in a hot air balloon on July 11, 1897. Their records break off three months later. Thirty-three years later their bodies were discovered and returned to Sweden, at which time the diaries and notebooks of Andrée and Strindberg were published: most of the text for this cycle is taken directly from them.  A harrowing and tragic tale of spirit, love, and doom, "The Andrêe Expedition" brings to light the uncertain explorer in all of us.

"Queen of Carthage" Tickets Available Now

Exciting news! Tickets are now available for our inaugural production of "Queen of Carthage".

Based on the opera "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell, "Queen of Carthage" features a new libretto by Co-Artistic Director Cory Hibbs and is produced in association with the La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (Wow) Festival. Students receive $5 off and there are discounts for purchasing ticket packages to other WoW festival shows.

Head on over to www.wowfestival.org to purchase your tickets today.

San Diego gets new opera company

City Opera will debut as part of La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls Festival

By James Chute | 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

 

San Diego has a new opera company: City Opera.

Founded by director Cynthia Stokes and composer, writer and performer Cory Hibbs, the “artist driven” company will make its debut Oct. 9-11 on the UC San Diego campus as part of the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival.

As part of the festival, City Opera will present “Queen of Carthage,” a “re-imagining” by Hibbs of Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” The production will retain Purcell’s music and feature a new libretto by Hibbs.

The fledgling company has also planned a Dec. 11-13 production of “The Andrée Expedition” based on music by Dominick Argento at Bread & Salt in Logan Heights, and a Spring, 2016 production of Robert X. Rodriguez’s “La Curandera” at a venue to be determined.

“The work we selected for this first season reflects our passion for championing new and contemporary works in English, works by American composers, nontraditional repertoire, and fundamental re-conceptualizations of standard operas,” said Hibbs in a statement. “This is a very different model for presenting live performance. City Opera is building community by inviting diverse audiences to attend exciting, intimate, and cutting-edge productions mounted in locations throughout San Diego.”

Hibbs teaches at SDSU, where he earned his bachelors degree in composition and vocal performance before earning graduate degrees from Boston University (in composition) and the Peabody Conservatory (in music theory and composition). 

Stokes has an MFA in directing from UC San Diego and has been associated with the La Jolla Playhouse and other local theaters. In addition, she’s frequently directed regional opera and theater companies including Opera San Jose, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the now defunct San Antonio Opera.

“City Opera tells stories through music that are rooted in San Diego’s unique citizenry and promotes opera as a living and essential art form, which provokes, thrills and transforms human lives,” said Stokes. “As a parent, I want my family to have great cultural experiences. City Opera’s productions have a price point that family audiences can afford.”

City Opera’s inaugural season is in part underwritten by Allianz Global Investors.

More information: sdcityopera.org

CITY Opera Announces First Season: Inaugural Production to Unveil in October at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WoW) Festival

SAN DIEGO, CA - CITY Opera, a new, artist-driven opera company in San Diego, kicks off its inaugural season in the fall of 2015 at La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WoW) Festival. 

Founded by acclaimed stage and opera director, Cynthia Stokes, and award-winning composer, performer, and writer, Cory Hibbs, CITY Opera is dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre at an affordable price.

CITY Opera’s season will consist of three productions, producing in different locations throughout the city. 

FALL: October 9-11, 2015 - UCSD Campus

Queen of Carthage is a re-imagining of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. With music by Purcell and a new libretto by Cory Hibbs, Queen of Carthage will be performed as a part of the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls (WoW) festival.

WINTER: December 11-13, 2015 - Bread and Salt, Barrio Logan 

Based on a song cycle by Dominick Argento, The Andrée Expedition is the true story of three men taking a hot air ballon to the North Pole.

SPRING: Dates & Location TBA 

Rounding out the season will be the opera La Curandera by Robert X. Rodriguez. With a libretto by Mary Medrick’s, La Curandera  is a fast paced adventure story filled with mysterious phone calls, jealousy, mistaken identities, and the healing power of true love. 

All works are in English. 

“The work we selected for this first season reflects our passion for championing new and contemporary works in English, works by American composers, non-traditional repertoire, and fundamental re-conceptualizations of standard operas,” says co-artistic director Cory Hibbs. “This is a very different model for presenting live performance. CITY Opera is building community by inviting diverse audiences to attend exciting, intimate, and cutting-edge productions mounted in locations throughout San Diego.”

“CITY Opera tells stories through music that are rooted in San Diego’s unique citizenry and promotes opera as a living and essential art form, which provokes, thrills and transforms human lives,” adds co-artistic director Cynthia Stokes. “As a parent, I want my family to have great cultural experiences. CITY Opera’s productions have a price point that family audiences can afford.”

CITY Opera thanks Allianz Global Investors for being a season sponsor and asks all San Diegans to help support a vibrant arts community by becoming a CITY Opera donor. 

