In a year that rewarded bold vision and proactive initiatives, Opera Santa Barbara remains deeply committed to Santa Barbara’s performing arts community, local musicians, and sharing our art form in diverse ways. We are eager to share this dauntless spirit with you for our 21|22 Season with an expanded repertory of new works.

Under the baton and direction of Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapas, we are breaking the mold of long established programming and embarking on a brand new type of opera season for our company. For the 21|22 Season we will present four Opera Santa Barbara premieres and one familiar classic to close the year. These works reflect more diverse storytelling and a mix of styles that are sure to delight long-time opera fans, curious newbies, and anyone who enjoys a bit of adventure in their opera.

 

 

October 1 & 3, 2021 | Granada Theatre
MARTINEZ/FOGLIA
Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon)

Three generations of an immigrant family journey across borders to find one another and to make a home together in José “Pepe” Martinez’s 75-minute Mariachi operetta. OSB Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

DOUBLE BILL

October 29 & 31, 2021 | the Lobero Theatre
PUCCINI

Il Tabarro (The Cloak)

Broken dreams, a fateful love affair, and a murder onboard a barge on the seine are accompanied by a haunting score in Puccini’s taut 60’ operatic thriller.
OSB Premiere

October 29 & 31, 2021 | the Lobero Theatre
DE FALLA
El amor brujo (Love, the Magician)

A gypsy woman is haunted by her husband’s ghost and discovers the secret behind his murder in Manual de Falla’s fiery masterpiece of flamenco song and dance. OSB Premiere

 

 

 

 

January 14 & 16, 2022 | Lobero Theatre
HANDEL
Semele

Greek Gods engage in mischief, illicit relationships, and vocal acrobatics in this 85’ adaptation of Handel’s comedy, set in the Roaring 20’s. OSB Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 25 & 27, 2022 | Lobero Theatre
KAMINSKY–CAMPBELL–REED
As One

Hannah, a transgender woman, discovers her gender identity and learns to love herself in this ground-breaking new 75-minute chamber opera. Music and concept by Laura Kaminsky, libretto by Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed and film by Ms. Reed. OSB Premiere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 10 & 12, 2022 | Granada Theatre
VERDI

La Traviata

We return to grand opera with Verdi’s perennial favorite, unfolding in Paris’ opulent and unforgiving 19th century salons and boudoirs.

 

 

 

 

Our ticketing will reflect this same change in direction. In lieu of a traditional season subscription, we will now initially offer patrons the opportunity to curate their own Premium Ticket Package. You get to decide which works you would like to see and the earlier you choose, the better to lock in the best seats! Not to mention, more savings with more productions. Single tickets will of course go on sale closer to individual opera openings.

Reserve today for the best seats and discounted packages up to 20% off!*

Opera SB Premium Ticket Holder you can enjoy:

  • concierge service and first pick on your preferred seating
  • free ticket exchange to another date, when plans change
  • two complimentary drink tickets at each performance

Thank you! Opera SB Premium Ticket holders can be proud to know that their purchase helps subsidize the cost of attending live productions for those without the means. 

How to Reserve your 21|22 Season Premium Ticket Package:

  • ONLINE: You can fill out this form to reserve tickets.
  • PHONE: Call Opera Santa Barbara during office hours Monday—Thursday from 10am to 4pm at 805-898-3890 to reserve. If you call outside of office hours, leave a message and someone will reach out to you promptly.
  • QUESTIONS: If you have questions, Team OSB is happy to assist you via email at [email protected].

How to use your remaining credit:

  • If you were a 20|21 Season Subscriber and would like to use any remaining credit towards a Premium Ticket package, call us at 805-898-3890. Please note that all remaining credit must be used by October 3, 2021.