Viva Verdi, March 2006, David Bazemore Photo

Viva Verdi

An Original Production
Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Friday, September 29, 2006, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 30, 2006, 1:00pm


An extraordinary evening of opera theatre featuring six exceptional singers, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra, and actor Greg Baber taking on the role of the composer himself: Giuseppe Verdi. Music includes Aïda's Triumphal Scene, the Rigoletto Quartet, as well as lesser-known scenes from Nabucco and Macbeth.

The year is 1880, and Giuseppe Verdi has retired to enjoy a quiet life at his home in Sant’ Agata, gardening and tinkering on his piano. However, his friend and lyricist Arrigo Boito has different ideas about his future, attempting to convince Verdi to write the music for an operatic treatment of Othello. Thus unfolds an evening where Verdi reminisces on his career, his operas and the many ways in which life and music interweave.

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