In keeping with its structure -- it is more an assembly of discrete suburbs, each with its own (often banner-held-high) reputation, than it is a metropolis with a blend of neighborhoods -- I stumbled across its treats and its treasures one trove at a time.
Outdoor opera is artistically risky. Some say it compromises the art form and that amplifying the singers' voices destroys opera's unique element, the sound of the unadulterated human voice. As a means to draw new audiences, the gamble is paying off.
Sarah Willis was clearly moved by what she had experienced in Sydney, where she mentored young musicians of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble of musicians who got their positions via video auditions on YouTube.