Opera Santa Barbara to Open New Season with ‘Tosca’ Starring Eleni Calenos

By David Salazar

Opera Santa Barbara is set to open its 2022-23 season with Puccini’s “Tosca.”

The production, which will be presented for one night only on Oct. 1, 2022, will be directed by Layna Chianakas.

Audiences will see Greek soprano Eleni Calenos in the title role. Adam Diegel interprets the role of Cavaradossi while Wayne Tigges takes on the villainous Scarpia.  Kostis Protopapas will conduct the Santa Barbara Opera Orchestra and Choir.

“Tosca will be a special emotion for me: it is my favorite Puccini opera, but I had never directed or produced it before and I have only done it in my heart, because I have been preparing it in my imagination,” Protopapas said in an official press statement.

“Tosca” is the first of four operas in Opera Santa Barbara’s 2022-23 season. It will be followed by such works as “La Scala di Seta,” “Die Walküre,” and “An American Dream.”