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The Australia-based Ten Tenors return to the California Center for the Arts, Escondido for a 7:30 p.m. show Sunday to perform their new rock opera “The Power of 10.” Courtesy photo
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Ten Tenors bringing the power of rock opera to town

ESCONDIDO — From down under to the California Center for the Arts Escondido, the world famous Ten Tenors will once again light up the city.

The hit group is celebrating its 20th year as it unveils its newest show, “The Power of 10,” a rock opera covering songs from opera legends to Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Bruno Mars and more.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the CCAE and tickets are available, but going fast, according to the center’s Director of Marketing Megan Andretta. Tickets run from $35 to $70.

“It’s selling fast, but it’s looking good,” she added. “It’s going to be a great show.”

Speaking from the Brisbane Airport in Australia on Wednesday, Michael Edwards of the Aussie-based Tenors said the group is thrilled to be back in Escondido. The Tenors performed a Christmas special in December to a sold out theater and were more than happy to return.

Edwards, who joined the group about two-and-a-half years ago, said the new set is energetic and will engage with the audience.

He said the show is expected to run between two and two-and-a-half hours and will cover a variety of songs and artists.

“It’s a pretty varied show, actually,” he added. “The group started as a really classical based group with opera tunes. More recently we’ve really delved more into the contemporary side of music with rock numbers and pop numbers with a classical cross over.”

Edwards said his journey with the Tenors has been a whirlwind, giving him the opportunity to travel and perform all over the world.

He said the group’s popularity is most notable, other than in their native Australia, in Germany, while the American crowds typically are the most engaging.

As for the new show, he said the 10-member ensemble has a new song list and arrangements.

Edwards was also thrilled to return to the CCAE, noting the reception from the December show was “really, really positive.”

“We try to do a whole bunch of things,” he explained. “We dance, we like to get the audience involved. American audiences are very generous. We get them on stage and want them to be part of the show.”

Admittedly, the show, thanks to its length, is a grueling endeavor as the men may perform up to seven times per week.

For their American tour, the group begins in La Mirada on Saturday followed by Sunday’s Escondido show and a run from Tuesday through March 5 in Palm Desert.

The group hits the East Coast from March 9 through March 25 before returning to Australia.

“This current show we designed at the start of 2016,” Edwards said. “This upcoming tour is going to be a bit of revamp, it’s got a whole bunch of new music in it, so it’s going to be quite different to what it was last year.”

Andretta, meanwhile, said the show is for all ages and although the December show was a Christmas theme, concertgoers were thrilled.

“It’s an opportunity to combine both rock with opera,” she said. “Exhilarating is how they’ve been described.”