The Pacific Lyric Association is one of my favorite opera companies in Southern California with whom to perform. They bring together talented artists of varying backgrounds, not just from San Diego but from all over the state. It's a really great opportunity to meet other artists from different areas. Being in two of their shows has been a huge step in my opera career, leading to lasting business relationships and friendships. The longer rehearsal process allows these relationships to form while the show is seasoning. PLA also offers North County audiences the great opportunity of seeing grand operas with full cast and chorus, fully staged and with a live orchestra, in their own backyard! This company is a great asset to the Southern California performing arts community."
The Pacific Lyric Association brought opera back into my life after 10 years of silence. There’s always a moment during rehearsal when the beauty of the music hits me, and I remember why I became a singer. I love being a part of this community of musicians. Each year I can count on seeing old friends and making new ones, because we draw in good singers from all over the world. The productions are so consistently good that I’m proud to invite family and friends to watch us perform with a full orchestra in two beautiful venues. Last year I got to talk to some of the children who came to see Carmen, and they loved it even more than the adults. I hope this organization will be around for years to come.
-Devon Glenn (Soprano)
La Traviata is my fifth production singing with the Pacific Lyric Association. The PLA plays a valuable role in the cultural life of San Diego County. It is the only local company, other than the much larger and well-funded San DIego Opera, to regularly present full-scale productions of well-loved, classic operas like Carmen, Tosca, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, etc. This creates many valuable opportunities for local singers to build their performance skills and prepare for future engagements in the opera world. It also provides the opportunity for local audiences to experience professional-quality opera performances at less cost, and in a more intimate setting, than in the larger opera houses. Thus the PLA plays a valuable role that benefits local singers, and local audiences as well.
- Robert Sheaffer ( Baritone)
The support and dedication of PLA to local singers like me have been truly remarkable. PLA's commitment to developing local artists is evident in the numerous performance opportunities and auditions they organize regularly. Not only do they provide an opportunity for local singers to shine, but also their performances bring cultural and artistic inspiration to the community.
-Ella Yewoon (Soprano)
I recently returned to San Diego after studying for my masters degree in vocal performance at the Jacobs School of Music in Indiana. I was thrilled to learn of the Pacific Lyric Association and their high quality regional productions. I jumped at the chance to audition and am thrilled to have joined the cast of La Traviata!
Opportunities to perform with professional level directors, musicians and artisans such as PLA are essential to the development of emerging artists, like myself. Most of all, the community is served well by the inclusion of classical music education and performances that may reach a regional audience.
Thank you for your support!
-Jack H. Adkins (Tenor)
Pacific Lyric Association allows me to debut the amazing role of Violetta in La Traviata this fall while learning from wonderful colleagues in order to grow as an artist and performer. With Carlos Oliva as the president Pacific Lyric Association also creates a sense of community and family which you can tell by returning chorus members and enthusiastic singers driving from far distances to be a part of this group. I also love that the Pacific Lyric Association sees the importance of telling the story of an opera by providing adequate time for staging rehearsals and by choosing a stage director who focuses on bringing out the relationships between the characters. Pacific Lyric Association also places the opera in the time period and country that the composer intended which allows for all the artists and audience members to have a glimpse into the past and our history.
-Emma Berggren (Soprano)
Southern California severely lacks affordable, high caliber arts that are accessible to the general public, and I see that Pacific Lyric Association is paving the way leading by example to bring first-rate classical music to its community. The work PLA does not only brings art to the community, but it also employs many local artists. PLA provides opportunities for singers of varying levels to develop their skills and network with other professionals in their field; working for a company at the caliber of PLA is an honor and joy as a young artist.
-Lily Berthold (Soprano)