As a tantalizing preview to Opera NEO’s upcoming festival of three staged operas, Friday’s Cabaret concert at the Encinitas Library Concert Hall promises a season of highly charged drama and polished lead singers. This annual program offered a sparkling variety of ensembles and duets from opera, operetta, and musical theater performed by the members of the 2018 festival.

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Opera NEO’s compelling “Don Giovanni” production brimmed over with insights and creative approaches that have marked the company’s sparkling previous productions. A cast of young, well-trained singers proved more than equal to the challenges of one of Mozart’s most daunting scores . . .

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