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Mayor Faulconer makes dramatic plea to save San Diego Opera

"Cincinnati has an opera, people. Cincinnati."

SD Opera Director Campbell: "We had planned to go out with grace and dignity. Then we remembered where we lived."
SD Opera Director Campbell: "We had planned to go out with grace and dignity. Then we remembered where we lived."

Just one day after San Diego Opera announced that it would be ceasing operations at the close of its season, a visibly shaken Mayor Faulconer called a special public session of the City Council to discuss possible ways to save the seemingly doomed institution.

"Between costumers, musicians, singers, set designers, makeup artists, hairstylists, publicists, theater technicians, acting coaches, and who knows what else, the San Diego Opera employs or supports some 1,000, um, 'creative types,'" said Faulconer. "Without the opera, where will these people go? I'll tell you where: San Francisco. Or New York. Or, God help us, Los Angeles. I do not want to be the mayor who presided over the great Hillcrest diaspora. We cannot consider ourselves a world-class city without a thriving, how do I put this, 'enclave for alternative lifestyles.' "

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But while several members of the Council nodded gravely in agreement, no ideas for saving the opera were forthcoming. Finally, Faulconer himself bleated, "Look, I know what you're all thinking. We need to be putting every dime we can spare toward the new stadium for the Chargers. But I don't know — maybe we could find some way to incorporate the opera company into the new stadium deal or something. You know, add a stage at one end, let 'em put on a show once in a while. Between Junior Seau's suicide, Norv Turner's bizarre longevity, and the whole 'seduced by Los Angeles' scenario, there's got to be something you could build a tragedy around. And hey — what about all the freaks who come here in costumes for Comic-Con? You know they'd be able to do something funny with that. Didn't they make a hit musical out of Spider-Man on Broadway? Well, there you go."

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SD Opera Director Campbell: "We had planned to go out with grace and dignity. Then we remembered where we lived."
SD Opera Director Campbell: "We had planned to go out with grace and dignity. Then we remembered where we lived."

Just one day after San Diego Opera announced that it would be ceasing operations at the close of its season, a visibly shaken Mayor Faulconer called a special public session of the City Council to discuss possible ways to save the seemingly doomed institution.

"Between costumers, musicians, singers, set designers, makeup artists, hairstylists, publicists, theater technicians, acting coaches, and who knows what else, the San Diego Opera employs or supports some 1,000, um, 'creative types,'" said Faulconer. "Without the opera, where will these people go? I'll tell you where: San Francisco. Or New York. Or, God help us, Los Angeles. I do not want to be the mayor who presided over the great Hillcrest diaspora. We cannot consider ourselves a world-class city without a thriving, how do I put this, 'enclave for alternative lifestyles.' "

As ever, KPBS has the news you can use.

But while several members of the Council nodded gravely in agreement, no ideas for saving the opera were forthcoming. Finally, Faulconer himself bleated, "Look, I know what you're all thinking. We need to be putting every dime we can spare toward the new stadium for the Chargers. But I don't know — maybe we could find some way to incorporate the opera company into the new stadium deal or something. You know, add a stage at one end, let 'em put on a show once in a while. Between Junior Seau's suicide, Norv Turner's bizarre longevity, and the whole 'seduced by Los Angeles' scenario, there's got to be something you could build a tragedy around. And hey — what about all the freaks who come here in costumes for Comic-Con? You know they'd be able to do something funny with that. Didn't they make a hit musical out of Spider-Man on Broadway? Well, there you go."

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Stop it, my stomach hurts from laughing!!!

March 20, 2014

Walter - how old are you?

March 20, 2014

Old enough to know better, alas.

March 20, 2014

The usual drivel. But the graphic is excellent.

March 20, 2014

Drivel? Uh, no. It's superb, witty and very funny satirical commentary. Some readers just don't get it, apparently.

March 20, 2014

Why thank you, KLo. "The usual drivel" was this close to being the column's name, but we wanted more local flavor.

March 20, 2014

Almost factual is quite in line with what passes for news around here.

March 21, 2014

It is easy, too easy, to mistake Mencken's work for real news, and real news for satire. Many, many Reader headlines, especially, seem too weird to be true, and are true. And some of the headlines on almost factual news look perfectly reasonable. San Diego is the city where it is impossible to separate reality from satire.

March 23, 2014

That's the god's truth. Even now I click on a headline thinking it may be a real story only to find it is a Mencken thing. He is very funny, but the state of this town is exactly what Visduh describes...and Matt Potter...and Don Bauder...and Dorian Hargrove...and Dave Rice. But aside from the venal politics, we've got great performing arts to take our minds off our troubles. Well, minus the Opera now, but still....

March 26, 2014

Mencken's pieces always have this written statement above them: "SD on the QT: Almost Factual News" So how can anyone be fooled, and think it is a real story? It baffles me.

March 27, 2014

You may be on to something here.

March 21, 2014

The City gives enough money to the wealthy social events. If the Opera can not support itself it should not exist.

March 21, 2014

All civilized nations support the arts. Notice I said civilized.

March 21, 2014

The sky is not falling, just because a moldy opera company bites the dust. The arts are doing just fine in this nation.

March 24, 2014

You are dead wrong, dwbat: it is/was not a moldy opera company. Only troglodytes and philistines (look 'em up) say things like this. Going to the San Diego Opera is/was a great experience.

March 26, 2014

That's your opinion, and the name-calling is inappropriate. And I don't need to "look 'em up" as I'm a lifelong professional writer (and former spelling bee champ at my middle school).

March 27, 2014

And if the citizens aren't "Civilized," then the elites will force them to be by subsidizing it with tax money,

March 24, 2014

Late News Update: Mayor Faulconer made an exciting and surprising announcement this morning regarding Operagate. A famous "opera" company has agreed to open a West Coast venue in San Diego, and will present regular shows beginning in 2015. This San Diego Civic signage mockup was shown at his press conference.

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March 21, 2014
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March 21, 2014

Nail, meet Mr. Hammerhead. Easy to identify the source of the guano, because it's consistently green, as in the color of envy. Laughing out loud, Klo.

March 21, 2014

The first show of this promising 2015 season has been announced. It will star Reba McEntire, reprising her Broadway role of Annie Oakley in Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun." Surf to www.GrandOleOpryWestinSanDiego.com for tickets!

March 27, 2014

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