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JD Souther will bring his country-rock stories, but also a bit of opera to the Rialto / Arizona Daily Star

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The first song singer-songwriter JD Souther learned to sing was not a folk song or a country rocker. It was a famous aria from Puccini's opera "Turandot." "The first song I ever learned when I was a little kid was ‘Nessun Dorma'," said Souther, who grew up listening to his grandmother, a soprano, sing opera. "I love opera."

Which explains the 72-year-old So. Cal. country-rock songwriter/troubadour's latest project. Souther, who is performing a solo acoustic show at the Rialto Theatre on Thursday, July 19, is working with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, singer-songwriter Josh Ritter and others on an opera. Half of the album is already recorded and most of it is written, he said during a late June phone call from home in Nashville. "It's an odd group of people but it's certainly sounding great," he said. So can we expect to see it staged? 

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