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Opera season tickets on sale

The Gallo Center for the Arts has begun selling season subscriptions for Townsend Opera Players.

TOP will stage four productions in the 440-seat Foster Fam-ily Theater: the Opera Gala concert (Sept. 15), the operetta "Die Fledermaus" (Nov. 11-18), the folk opera "Porgy & Bess" (Feb. 24-March 2) and the musical "Miss Saigon" (April 20-27, 2008). Season subscriptions are $115 to $145 — up from $41-$96, the cost for this year's shows staged in Modesto high school auditoriums.

Since mailings went out to opera regulars earlier this week, the center has sold 20 season subscriptions, said Erika Townsend, a TOP administrator.

The opera company is the third Modesto arts group to begin selling season tickets for the Gallo center. The others are the Modesto Community Concert Association (season tickets are sold out) and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.

Subscription sales for events produced by the Gallo center and by Central West Ballet will begin in late May.

Under construction at 10th and I streets, the $47.75 million arts center will open this fall.