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The inside story of San Diego Opera's demise

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Shocker: San Diego Opera to fold

*I think we must face facts: as a serious culture center, San Diego is a good football town. Best, Don Bauder* Very close to the mark. The overlords here are determined to make this a party town, as low class, coarse and vulgar as possible. I wanted to share a memory with you, Don, since you feel this event personally. As I said in my earlier post, I have never attended the opera, not because I don't appreciate it but because I never had the means. I don't know near as much about it as some of you posting on this thread, but I did listen to the popular bits all my life, in music class, in movies and TV, and watched when they were shown on KPBS. My favorite is Madam Butterfly, now I wished I had made more of an effort to see it when it was staged here. Anyway, the memory I want to share with you is that when my son was in elementary school up in Tierrasanta, at Kumeyaay, I would kill the time during the day volunteering at Logan Elementary, at that time the lowest ranked elementary schools in the district. This was during the Bersin years when all art and music education was banned in favor of compulsory reading and math, and bilingual education was not permitted. I would come in and tutor the Spanish-speaking kids every day. One day as I entered the main building, there was a full house in the room that served as auditorium/cafeteria. All the kids were seated facing the other end of the room where an ensemble from the San Diego Opera was just beginning to perform. I stopped in my tracks and didn't move for the next however long it took them to perform their scene. It. Was. Stunning. The children were mesmerized, as well, and part of my enjoyment was watching these professional singers/actors weave their magic on the audience. I was glad the children were well-behaved and that they enjoyed the performance, but to be honest, more glad that they didn't embarrass me or the school by acting out, and most glad of all that I was there, that I saw opera live, something I'd always wanted to do and here it was right in front of me, something I will never forget. I think the long term remedy is obvious: Bring back music and art education from the youngest grades all the way through to graduation. How that happens, I don't know. But if it doesn't happen, we are doomed.
— March 22, 2014 3:33 p.m.

Mayor Faulconer makes dramatic plea to save San Diego Opera

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Mayor Faulconer makes dramatic plea to save San Diego Opera

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