Posted on Nov 17, 2020
We had so much fun at the Tuesday evening meeting/social with our "hat night", as evidenced by the picture below (thank you Susan). Paul also switched into a cowboy hat & sombrero
Our speaker, David Bennett, General Director of San Diego Opera wasn't quite sure what was going on, but enjoyed our antics before updating us on what is happening with the Opera since his arrival in 2015, when the community insisted opera remain in San Diego after a near-death experience.  The mission of the SD Opera is:
  • to deliver exceptional vocal performances in an exciting way
  • to create  accessible programs for diverse audiences
  • focus on community engagement and the transformative power of live performances
During this pandemic the Opera has postponed performances, but not cancelled them, and  have continued their online music education and patron engagements. They staged the first drive-in opera in the country, La Boheme, which drew 3000 people and was a huge success as attested to by Suzanne & Bill and Jan.
And thank you, Patricia, for arranging an interesting social Friday night with Portaleza from the La Jolla Playhouse  - an unusual, trippy experience. The happy hour after with you, Bill & Suzanne,  Charles & Alicia, and Susan & Mark was a wonderful way to end the week! Even Amala wanted to get in on the fun!