At the end of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” Mimi dies. This is opera, after all, and more often than not, somebody has to go.
Fortunately, the San Diego Opera was able to make the distinction between opera and real life. The company survived the drama of its board leadership and longtime director trying to kill it and opened its 50th season Saturday night at the Civic Theatre with “La Boheme.”
There’s nothing like a near-death experience to wake you up, and if the company had an elitist identity before its near-death experience, it now promises to become the community’s opera company.
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