Opera Santa Barbara to open season with Bizet’s ‘Carmen’

Opera Santa Barbara will open its 2016-17 season with a colorfully electrifying production of Carmen, Georges Bizet’s enduring tale of love and jealousy set amid the vibrant, unruly streets of 19th century Seville. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 4, and at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 6, in the historic Granada Theatre. Ranging in price from $29 to $204, tickets can be purchased at www.granadasb.org or by calling 899-2222.

Directed by Octavio Cardenas, Opera Santa Barbara’s production will feature three of the region’s most celebrated Flamenco dancers – Wendy Castellanos-Wolf, Pamela Lourant, and Marcela Aguayo – and will mark the inaugural appearance of the company’s new Youth Opera chorus for singers ages 8 to 18.

The production also will mark the company conducting debut of Kostis Protopapas, who was named OSB artistic director in July 2015. “I’m very much looking forward to my conducting debut with Opera Santa Barbara, working with an absolutely fantastic cast and the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra and Chorus on one of the world’s most treasured operas” he said.

Opera Santa Barbara’s 2016-17 season will continue with Leos Janacek’s the Cunning Little Vixen and Puccini’s elegant and poignant operetta La Rondine .

The Granada Theatre is located at 1214 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

To place a season subscription order, visit www.operasb.org or call 898-3890.

Subscribers can purchase season tickets for their children ages 17 and under for just $42. These discounted tickets allow for seating with parents in all sections of the Granada except the loge and boxes.


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