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The Opera Santa Barbara family mourns the unexpected loss of our beloved Maestro Valéry Ryvkin, our Artistic Director and Principal Conductor from 1999 until 2008. Valéry was not only a consummate musician and terrific conductor, but also, and perhaps more importantly, a human being of rare sincerity...

L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore