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Archive for April 2011

CASA Magazine Review of “Trouble In Tahiti” and “La serva padrona”

Opera Duet: 

La Serva Padrona and Trouble in Tahiti at Opera Santa Barbara

FRIDAY, April 15, 2011

by Robert F. Adams

Intriguing performances of Giovanni Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (The Servant Mistress) paired with Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti were given by Opera Santa Barbara at the historic Lobero Theatre on April 8th and 10th, 2011. An adventurous double-bill, this unlikely program of short operatic works comprised the final productions of the current opera season.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Operatic adventures in the chamber

Opera Santa Barbara’s double-header of Pergolesi’s ‘La serva padrona’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ brought grand designs into a chamber setting

JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT

April 12, 2011 7:22 AM

Taken on its own considerable merits, last weekend’ double-header chamber opera event at the Lobero Theatre, gamely mixing the 18th-century wiles of Pergolesi with the 20th-century fare of Leonard Bernstein, was a wowing triumph on an innately modest scale. On this occasion, Pergolesi’s musically lustrous, satirical farce about romantic power playing, “La serva padrona,” made for a surprisingly apt playmate for Bernstein’s 1952 parody-gone-dark “Trouble in Tahiti.” Read on…


RAFFLE: Win a Vespa!

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Opera Santa Barbara announces our “La Dolce Vita” RAFFLE! One lucky winner will win a brand new Vespa, along with a helmut which is the colors of the Italian Flag!

Raffle Tickets are $25 each, or 5 for $100.

The drawing will be held on May 22, 2011 at our “La Dolce Vita” fundraising event at the Granada.

Winner need not be present to win.

To order your tickets, call 805.898.3890 or stop by the Opera offices at 1330 State Street.


Santa Barbara Independent Review of Trouble in Tahiti and La serva padrona

One-act Operas Explore Promise, Pitfalls of Matrimony on Friday, April 8

Monday, April 11, 2011

By Tom Jacobs

Love and marriage, as one musical-theater composer noted, go together like a horse and carriage. While the idea of getting hitched can be exhilarating, the actual journey is often bumpy. Opera Santa Barbara presented both sides of this coin last weekend in the Lobero Theatre in a satisfying evening of one-acts. Giovanni Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, which dates from 1733, is a bubbly comedy about a maid who schemes to get her bachelor employer to propose to her. Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, which premiered in 1952, shows us a day in the life of an unhappy marriage.

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Trouble in Tahiti; Scene 1

Today we have a post from our double-bill’s stage director, Lawrence Edelson, that he wrote for American Lyric Theater’s blog, where he is Artistic Director:

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Making Singers Cry

No, I did not yell at anyone in rehearsal.  When working on an opera that strikes a deep emotional chord with the entire cast and creative team, it’s easy for emotions to get flowing! Read on…