For more information visit CITY Opera’s website at www.sdcityopera.org, or their social media outlets: Twitter (@SDCityOpera) Facebook (facebook.com/sdcityopera) and Instagram (@SDCityOpera). 

CITY Opera To Premiere Inaugural Production at the La Jolla Playhouse's Without Walls (WoW) Festival

Below is the press release from the La Jolla Playhouse.

LA JOLLA PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES PROJECTS FOR 2015 WITHOUT WALLS (WoW) FESTIVAL, AN EXHILARATING WEEKEND OF IMMERSIVE AND SITE-BASED WORK, TAKING PLACE OCTOBER 9 – 11

RENOWNED LOCAL COMPANIES, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS COLLABORATE WITH PLAYHOUSE FOR COMMUNITY-WIDE, BIENNIAL BARRIER-BREAKING EVENT

La Jolla, CA – La Jolla Playhouse, nationally-renowned for its commitment to the development of new work and new theatrical forms, is pleased to announce the projects and collaborators for its second Without Walls (WoW) Festival taking place October 9 – 11.

“Our inaugural Without Walls Festival in 2013 exceeded our wildest expectations, demonstrating that San Diego audiences continue to have a voracious appetite for one-of-a-kind experiences that transform our customary idea of theatre,” said Artistic Director Christopher Ashley.

Ashley continued, “Across the theatre landscape, the relationship between the audience and the art is changing, and immersive theatre is taking place out in the world, playing with boundaries and experimenting with form. The audience is right in the middle of the action, creating a singular event that truly engages and surprises. The Playhouse continues to stand at the leading edge of this burgeoning trend with our Without Walls program, and this year’s Festival welcomes even more collaborators to the table, with projects by some of our favorite local companies, as well as national and international artists, creating a spectacular three-day, community-wide celebration of immersive and site-inspired work.”

The 2015 WoW Festival will showcase more than 20 events occurring simultaneously in and around the UC San Diego/La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District. This year’s event boasts numerous collaborations with renowned San Diego theatre and dance companies, along with several national and international artists, including Liz Lerman, Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, Ion Theatre, City Opera, Animal Cracker Conspiracy, Fern Street Circus, THE TRIP, ArtPower, Patricia Rincon Dance Collective in association with Switzerland’s Drift Company, along with Canada’s CORPUS, Pittsburgh’s Bricolage Production Company, San Francisco’s Ubuntu Theatre Project in association with San Diego REPertory Theatre, Los Angeles’ Chalk Repertory Theatre, and a return of Moving Arts’ highly-popular The Car Plays. The Festival will also feature several projects by UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance faculty, students and alumni. Additional projects, along with performance times, locations and ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Similar to the acclaimed 2013 Festival, this exciting event will serve as a cultural and artistic hub, including a vibrant central Festival Village, where patrons can gather to enjoy food truck fare, relax in the beer garden, hear free acoustic music performances and share Festival experiences. The Festival will also include a Family Day on Saturday, October 10, with several hands-on, family-friendly programs presented by the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum and the Timken Museum.

Since its inception in 2009, Without Walls has become one of San Diego’s most popular and acclaimed performance programs. This signature Playhouse initiative is designed to break the barriers of traditional theatre. Over the last six years, the Playhouse has been commissioning and presenting a series of immersive and site-specific productions at locations throughout the San Diego community, including Susurrus (2010), The Car Plays: San Diego (2011), Sam Bendrix at the Bon Soir (2012), Accomplice: San Diego (2013), El Henry (2014) and, most recently, The Grift at the Lafayette Hotel (2015). Underscoring the theatre’s mission of providing “unfettered creative opportunities for the leading artists of today and tomorrow,” coupled with the idea that the Playhouse is defined by the work it creates, not the space in which it is performed, WoW is designed to offer theatrical experiences that venture beyond the physical confines of the Playhouse’s facilities.

Festival productions will go on sale in August and will feature a mix of free ticketed events. For more information on programming and artists, visit lajollaplayhouse.org/wowfestival.

Queen of Carthage (World Premiere Adaptation) Produced by City Opera
Queen of Carthage is a contemporary re-imagining of Henry Purcell’s Baroque opera Dido and Aeneas, directed by Cynthia Stokes. Set in a grove of trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the new libretto by Cory Hibbs delves into Dido’s self-sabotage in spite of Aeneas’ love for her. The words and music combine to tell a story of betrayal, obsession and jealousy.

CITY Opera (Queen of Carthage), led by Co-Artistic Directors Cory Hibbs and Cynthia Stokes, is a new, artist-driven opera company in San Diego dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century.

