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Opera Santa Barbara will presentĀ Menotti’s one-act opera The Telephone on Monday, August 25 at 12:00 pm at the Center Stage Theatre.

Premiering in 1947, the opera tells the story of Ben, who is leaving on a trip and wants to propose to his girlfriend Lucy before leaving. however, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the phone. Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage, but finds a way to make one last attempt, over the phone. The performance will be directed by Artistic director Jose Maria Condemi and will include piano accompaniment.

Tickets are $15 per person, and will go on sale on August 1 at the Center Stage Box Office.


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