Very, Very Verdi

Opera Santa Barbara Reaches Out

As part of the third season of Opera on the Go—a series of monthly public lectures on operatic composers and the direction of opera as an art form—Opera Santa Barbara presents Verdi: An Intimate View. The lecture by renowned opera writer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz will focus on the composer’s life and career. Phillips-Matz’s biography of Giuseppe Verdi (pictured) is based on more than 30 years of research in public and private archives about the man who’s celebrated throughout Italy for his patriotism, philanthropy, and composition. Her lecture will provide a glimpse into Verdi’s musical genius, 19th century Italy, and the Verdi family story.


Verdi: An Intimate View is an appropriate entrée to Opera Santa Barbara’s 2007 season, which opens with the original production Viva Verdi, a modern opera written by the Granada Theatre’s executive director Peter Frisch and featuring some of the composer’s greatest arias. The Verdi Festival runs from February to March with productions of Rigoletto and A Masked Ball. The opera will be auditioning singers for the chorus between October and December.

● 411 ● Verdi: An Intimate View will be held Wednesday, September 20, 5:30 pm, at Victoria Hall. Tickets for the eight-part series of Opera on the Go are $120 or $96 for season subscribers, and can be ordered by calling 898-3890. Single tickets are $15 per person, $12 for season subscribers, and $5 for students with identification, and are only available at the door.

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