When composer John Adams chalked up the global success of his first opera ‘Nixon in China’ to beginner’s luck, it was easy to perceive his puckish humor taking charge. But mere luck clearly did not bring about the triumph of San Diego Opera’s extraordinary production of ‘Nixon in China’ that opened Saturday (March 14) at Civic Theatre . . .

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When you combine an ideal cast, sharp direction, a smart period set, and a sympathetic baton in the pit, the result is San Diego Opera’s “A Masked Ball,” which opened Saturday (March 8) at Civic Theatre. This cast list for this gripping but far too infrequently performed Verdi opera looked good on paper, but on stage it was spectacular. . .

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