“Opera Buff-in-Chief” & Opera’s Future in Orange County

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2019’s semi-staged production of Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”

Peter Lefevre of Orange County’s Voice of OC recently interviewed Symphony President John Forsyte, and Gary Good, who Lefevre playfully refers to as our “de facto Opera Buff-in-Chief,” about opera’s future in Orange County – an interesting topic ever since Opera Pacific left the region’s stage in 2008 amid a myriad of issues after 22 beloved seasons.

“We’ve had ample feedback and evidence that opera in the concert hall, with the orchestra onstage, and the singers more intimate with audience, is meaningful to both traditional opera goers and people new to the art.”

– Gary Good

Check out Lefevre’s article here, and make sure to support your local arts organizations and non-profit news outlets, such as Voice of OC!

Did you know that we produce a semi-staged opera every year? Beginning in the 2011-12 season, the Symphony undertook a major opera and vocal initiative in an effort to restore local, professional productions of this irreplaceable art form to Orange County—one opera at a time. Following 2019’s “Madame Butterfly,” 2020 promises an incredible version of Verdi’s “Otello,” starring returning tenor Carl Tanner!

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Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (2018)

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