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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, or their social media outlets: Twitter (@SDCityOpera) Facebook ( and Instagram (@SDCityOpera).