At UC San Diego, innovation and creativity are central to who they are and what they do. Students learn that knowledge isn’t just acquired in the classroom – life is their laboratory. UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News & World Report and ranked number one in the nation for public service by Washington Monthly. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, UC San Diego Theatre & Dance has been one of the top-ranked theater programs in the country for more than a decade. Training is imaginative, eclectic and interdisciplinary. The department does not believe there can be – or should be – one approach to making work. UC San Diego shapes minds, changes lives, launches industries and builds the future...one student, one discovery and one achievement at a time. theatre.ucsd.edu

The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist residencies and commissions, including BD Wong, Daniel Beaty and Kirsten Greenidge. Currently led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff, La Jolla Playhouse has had 25 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 35 Tony Awards, among them Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who’s Tommy, Big River, as well as Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage Program. Visit LaJollaPlayhouse.org.

CITY Opera Audition Announcement

CITY Opera seeks professional singer/actors for their inaugural 2015/16 season. 

CITY Opera is a new opera company in San Diego dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century. We champions new and contemporary works in English, works by American composers, non-traditional repertoire, and fundamental re-conceptualizations of standard operas. With an emphasis on community building, we tell stories through music that are rooted in our unique citizenry.

CITY Opera seeks singer/actors for the following roles and productions. 

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location: Rhapsody Hall (M113), Music Building, SDSU

What to prepare: A Baroque aria in English and one other selection of your choice, also in English. For men who would like to audition for both productions, your second selection must be a Contemporary Art Song or Aria in English.

Contact: Please contact Co-Artistic Director Cory Hibbs at coryhibbs@sdcityopera.org to set up an audition time. People without an audition time will be seen only at the directors discretion, time permitting.

Note: These are paid. professional positions. CITY Opera seeks not only outstanding singers, but also dynamic actors who can tell compelling stories through music. Please see our website for more information, www.sdcityopera.org.

Queen of Carthage

“Queen of Carthage” is a re-imaginging of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas”. With music by Purcell and a new libretto by Cory Hibbs.

Rehearsals September 19 - October 7. 

Performances October 9, 10, and 11.

Roles: 

Dido, Queen of Carthage (Mezzo-soprano/Soprano, mid 30s - 40s) Dido contemplates suicide but is saved by her love for Aeneas. However, she unknowingly sabotages her love through magic by becoming the Sorceress. Looking for a dynamic singer/actress who can sing both the role of Dido and the Sorceress. 

Belinda (Soprano, 20s) Belinda is Dido’s younger, well-meaning sister. Her only family and best friend.

Aeneas (Baritone/Tenor, late 40s-50s) Aeneas is Dido’s love. A world-weary solider looking for a place to call home, he sees salvation in Dido.

Man Servant (Tenor, 20s) Belinda’s childhood friend and son of one of the servants, he is now her personal secretary. He is gay, flamboyant, and overly dramatic. 

Handmaid 1 (Soprano) Dido’s servant and her partner in magic. 

Handmaid 2 (Mezzo-soprano) Dido’s servant and her partner in magic. 

Soliders and Courtiers (SATB)

The Andrée Expedition

Based on a true story about three men who take a hot air ballon to the north pole, “The Andrée Expedition” by Dominick Argento is a song-cycle being fully-staged as an operatic production.

Rehearsals TBA. 

Performances December 11, 12, and 13.

Strindberg (Baritone) - Young, “A latter-day Don Quixote”, Romantic, Optimistic.

Frænkel (Baritone) - Lost, Realist, Uncertain of why he chose to go on the expedition. Powerfully Observant.

Andrée (Baritone) - Seeking Glory, Headstrong, Certain, The leader of the expedition.

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We aren't going to ask you for money (yet), but we are going to ask for a favor, please. City Opera has exciting things planned for our inaugural 2015/16 season we can't wait to share.

CITY Opera is a new, artist-driven opera company in San Diego dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century. We promote opera as a living and essential art form, which provokes, thrills and transforms human lives. CITY Opera champions new and contemporary works in English, works by American composers, non-traditional repertoire, and fundamental re-conceptualizations of standard operas. With an emphasis on community building, we tell stories through music that are rooted in our unique citizenry.

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Thank you for your support and enthusiasm. Be sure to visit our website for more information.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Stokes, Co-Artistic Director
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Cory Hibbs, Co-Artistic Director
coryhibbs@sdcityoepra.org

Allianz Global Investors Becomes City Opera's Inaugural Season Sponsor

Allianz Global Investors has become City Opera's Inaugural Season Sponsor. With a generous gift, Allianz and City Opera form a partnership that insures San Diego will have exciting and innovative opera in the year to come. 

City Opera would like to express it's deepest thanks to Allianz Global Investors and looks forward to building community in San Diego through the shared experience of opera. 

Allianz Global Investors, is one of the leading financial services provider worldwide. Founded in 1890, Allianz has more than one hundred years of asset management expertise to its name. Today, Allianz Global Investors is a united global investment management group encompassing a broad and distinct range of investment capabilities.

City Opera is a new, artist-driven opera company in San Diego dedicated to building community by turning beautiful music into stunning theatre and contributing to the dynamic reimagining of opera in America for the 21st century.