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A predicament right out of a melodramatic opera

Mark Swed

Los Angeles Times

June 27, 2014  11:00 am

When announcements for the next opera season began arriving early this year, the overall impression was that our country's companies were getting livelier if not yet up to the more progressive European model.

Los Angeles Opera, in particular, is coming out of an economic slump and once again beginning to look like an artistic leader. In an especially encouraging development, American — and new American — opera has become commonplace all over the land.

But during the final days of winter, a deadly opera virus hit. The first case was discovered in Southern California, threatening to fell San Diego Opera.

One day, the company was fine, detailing a new education initiative and readying its coming celebratory 50th-anniversary season.

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