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San Diego Opera and Dallas Opera to Co-Produce ‘Great Scott,’ a New Opera by Jake Heggie, Starring Joyce DiDonato

by Louise Burton   Jun 25, 2014 14:45 PM EDT

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San Diego Opera is a company that has seen its share of struggles. The story of its near death and resurrection has been one of the most closely followed stories in the music world this year--how a band of committed board members, staff and music lovers all worked together to successfully raise the funds necessary to ensure the company's survival.

In yet another sign of rebirth, San Diego Opera announced on Friday that it is partnering with The Dallas Opera to produce a new opera by Jake Heggie, Great Scott. The story of this opera concerns a respected but struggling American opera company, and the world-famous diva who returns to her roots to help save the company that launched her career.

Great Scott, set to premiere in Dallas in 2015, will feature celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in the title role. San Diego will present the opera the following year.

"At its heart, Great Scott asks 'What is worth fighting for?' a question that resonates with us here in the San Diego community," said SD Opera Board President Carol Lazier.

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