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We open in November with one of the world’s most beloved music dramas: Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème is a story of love, friendship, loss, and coming of age, wrapped in achingly beautiful melody. Our own Kostis Protopapas conducts. Omer Ben Seadia, who was last with OSB for A Streetcar Named Desire and L’italiana in Algeri, will direct. Eleni Calenos and Nathan Granner will make you melt in their Santa Barbara debuts as Mimì and Rodolfo; Luis Alejandro Orozco and Elle Valera return as Marcello and Musetta.
In March, we take you to the grand ballrooms and country estates of Imperial Russia, where the young aristocrat Eugene Onegin allows his arrogance to cost him everything. Tchaikovsky’s lush music propels Alexander Pushkin’s compelling story. Maestro Valéry Ryvkin returns to conduct and Ensemble Theatre’s Jonathan Fox directs. Karin Wolverton (Magda/La Rondine, ’17) and Lee Poulis (Ford / Falstaff ’14) return as Tatiana and Onegin. To top it off, we are thrilled to have legendary bass-baritone Samuel Ramey with us as Prince Gremin.
Our season ends in April 2019, with Robert Ward’s The Crucible. This is one of the most gripping works of American opera, based on Arthur Miller’s eerily topical drama centered on the Salem witch trials. Wayne Tigges and Audrey Babcock – both standout singing actors – debut as John and Elizabeth Proctor; Anya Matanovic will sing the malicious Abigail Williams. Kostis Protopapas leads the large cast and orchestra; Rising star Stephanie Havey directs.