UCSB Opera Theatre's production of The Barber of Seville. Photo by Tony Mastres.
UCSB Opera Theatre will present excerpts from three operas selected as finalists for the National Opera Association’s Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition on Friday, January 6, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The event is one of the highlights of the National Opera Association’s annual convention, which will be held at the Fess Parker Hotel in downtown Santa Barbara from January 4-8, 2017. The performance will be attended by over 200 members of the National Opera Association, with an additional 100 seats available to the public.
The Dominick Argento Chamber Opera Competition encourages the composition and performance of short operas especially useful in opera workshops and other training venues, and runs in two-year cycles. The 2016-2018 finalists include After Life by Tom Cipullo (composer) and David Mason (librettist); Letters from Quebec to Providence in the Rain by Jeremy Gill (composer & librettist), based on a play by Don Nigro; and The Scarecrow by Joseph Turrin (composer) and Bernard Stambler (librettist). Following UCSB Opera Theatre’s performance of scenes from each of the three operas, a panel of internationally renowned judges will select the winner. The winning opera will then be performed in its entirety at the National Opera Association convention the following year.