Many people have suffered through long, tedious and not very memorable toasts at numerous weddings. Very few, however, can say they have listened to an 80-minute speech during such an occasion.

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Following the lead of bass superstars from the great Russian Fyodor Chaliapin to the American Samuel Ramey, Italian basso Ferruccio Furlanetto counts the title role of Jules Massenet’s Don Quixote as one of his signature roles, which he reprised for San Diego Opera Saturday (March 5) to thunderous, well-deserved acclaim . . .

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Sean Murray, Erika Beth Phillips, and Bryan Barbarin

Audiences dreamed the impossible dream when “Man of La Mancha” opened in 1965. Despite his recent assassination, John F. Kennedy’s Camelot era still ruled both the national mood and the Broadway stage. The cynicism that accompanied a prolonged war and battles for civil and other rights would not set in for a couple of years…

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