Opera Santa Barbara Adds Production to 2023 Season

By David Salazar

Opera Santa Barbara has announced the addition of a musical to its 2023 season.

The company will now present four performances of “The Light in the Piazza” on March 23-26, 2023. The production will star Matthew Greenblatt and Brooklyn Snow. It will be directed by Layna Chianakas, who previously directed “Speed Dating Tonight” last season as well as “Tosca.”

Principal Pianist and Director of the Chrisman Studio Tim Accurso will conduct the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra.

“Thanks to the support of Sarah and Roger Chrisman and the leadership of Tim Accurso, the Chrisman Studio Artist program has become one of our company’s biggest successes in the past few seasons”, said OSB Artistic and General Director, Kostis Protopapas, in an official press statement. “We have showcased the Chrisman Studio Artists in an annual production at   Center Stage Theater every March since 2018. Last year’s production of ‘Speed Dating Tonight’ was so impressive that we decided it was time to go big with a full-length work of broad appeal, and shine a big spotlight on the amazing talent of these young artists.”