When it comes to planning outreach by the organizations in San Diego’s performing arts community,  John Russell is not afraid to think outside the box. As Conductor and Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale, this Saturday (May 4) Russell is taking his chorus down to  Chula Vista to perform for  elementary students–and their parents and friends–from the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

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A recent “Carmen” production in Florence, Italy had Carmen kill her stalker Don José in self defense in the opera’s final scene. San Diego Opera’s newest Carmen, mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson, prefers the traditional climax: “I think she is better seen as a martyr to the #MeToo cause.”

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