Caught midway between the final performance of San Diego Opera’s “Rigoletto” two weeks ago and the opening of the company’s “Three Decembers” by Jake Heggie in March, serious San Diego opera aficionados eagerly gathered for Opera NEO’s February 16 concert of opera selections titled “Love Is in the Air.”

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San Diego Opera’s General Director David Bennett just announced Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” and Bizet’s “Carmen” as the 2018-2019 traditional main stage productions at Civic Theatre. Additional productions next season include Jake Heggie’s “Three Decembers” and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel.”

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San Diego Repertory Theatre’s “Sex with Strangers” may be giving audiences at the Lyceum Theatre an entertaining romp with polite titillation, but just a few steps away at the Balboa Theatre, San Diego Opera’s bold, edgy “La tragédie de Carmen” unfolded the authentic sex-with-strangers story, Peter Brook’s naturalistic remake of Bizet’s classic opera “Carmen” . . .

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