Shoppers and downtown workers on their lunch break Thursday (Jan. 29) were startled to hear strains of “Bess, you is my woman now” from Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess” floating across the wide plaza in front of San Diego Civic Theatre . . .

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The last time San Diegans encountered baritone Morgan Smith, he was riveting their attention in the role of Starbuck in San Diego Opera’s production of Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick,” one of the few contemporary operas that have found favor with opera’s notoriously conservative audience. Back in town for the first opera of San Diego’s 2015 season, Smith shares his insights and inspirations . . .

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