The audience streaming into the Balboa Theatre Friday night (September 5) may have been drawn to the duo recital presented by San Diego Opera because of soprano Ailyn Pérez and tenor Stephen Costello, but this musical event also marked the rebirth of a major U.S. opera company . . .

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Following the lead of bass superstars from the great Russian Fyodor Chaliapin to the American Samuel Ramey, Italian basso Ferruccio Furlanetto counts the title role of Jules Massenet’s Don Quixote as one of his signature roles, which he reprised for San Diego Opera Saturday (March 5) to thunderous, well-deserved acclaim . . .

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