Viva Verdi

An Original Production
Music by Giuseppe Verdi

An extraordinary evening of opera theatre featuring six exceptional singers, the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra, and actor Greg Baber taking on the role of the composer himself: Giuseppe Verdi. Music includes Aïda‘s Triumphal Scene, the Rigoletto Quartet, as well as lesser-known scenes from Nabucco and Macbeth.

The year is 1880, and Giuseppe Verdi has retired to enjoy a quiet life at his home in Sant’ Agata, gardening and tinkering on his piano. However, his friend and lyricist Arrigo Boito has different ideas about his future, attempting to convince Verdi to write the music for an operatic treatment of Othello. Thus unfolds an evening where Verdi reminisces on his career, his operas and the many ways in which life and music interweave.

Direction

Valéry Ryvkin

Valéry Ryvkin

 

Conductor / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Conductor / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Conductor / La traviata

December 2000

 

Conductor / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Conductor / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000

 

Conductor /
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

October 1999

 

Conductor / Madama Butterfly

May 1999

 

Conductor / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Conductor / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Conductor / Così fan tutte

January 1998

 

Conductor / Tosca

September 1997

 

Conductor / Don Giovanni

January 1997

 

Conductor / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Conductor / Carmen

August 1996

 

Conductor / La traviata

July 1995 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

1999–2008

James Marvel

James Marvel

Peter Frisch

Peter Frisch

Artists

Greg Baber

Greg Baber

Jane Ohmes

Jane Ohmes

Olga Chernisheva

Olga Chernisheva

Tihana Herceg

Tihana Herceg

 

Lola / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999

 

Hansel / Hansel and Gretel

October 1994

 

Prince Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus

December 1993 (debut)

Robert MacNeil

Robert MacNeil

William Stone

William Stone

Daniel Sutin

Daniel Sutin

Location

Cast & Credits

Direction
Conductor:

Valéry Ryvkin

 

Conductor / Carmen

Jan/Feb 2002

 

Conductor / The Barber of Seville

May 2001

 

Conductor / La traviata

December 2000

 

Conductor / La Cenerentola

Mar/Apr 2000

 

Conductor / Le nozze di Figaro

Jan/Feb 2000

 

Conductor /
Cavalleria Rusticana & Pagliacci

October 1999

 

Conductor / Madama Butterfly

May 1999

 

Conductor / Il trovatore

January 1999

 

Conductor / The Merry Widow

December 1998

 

Conductor / Don Pasquale

February 1998

 

Conductor / Così fan tutte

January 1998

 

Conductor / Tosca

September 1997

 

Conductor / Don Giovanni

January 1997

 

Conductor / La bohème

Nov/Dec 1996

 

Conductor / Carmen

August 1996

 

Conductor / La traviata

July 1995 (debut)

 

Artistic Director

1999–2008

Stage Director:

James Marvel

Author:

Peter Frisch

Artists
Giuseppe Verdi:

Greg Baber

Soprano:

Jane Ohmes

Soprano:

Olga Chernisheva

Mezzo-soprano:

Tihana Herceg

 

Lola / Cavalleria Rusticana

October 1999

 

Hansel / Hansel and Gretel

October 1994

 

Prince Orlofsky / Die Fledermaus

December 1993 (debut)

Tenor:

Robert MacNeil

Baritone:

William Stone

Baritone:

Daniel Sutin

Viva Verdi, March 2006, David Bazemore Photo