UCSB Opera Theatre presents Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro"

Event Date: 

Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

General ($20), non-UCSB students with ID ($10), UCSB students with ID ($5), children under 12 (FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the door, at the Associated Students Ticket Office window (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion), online at the link below (coming soon), or by calling the Associated Students Ticket Office at (805) 893-2064.
Youth tickets may be reserved in advance by visiting the Associated Students Ticket Office window on the UCSB campus (UCEN Room 1535, across from Corwin Pavilion) or by contacting the Associated Students Ticket Office at ticketoffice@as.ucsb.edu or 
(805) 893-2064.
Related Event:
Saturday, February 10, 2018 
7:30 p.m. 
Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230
Barber of Seville (photo by Tony Mastres)
UCSB Opera Theatre's 2013 production of Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" (photo by Tony Mastres)

Saturday's performance is SOLD OUT.

Please consider purchasing tickets for Thursday night's performance at music.ucsb.edu/news/purchase-tickets or (805) 893-2064.

UCSB’s award-winning Opera Theatre program will present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera buffa, Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), on Thursday, February 8 and Saturday, February 10 (SOLD OUT), 2018. Both performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus. Opera Santa Barbara’s General and Artistic Director, Kostis Protopapas, will conduct the production, with Isabel Bayrakdarian (UCSB Assistant Professor of Voice) serving as Stage Director and Benjamin Brecher (UCSB Professor of Voice) serving as Music Director and Producer. The opera will feature many of the program’s top graduate students, including Tyler Reece (Count Almaviva), Julie Davies (Countess Almaviva), Naomi Merer (Susanna), Byron Mayes (Figaro), Kelly Newberry (Cherubino), Molly Clementz (Marcellina), Zach Mendez (Don Curzio/Basilio), Carol Tsai (Barbarina), and Cloe Gentile (chorus member), as well as many talented undergraduates such as Byron Wu (Antonio), and Alexa Lopez, Alexandria Jackson, and Terra Giddens (chorus members), plus Opera Santa Barbara's Scott Levin (Bartolo).


Composed in 1786 and premiered that same year at the Burgtheater in Vienna, the four act opera buffa weaves a charming narrative of love and forgiveness, while playing off of ever-present tensions among the social classes and between the sexes. Lorenzo Da Ponte’s Italian libretto continues the tale of Gioachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville, in which Figaro helped Count Almaviva win over Rosina, who ultimately became the Countess Almaviva. In The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro is now working as the Count’s valet, and is set to marry the Countess’ maid, Susanna. Count Almaviva has also fallen for Susanna, and challenges Figaro for her affection. After learning of her husband’s intentions, Countess Almaviva quickly becomes embroiled in the drama. The resulting chaos makes for an entertaining experience for all.

Creative Team

Conductor | Kostis Protopapas
Assistant Conductor | Stefan Iliescu
Stage Director | Isabel Bayrakdarian
Music Director and Producer | Benjamin Brecher
Production Manager | Anthony Garcia
Stage Manager | Sam Dei Rossi
Assistant Stage Manager | Kathryn Carlson
Set Designer/Builder | Rick Adamson
Lighting Designer | Ben Crop
Board Operator/Master Electrician | Tiffany Rizzo-Weaver
Costume Designer | Lise Lange
Student Costume Assistant | Janet Carrasco
Hair and Make-up Designer | Sarah Flores


Susanna | Naomi Merer
Figaro | Byron Mayes
Count Almaviva | Tyler Reece
Countess Almaviva | Julie Davies
Cherubino | Kelly Newberry
Marcellina | Molly Clementz
Don Curzio/Basilio | Zach Mendez
Barbarina | Carol Tsai
Antonio | Byron Wu
Bartolo | Scott Levin
Chorus | Alexa Lopez, Alexandria Jackson, Terra Giddens, Cloe Gentile
Rehearsal Pianist | Jared Eben
Sung in Italian with English surtitles


Barber of Seville (photo by Tony Mastres)