Opera SB offers FREE Bus for North County Residents

Opera SB offers FREE Bus for North County Residents
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Opera Santa Barbara Offers FREE Transportation for North County Residents to Attend Performance of  Il Postino

In a pilot program to make opera more accessible to North County residents, Opera SB will be offering free bus transportation for residents to the Sunday Matinee performance of its first opera sung in Spanish, Mexican-American composer Daniel Catán’s Il Postino (The Postman) on Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:30pm at the Lobero Theatre, 33 E Canon Perdido St.

As part of Opera SB’s ongoing commitment to civic practice and creating more opportunities for Santa Barbara and its surrounding communities to experience opera, removing practical barriers like financial constraints and venue transportation has been a top priority this season. 

“With a dedicated opera fan base in communities like Santa Maria and Solvang for the company’s ongoing series of Free Noontime Concerts, creating easier access to attend the live, mainstage productions was a natural next step for Opera SB,” noted Kostis Protopapas, Artistic and General Director of Opera SB. 

Thanks to new funding support from a Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Arts Making Impact grant, bus transportation will be available for the matinee performance on Sunday, March 8 with pick-up/drop-off from two locations:

Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, CA 9345412:00 PM
Pick-up - 7:00 PM Drop-off

Wildling Museum, 1551-B Mission Dr, Solvang, CA 9346312:45 PM
Pick-up - 6:15 PM Drop-off

A limited number of community access tickets are available for individuals who qualify.  For more information and to reserve a spot on the bus, please contact Lex Benes, Education and Community Engagement Manager, at [email protected] or (805) 898-3890.

About the Opera:The sounds of the Mediterranean come alive in Daniel Catán’s acclaimed opera sung in Spanish with English supertitles. Based on the Oscar-winning film, Il Postino (The Postman) chronicles the enduring friendship between exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and Mario, the shy postman who brings him his fan mail. Mario becomes Neruda’s student, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid and to express the struggles of his fellow working-class villagers who live on a small Italian island in the 1950s.

Ticket Info:
Single Tickets: Start at $51
Under 18/Student: $19 (with valid Student ID)
Group Rate: Groups of 10 or more save 15% on tickets
Seniors: Save 15% on tickets
Under 40: $39 (with valid ID)

Ticketing fees will apply depending on theatre venue. Opera Santa Barbara reserves the right to modify or suspend special pricing promotions at any time without notice.

Opera Santa Barbara’s 26th season continues with Daniel Catan’s masterpiece, Il Postino, at the Lobero Theatre, Saturday, March 7 at 7:30pm and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30pm. In addition to its mainstage productions, Opera SB’s community and education efforts include The Opera Lab, a free interactive program for elementary school students, the Santa Barbara Youth Opera, the popular season-long free Noontime Concert Series, and the recent launch of its young professionals social club, Operacurious.


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