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Santa Barbara, CA, January 18,2011 – Opera Santa Barbara will soon be a beehive of activity as principal artists join the OSB Studio Artists and chorus for staging rehearsals for the upcoming production of Verdi’s La Traviata on March 4 and 6, at The Granada Theatre.
The opera is set in Paris at the time of the Paris Exposition (1889). La Traviata is one of the
most beloved operas whose beautiful arias have charmed listeners the world over since 1853. It tells the tragic love story of the beautiful courtesan, Violetta Valéry and the dashing Alfredo Germont, who ends their love affair when his disapproving father interferes.
Directing this brand-new production is José Maria Condemi. Called “one of the most promising and impressive directors in all opera,” he was appointed Artistic Director for the opera company in March 2010. In demand across the country for his imaginative and creative stage work, Mr. Condemi has directed productions for companies nationwide and abroad
including San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Portland Opera and Cincinnati Opera among others. He looks forward to bringing a fresh approach to La Traviata’s timeless story of love, betrayal and redemption.
Mr. Condemi will be directing a cast that includes soprano Rebecca Davis (Violetta), described as “a beguiling blend of temperament, charm and vocal presence,” tenor Ryan MacPherson (Alfredo), known for his beautiful voice and captivating stage presence and a returning artist to the Opera Santa Barbara stage, baritone Malcolm MacKenzie (Germont), whose international career includes a debut in the Metropolitan Opera production of Carmen last season.The principal artists will be joined by the 2011 OSB Studio Artists in featured roles: Rebecca Fay (Annina), Alissa Anderson (Flora), Steven Tompkins (Gaston/Giuseppe), Michael Krzankowski (The Baron), Gabriel Manro (Marquis) and Gabriel Vamvulescu (Dr. Grenville). Maestro Valéry Ryvkin returns to the OSB podium to conduct the singers, chorus and orchestra.
Opera Santa Barbara is creating new sets and costumes for this production in cooperation with Opera San Jose. San Francisco-based scenic designer Erik Flatmo and costume designer Elizabeth Poindexter, have designed opulent turn-of-the-century sets and costumes for this new production certain to delight audiences in their attention to period detail,
evocative of the elegance of Paris in the late 1800s. Opera Santa Barbara’s website offers a “sneak peek” at the costumes and sets at: OperaSB.com.
La traviata will open on Friday, March 4 at 7:30 pm with a second performance on Sunday, March 6 at 2:30 pm. Ticket prices start at $28 and are available through The Granada Theatre box office (805-899-2222) or online at www.granadasb.org.
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