30th Anniversary Season 2023-2024


Carmen, by Georges Bizet on Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the Granada Theatre

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi for Sunday, February 11, 2024 at the Lobero Theatre

Zorro by Héctor Armienta for  Sunday April 21, 2024 at the Lobero Theatre

A Spanish-themed season that includes a popular French blockbuster, a juicy Italian classic, and a family-friendly American opera.

Bandits, swashbucklers, and star-crossed lovers populate a season of pageantry and high drama inspired by the music and history of Spain, in our 30th Anniversary season.  

The season will open on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at 2:30 pm with Bizet’s Carmen, arguably the world’s most popular opera, last seen in Santa Barbara in 2016. The performance will take place at the Granada Theater. The production will feature an all-star cast, a large chorus and orchestra, and dancers from State Street Ballet, conducted by OSB Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapas

On Sunday, February 11, 2024 at 2:30pm the company returns to the Lobero Theater for a production of Verdi’s dark historical melodrama Il Trovatore (“The troubadour”). A story of superstition, revenge, and ill-fated love in medieval Spain combined with some of Verdi’s most passionate melodies, including the famous Anvil Chorus, makes Il Trovatore the quintessential Italian romantic opera. The powerhouse cast stars soprano Karin Wolverton,  tenor Adam Diegel, baritone Timothy Mix, mezzo soprano Deborah Nansteel, and bass Andrew Potter. Kostis Protopapas conducts the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra and Chorus.

The season will close on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the Lobero Theatre, with the company premiere of Hector Armienta’s swashbuckling adventure Zorro. Premiered in 2022 at Opera Southwest, Zorro is based on the adventures of Johnston McCully’s legendary pulp hero, the dashing masked vigilante who defends the commoners and indigenous peoples of California against tyrannical officials. Anthony Barrese, who conducted the 2022 premiere, will lead the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra and Chorus in his company debut.