22|23 Season


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


STARRING:  Eleni Calenos, Adam Diegel, Wayne Tigges  

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. 

90 minutes 


STARRING: Jana McIntyre, Christian Sanders, Efraín Solis 


CONDUCTOR: Alexandra Enyart


LOBERO, Sunday, November 13, 2022, 2:30pm


OSB Premiere

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.  

70 minutes 


STARRING: Nina Yoshida-Nelsen, Audrey Babcock, Janet Szepei-Todd*

STAGE DIRECTOR: Richard Gammon* CONDUCTOR: Eiki Isomura*


*OSB Debut


LOBERO, Saturday, February 18, 2023, 7:30pm

DIE WALKÜRE (The Valkyrie) 

OSB Premiere

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


STARRING: Alexandra Loutsion*, Kyle Albertson, Robert Stahley 

STAGE DIRECTOR: Crystal Manich CONDUCTOR: Kostis Protopapas


*OSB Debut


LOBERO, Sunday, April 23, 2023, 2:30pm


Ticket Information

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


How to order your 22|23 Season Ticket Package:

  • ONLINE: You can Build Your Ticket Package here.
  • PHONE: Call the Lobero Box Office at 805-963-0761 
  • QUESTIONS: If you have questions, Team OSB is happy to assist you via email at [email protected].


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