The powerhouse names of Puccini, Rossini, and Wagner headline Opera Santa Barbara’s 2022-23 season, which will include a work by each composer, and a California premiere by American composer Jack Perla.
In a notable departure from prior seasons, Opera Santa Barbara will present a single performance of each work. “For a long time the Santa Barbara performing arts scene has been inundated with more events than a city of 100,000 people can reasonably support”, said Opera SB Artistic and General Director, Kostis Protopapas. “This situation has been greatly exacerbated by the slow return of audiences after the pandemic. Presenting only one performance of each opera will enable us to deploy our resources more effectively, keep our artistic quality high, and better focus on those audiences old and new that most appreciate our work. At the same time, we will be doing our part towards creating a more sustainable arts ecosystem for everyone.”
Masks are currently not required at Opera Santa Barbara Performances.
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1900, by Giacomo Puccini
In Italian with English surtitles
Set in Rome around 1850
The great diva has it all: beauty, talent, friends in high places, love, and an unshakeable faith in God. She lives a charmed life, blissfully unaware of the dystopia that surrounds her. All that will change in one harrowing day and night, in Puccini’s nail-biting melodrama.
2 hours and 5 minutes
STAGE DIRECTOR: Layna Chianakas
CONDUCTOR: Kostis Protopapas
GRANADA, Saturday, October 1, 2022, 6pm (NOTE SPECIAL START TIME)
(The ladder made of silk)
1812, by Gioacchino Rossini
In Italian with English surtitles
Set in Paris around 1900
Every night beautiful Giulia lowers a silk ladder from her window for her lover to climb to her bedroom. A series of misunderstandings turns their little love nest into a circus of relatives, suitors, and servants plotting, eavesdropping, and ultimately happily reconciling, in a blast of Rossini’s glorious vocal acrobatics.
STAGE DIRECTOR: Josh Shaw
CONDUCTOR: Alexandra Enyart
LOBERO, Sunday, November 13, 2022, 2:30pm
2013, Music by Jack Perla
Libretto by Jessica Murphy Moo
Commissioned by Seattle Opera
by arrangement with the publisher: Music Without Walls
Sole Agent: Bill Holab Music
In English with surtitles
Set in the Pacific Northwest during World War II
Treasured possessions become symbols of their lost homes for two women during World War II: a Japanese American facing incarceration and a German Jewish immigrant preoccupied by those she left behind, in Jack Perla’s 2013 drama.
LOBERO, Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7:30pm
1870, by Richard Wagner (adapted by Graham Vick and Jonathan Dove)
In German with English surtitles
Set in Northern Europe in mythical times
Star-crossed lovers Siegmund and Sieglinde unknowingly provoke the wrath of the gods of Valhalla, who decree the death of Siegmund. Brünnhilde, the titular Valkyrie, defies the will of her father Wotan, leader of the gods, to rescue Sieglinda and the couple’s unborn child, in Wagner’s romantic masterpiece that features the famous “Ride of the Valkyries”.
2 hours and 45 minutes
LOBERO, Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:30pm
Ticket Packages are available for purchase at the Lobero Box Office. The more shows you buy, the bigger the discount!
Packages of 2 operas 10% off
Packages of 3 operas 15% off
Packages of all 4 operas 20% off
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