365 Things to do in Costa Mesa – See a Free Opera – Day 89


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Free Opera!

Costa Mesa is a hub for the arts and tonight at the Orange County Performing Arts Center (OCPAC) the LA Opera is presenting a FREE show, no tickets required! The opera is ‘Il Postino’.

The Story of  ‘Il Postino’


picture of Italy seascape

Photo by graur codrin

It’s about Mario, a shy postal carrier in Italy who follows his dreams. Instead of becoming a fisherman like his father he has an opportunity to befriend a famous poet (Neruda) and serve as his personal mailman. This leads to Mario taking an intense interest in poetry, which contributes beautifully to the love story unfolding between him and the love of his life, Beatrice.  The opera was composed by Daniel Katan. Charles Castanova plays the postman, Placido Domingo plays the role of the poet,  and Amanda Squitieri plays a Beatrice.

Even though the story takes place in Italy, the opera is performed in Spanish because the composer speaks Spanish and the character of Neruda has a Spanish background. English subtitles will be provided.

It’s a Gorgeous Night

The weather is perfect for a night under the stars. Opera-goers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and portable seating.  Why not bring a picnic dinner too? 


Orange Country Performing Arts Center (OCPAC)

600 Town Center Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

October 11, 2010 at 7pm

Feel free to suggest other ideas on the 365 Things To Do In Costa Mesa Facebook page or by emailing hollyschwartzoc@gmail.com. Holly works with Torelli Realty.  Share your thoughts and enjoy Costa Mesa!

About hollyschwartzoc

Real estate enthusiast who formerly producered TV shows for HGTV like House Hunters, House Hunters International, and My House is Worth What? Currently provides social media services for Orange County real estate company Torelli Realty and provides home staging and design consultations for clients.
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