21|22 Season

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
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

Starring Daniel Montenegro and OSB Studio Artist alum Efrain Solis.

Watch scenes from Houston Grand Opera’s production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (different production and cast) here.



October 29 & 31, 2021 | the Lobero Theatre

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

Starring  Todd Thomas, Alaysha Fox and Harold Meers.


October 29 & 31, 2021 | the Lobero Theatre
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

Learn more about Puccini’s “darkest opera” here. Learn more about El amor brujo here.

Starring OSB Studio Artist alum Nina Yoshida-Nelsen and dancers from State Street Ballet.


January 14 & 16, 2022 | Lobero Theatre

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

Starring Jana McIntyre.

Watch an excerpt from our Roaring 20’s production of Semele, in its original performance at Pittsburgh Opera here.

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March 25 & 27, 2022 | Lobero Theatre
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

Starring OSB Studio Artist alumni Evan Bravos and Ashley Armstrong.

Watch a trailer for the production of As One at Orchestre Classique de Montreal (different production and cast) here.

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June 12, 2022 | Granada Theatre

La Traviata

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

Starring Anya Matanovic as Violetta and Nathan Granner as Alfredo.

“New to opera? Find out here what makes Verdi’s La Traviata one of the most popular titles in the repertoire!”

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Ticket Information


Our ticketing will reflect this same change in direction. In lieu of a traditional season subscription, we will now offer patrons the opportunity to curate their own Premium Ticket Package or General 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.

There are still 3 operas left in the season! Reserve today for the best seats and discounted packages up to 10% off!*

Opera SB Premium Ticket Holders 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 order your 21|22 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].