Join Opera santa Barbara for a staged performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act comic opera The Telephone. Premiering in 1947, the opera tells the story of Ben, who is leaving on a trip and wants to propose to his girlfriend Lucy before leaving. however, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the phone. Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage, but finds a way to make one last attempt, over the phone. the performance, which will be directed by Artistic director Jose Maria Condemi, will be presented at the glorious home of herb & elaine Kendall and will include cocktails and appetizers. But that’s not all. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a rehearsal for this production on August 23, prior to the performance, and witness firsthand how to stage and prepare an opera.