Opera Santa Barbara embarks on First Youth Opera Summer Program

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to embark on its first Santa Barbara Youth Opera summer camp. From June 10-23, the talented group of young singers will be producing, rehearsing, and then performing Ben Moore and Kelley Rourke’s Odyssey (commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival) at the Alhecama Theatre.

The Santa Barbara Youth Opera provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment. Students enjoy unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company.

Camp schedule consists of morning workshops with our production team—the same costume manager, stage manager, prop designer, and hair/wigs/makeup designer that work locally throughout the year for all main stage production. Afternoons will be spent staging the production, music rehearsals, and dance.

Performances will be held on Friday, June 21st at 7:30pm and on Sunday, June 23rd at 2:30pm. There will be a special preview performance at The Solstice Festival Youth Stage on Saturday, June 22nd at 1:30pm. Leadership includes Stage Director, Layna Chianakas of San Jose Opera, Music Director, Erin McKibben of the Santa Barbara Revels, and Program Director, Lex Benes, Education and Outreach Manager for Opera Santa Barbara.

There are still spots open for the summer camp! Please email our Education and Outreach Manager for more info: [email protected]

Santa Barbara Youth Opera provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment. Young singers will also enjoy unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company. For additional information on the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, email [email protected] or call 805-898-3890.

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