By Giuseppe Verdi
This elegant yet forceful production was directed by OSB’s Jose Maria Condemi and featured a beautiful, nearly surreal production design that originated with Steven Kemp at Opera San Jose. The set, which changed interiors multiple times over the course of Friday evening, placed all of the action within what appeared to be a giant wine cask, a context that was fitting both for Falstaff, that notorious drunkard, and for wine-mad Santa Barbara, circa 2014.Verdi and Shakespeare: the perfect pair!
– Charles Donelon / Santa Barbara Independent
Opera Santa Barbara gave a rousing repertory premiere of the work last weekend at the Granada Theatre, and made clear it is an opera company on the move, with high professional ambitions.
– Dan Kepl / CASA Magazine