Falstaff

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

Location

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Conductor:

Francesco Milioto

 

Conductor / Falstaff

March 2014

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

April 2013 (debut)

Stage Director:

Jose Maria Condemi

 

Director / Falstaff

March 2014

 

Director / Tosca

November 2013

 

Director / Don Pasquale

April 2013

 

Director / Orfeo ed Euridice

April 2012

 

Director / La traviata

March 2011 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

2010 – 2015

Scenic Designer:

Steven C. Kemp

 

Scenic Designer /
A Streetcar Named Desire

April 2015

 

Scenic Designer / Rigoletto

November 2014

 

Scenic Designer / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Lighting Designer:

Christopher Maravich

 

Lighting Designer / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Hair & Makeup Designer:

Heather Sterling

Heather Sterling is an accomplished makeup artist and hair stylist with a wide range of experience that includes work in theater, film, print, and fashion. She is a licensed cosmetologist and has a degree in fine art with an emphasis in psychology. Armed with an extensive knowledge of period makeup and hairstyles, Heather first designed for Opera Santa Barbara in 2006 for the company's performances of Tosca; since then her work has been seen in nearly forty OSB productions. She regularly designs for the Music Academy of the West's summer operas and she recently designed for the Granada Theatre's A Christmas Carol.

 

Hair & Makeup Designer / Tosca

February 2006 (debut)

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Sir John Falstaff:

Todd Thomas

 

Sir John Falstaff / Falstaff

March 2014

 

Scarpia / Tosca

February 2006 (debut)

Alice Ford:

Melody Moore

 

Alice Ford / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Ford:

Lee Poulis

Lee Poulis is “virile and heroic in both appearance and vocalism” (Opera News) and has been praised for his “dark baritone, rich in color.” Twice named Best Young Singer by Die Welt, Mr. Poulis has performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden of Berlin, Teatro Real of Madrid, the Opera of Bilbao, and the Teatro Municipal of Santiago. He performed the title role in the national premieres of Doctor Atomic in Germany and at the Finnish National Opera. In the 2017-18 season, he appeared in Handel's Messiah with the Florida Orchestra, Carmina Burana with Long Beach Camerata, Bach's Mass in B Minor with the New York Choral Society at Carnegie Hall, and Cantata #82, "Ich habe genug" with the Jacksonville Symphony. Career highlights include Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de perles with Fort Worth Opera and Sarasota Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Dayton Opera and the Belleayre Festival Opera, Marcello in La bohème with Toledo Opera and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Valentin in Faust with Lyric Opera Baltimore and Theater Chemnitz (Germany), the title role of Don Giovanni with Sarasota Opera, and Heathcliff in Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights with Minnesota Opera. He was a member of the ensemble at Theater Bonn, where he performed roles including Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Pantalon in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges, Germont in La traviata, Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Renato in Un ballo in maschera, and Michonnet in Adriana Lecouvreur. His frequent appearances at Washington National Opera include Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and Senator Raitcliffe in the world premiere of Scott Wheeler’s Democracy. He has also been on the roster of San Francisco Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his his Opera Santa Barbara debut as Ford in Falstaff in 2014. Mr. Poulis’ concert engagements include baritone soloist in Handel's Messiah, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and in the Mozart, Fauré, and Brahms Requiem settings with organizations such as the Masterworks Chorale, Kansas City Symphony, American Youth Symphony, Waltham Philharmonic, the Atlantic Union College and the Gemini Youth Orchestra. Mr. Poulis has also appeared in recital with the Marilyn Horne Foundation at Carnegie’s Weill Hall as well as in Washington D.C. with the Washington Vocal Arts Society. Lee Poulis won first prize in the 2008 Liederkranz Foundation Vocal Competition, the 2008 Francisco Viñas International Voice Competition, and the 2007 Chester Ludgin International Verdi Baritone Competition, as well as an Encouragement Award recipient in the 2008 George London Foundation Awards competition. He is an alumnus of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, and Music Academy of the West. Mr. Poulis is a graduate of Harvard University.

 

 

Nanetta:

Rebecca Nathanson

 

Nanetta / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2011

Fenton:

Joshua Kohl

 

Fenton / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Dame Quickly:

Catherine Cook

 

Dame Quickly / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Meg Page:

Courtney McKeown

 

Meg Page / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2014

Bardolfo:

Tyler Thompson

 

Bardolfo / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

 

Pistola:

Daniel Scofield

 

Pistola / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

 

Studio Artist

2014

Dr. Caius:

Juan José de León

 

Doctor Caius / Falstaff

March 2014 (debut)

Production Photos by David Bazemore