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Classical Pick of the Week: For Opera Buffs

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If you missed out on the free parking promotion with LA Opera today, sign up for their mailing listhere. They are absorbing the cost of promotions like this (and last week's waived processing fee's), and it's a great opportunity for people to enjoy the opera without the nightmare that is trying-to-find-parking-in-Downtown. You can still catch LA Opera's production of Romeo et Juliette this Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 PM.

For Baroque and Greek mythology fans, the Celestial Opera Company is putting on Henry Purcell's magnificent Dido and Aeneas (based on Virgil's Aeneid). Purcell's opera in three acts starts with a classic tragic overture, and features Aeneas, leader of the Trojans, Dido, the Queen of Carthage, and Belinda, her sister and lady-in-waiting. Belinda attempts to unite Dido and Aeneas in marriage while the Sorceress plots to destroy Carthage and Queen Dido. There are performances this Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 3 PM. Information on student and group discounts are available here.

For a more romantic affair, the Opera Buffs, a long established organization dedicated to supporting emerging opera singers, can take you on a "Romantic Journey" this Sunday at 2:30 PM at the Colburn School in Downtown. Staged scenes from Verdi's La Traviata and Simon Boccanegra, Donizetti's La Favorita, Puccini's La Boheme, Tchaikovsky's Pique Dame, Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Cilea's L'Arlesiana and Lehar's The Merry Widow are all on the program so you get a wide selection of music from your favorite composers. Suggested donations are 15 per person and 5 for students. You can make reservations online here.