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San Diego Opera Holds Free Lunchtime Performance

Photo caption: Attendees are pictured being treated to a free, outdoor opera performance on ...

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Attendees are pictured being treated to a free, outdoor opera performance on Jan. 29, 2015.

For the first time in 12 years, the San Diego Opera hosted a free lunchtime performance on the downtown Community Concourse Thursday.

The 45-minute show served as a thank you to the San Diego community for its support last season when the cash-strapped opera nearly closed for good.

Nicolas Reveles, the director of community engagement for the Opera, said he was surprised to know how much time had passed since the company offered a free show.

"We didn't realize it had been such a long time," Reveles told KPBS.

Additional free lunchtime performances are scheduled for the same time on Feb. 19 and March 19.

Thursday's performance featured university students enrolled in a program called Opera Exposed. Next month's will feature the artists of Mozart's Don Giovanni and in March, the singers of John Adams' Nixon in China will perform.

In case of inclement weather, performances will be moved inside the San Diego Civic Theatre at 1100 Third Ave.

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