Opera Santa Barbara Announces Free Tickets for Younger Audience Members

By David Salazar

Opera Santa Barbara has announced that it will give free tickets for audience members ages eight to 18 for its upcomng season, which includes four productions.

Per an official press release, audience members ages eight through 15 must be acompanied by a paying adult. Additionally, there will be two free Young Patron tickets for each paying adult. Meanwhile, attendees aged 16-18 will not need to be accompanied by paying patrons.

Our experience from the student matinee performances  last season has shown that a live, fully staged performance with world class performers and professional orchestra in one of our city’s state-of-the-art theaters is a life-changing experience for young people,” said Artistic and General Director Kostis Protopapas in an official press statement issued by the company. “For our 30th anniversary we would like to go one step further, and give parents the opportunity to introduce their children to the power of professional music theater without worrying about price, and to students ages 16-18 to put together a group of friends and enjoy our shows, even if their school is not coming to one of our student matinees.”

The company also revealed its intention to present student matinee performances of “Zorro” and “El Gato con botas.” In addition to those two works, the company will also present “Carmen,” “Il Trovatore, and “LA DIVINA.”