Review | Opera Santa Barbara, ‘As One’

Two Singers and a String Quartet Portray One Person

by Charles Donelan

 

It’s rare to see an opera with both as much new about it and as much to recommend it as As One, which had its Santa Barbara debut last weekend at the Lobero Theatre.

With a minimal set, two singers, and a string quartet, the show plumbed emotional depths seldom reached by even the most famous grand operas. Evan Bravos, as Hannah Before, and Ashley Kay Armstrong, as Hannah After, delivered riveting performances that kept the audience fully engaged throughout the evening. Alexandra Enyart conducted the singers and the string quartet with deliberate intensity, keeping the musical level high even when called upon to participate in the action.

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L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore