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From ‘La Traviata’ to Lang Lang: XLNC1’s ‘On The Town’

What happens when a bad girl falls in love with a good boy? In the case of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” you get an opera that’s so musically and emotionally satisfying that it returns again and again. San Diego Opera’s next production opens April 17, with the first of four Civic Theatre performances starring soprano Elizabeth Futral — an expert in the leading role — and tenor Marius Brenciu, a Cardiff Singer of the World winner who’s making his company debut. Could be quite a season closer. Find out more at: www.sdopera.com

Also on April 17 is a La Jolla Music Society concert featuring two of classical music’s most charismatic performers. Pianist Lang Lang and conductor Christoph Eschenbach will appear at Copley Symphony Hall with Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. Created by Leonard Bernstein, the youthful ensemble is on its first North American tour. The details are at: www.ljms.org

Not to be overlooked are two other unusual events. “Alice in Wonderland” gets a fresh interpretation in Art of Elan’s “ALICE: Re-imagining Wonderland Through Music, Dance and Spoken Word” on April 16 and 18 at MCASD Sherwood Auditorium. (Start the journey at: www.artofelan.org.) Then there’s legendary, 85-year-old composer/conductor Pierre Boulez — a winner of the coveted Kyoto Prize — who will be at USD on April 22. Seating is limited at the symposium; to register, go to www.kyotoprize.org

And to keep up with what’s happening in San Diego, check out Arts & Entertainment at www.sdnn.com and visit “On The Town” at www.XLNC1.org

Valerie Scher is the SDNN Arts & Entertainment editor and host of “On The Town” on XLNC1 (104.9FM). You can reach her at valerie.scher(at)sdnn.com; follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/vscher