Opera Santa Barbara Offers Free Performance for Students

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Opera Santa Barbara (OperaSB) will present a free performance of its final 25th Anniversary season offering of The Crucible, 10 am Monday, April 29 at the Lobero Theatre. Underwritten in part by Montecito Bank and Trust and the Musician's Union Fund, 570 students from around the Santa Barbara and Ventura area will experience Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera.

This special matinee performance seeks to enrich the Language Arts curriculum for participating schools: The Anacapa School, La Cuesta High School, Carpinteria High School, Adolfo Camarillo High School, Rancho Campana High School, Channel Islands High School, Oxnard High School, and Santa Paula High School.

“We believe that it is critical to introduce area youth to the arts and to develop new audiences who may have had very limited contact with the rich medium of opera,” said Education and Outreach Manager, Lex Benes.

Opera Santa Barbara’s outreach programming includes Opera Lab, a popular program for elementary to middle school aged students to create their own operas, learn story-building techniques, and experience opera first hand. Later this summer, the company will be extending components of its successful Youth Opera Program into a stand-alone, in-depth exploration of opera production for students ages 6-18. The two-week intensive opera camp is designed to offer young singers of all skill levels unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company and concludes with all the participants appearing in a production of Odyssey, an opera for young singers based on Homer’s tale about Odysseus’ return to Athens after the Trojan War. 


 Opera Santa Barbara closes its 25th Anniversary Season with an OSB premiere of Robert Ward’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, The Crucible, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at the Lobero Theatre. Ranging in price from $49-$129, tickets can be purchased online at loberotheatre.org or by calling 805-963-0761.

Edhat readers receive a 20% discount on all ticket prices by using the code HAT20

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