San Diego Opera Treats Passersby to Free Tosca Performance

As the Tosca artists performed, people on their lunch break listened

Crowds of people taking their lunch break outside of downtown San Diego’s Civic Theatre were treated to a special opera performance Thursday afternoon.

An ensemble of Tosca artists from the San Diego Opera performed a lunchtime recital of songs in the first of four “Opera on the Concourse” programs.

Next month the program is continuing with a performance from the San Diego Opera Chorus set for March 10 at noon.

On April 21, an ensemble will feature Madama Butterfly artists, and on May 12, the Great Scott artists will showcase their musical talents in the early afternoon.

Each of the free concerts includes a solo singer, duets and ensembles from the pieces. The performances generally begin at noon, lasting for around 45 minutes.

The concerts were a longtime tradition that discontinued in 2007 but are now being resurrected. According to a news release, this is a way of “saying ‘thank you’ to the community for their hard work which has ensured the company’s survival.

The event takes place at the San Diego Civic Concourse, 1450 El Prado, except when there’s rain or bad weather. In this case, the concerts will be relocated to inside the theatre, in the Beverly Sills Salon.

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