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This week, Opera San Antonio brings its second major production of the season to the stage of the Tobin Center, Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Opera San Antonio has assembled a cast that conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing says is “to die for,” headed by Dolora Zajick as Azucena (in the role that launched her career back in the 1980s). It’s also worth noting that two Texas voices will be on stage as well, Thomas Soto and Kara Smoot, in small roles.

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Tenor David Portillo has gone from the west side of San Antonio to the Metropolitan Opera, and returned home in late February for a recital at the Tuesday Musical Club, as well as workshops with area students. Nearly 200 people attended the 2 p.m. concert on Feb. 23 at Laurel Heights United Methodist Church, which included a healthy helping of Spanish-language favorites, as well as an aria from one of Portillo’s dream roles, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love.

In our jobs, when we're told to redo something, it usually means we've made a mistake. That's not the case for Javier Camarena. Earlier this month at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the tenor had the chance to retake an aria during a performance of Donizetti's Don Pasquale because the audience went bonkers after the first time he sang it.

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Opera Piccola is taking opera here where it's never before gone.

"I would describe Mozart's opera as the ultimate rescue story, and who are the ultimate rescuers but Kirk and Spock?" asks Opera Piccola's Music Director Kristin Roach.

Yes, she said Kirk and Spock. You know, Star Trek.  

"We've tried to have the best marriage of real faithfulness to Mozart's score...but also the modern twist marrying it with the Star Trek  themes and characters."

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