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I just want your readers to know about the wonderful Smoke and Mirrors production of La Traviata that was presented by the Pacific Coast Opera at the First Congregational Church of Long Beach on Sunday, April 3.
The genius who imagined and brought to fruition this production deserves many accolades. The voices were above average and the orchestra was simply truly stunning.
The most amazing thing I found about this production was the staging. Instead of a ballroom intended to accommodate several hundred people, [there was] a country retreat for the lovers that was on a grand scale as well; the stage was approximately 12 to 14 feet deep and 18 to 20 feet long. The scenery was changed by the cast and crew merely by removing panels from a stationary backdrop, and the furniture was moved and camouflaged for location changes. Truly ingenious!
I, as well as the entire audience, was enthralled during the entire three hours of this opera. It was an afternoon well spent, and the price of admission was less than the theater charges for the operas that are televised from Lincoln Center in New York. I go to most of them, and I enjoyed this opera as much or more than those. I will look forward for more to come.

Vivian C. Nelson
Long Beach

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