San Diego California Opera

As the San Diego Opera descends into hiatus until 2015, area home owners that haven’t quite satisfied their lust for arias in lovely falsetto will have a second chance to view operatic musings as an alternative group, Opera NEO, readies for its own performance season. Kicking off in early August, the group, which is gaining popularity as a breeding ground for up-and-coming talent, will host performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and Handel’s “Agrippina” this fall.

In addition to the two operas, the season will also include an Aria Marathon, Cabaret events and free public performances held at venues throughout the San Diego community. The actual operas are to be performed at Point Loma Nazarene University’s Crill Perfomance Hall.

Opera NEO was created as a training ground for young opera singers, an environment that would both prepare and inspire. Members of the company are put through rigorous music and staging rehearsals in addition to voice lessons, musical and language coaching, movement classes, seminars in audition techniques, opera business, role preparation and performance techniques.

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Despite being mostly an educational resource for young aspirants, the company is gaining interest and respect as a leading group of performers in Southern California. Over the past three years, it has double ticket sales and tripled interest in the program. Some of those who have graduated from the Opera NEO have gone on to perform with the Boston Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera and other highly respected companies.

“There are thousands of young singers graduating each year from university and college opera programs, many of them with graduate degrees,” said Peter Kozma, Artistic Director of Opera NEO, to the Times of San Diego. “But very few are able to bridge the enormous gap between their academic experience and the expectations of professional opera companies. Opera NEO helps the most talented singers bridge this gap by providing experience, knowledge and networking while building their confidence.”

San Diego Real Estate Market Update

San Diego real estate market watchers are singing their own happy tune as market conditions are finding a more even playing ground for home buyers and sellers in the area. One of the biggest factors that San Diego home buyers have been dealing with is the dearth of available homes, which has helped home prices edge up and up over the last few weeks.

According to Altos Research, a California-based real estate research company, inventory of available homes is slowly but surely working its way up. As of June 20, there were about 1,608 properties on the market in San Diego. Inventory has been on the rise since March 1 and looks to be continuing on this trend for the immediate future at least.

Altos reports that home prices are also on the rise in San Diego. As of June 20, the median single-family home value is $648,296.

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