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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Friends who know me well will quickly attest that they have never heard me exclaim, “I am dying to hear another performance of Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto!” However, after hearing pianist Conrad Tao’s spectacular performance of this popular work with the San Diego Symphony, Friday, November 2, I have been completely converted.

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