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Community Center warms up for its ‘opera’ anniversary

Opera Wednesdays will celebrate its first anniversary 7 p.m. April 8 at La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. The casual yet high caliber opera performances bring local singers to the center for 90-minute performances.

Local bass Walter Du Melle performing at a recent Opera Wednesday concert. Courtesy
Local bass Walter Du Melle performing at a recent Opera Wednesday concert. Courtesy

On the bill for the anniversary show are sopranos Caroline Nelms and Rebecca Steinke, contralto Sharmay Musacchio, and tenor Gerald Seminatore. Janie Prim will be the pianist.

“Opera Wednesdays started as a means of getting classical music into the community so people don’t have to go downtown, and also to enable local singers to have a showcase of their own to show off their talents,” said co-director Patrick Anderson. “If you love music, this is a way to hear it in a very informal and intimate setting. You’re sitting five to 10 feet from the singer and it feels like they are performing just for you. People seem to really enjoy that. It’s almost like a cabaret where you can get up and get a glass of wine and bring it back to your seat and enjoy the show.”

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The singers, often students preparing for a career in music or members of the San Diego Opera chorus, are encouraged to throw Broadway songs into the mix. The suggested $10 donation goes to the musical artists. (858) 459-0831. ljcommunitycenter.org