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Opera Santa Barbara gears up for exclusive performances in November

8 Nov 2013 9:55 AM
Opera Santa Barbara gears up for string of exclusive performances in November

Offering its residents and visitors countless opportunities for recreation and enjoyment, the Golden State is not only home to specialty businesses and cutting-edge technologies, but also vibrant culture. California's many cities and affluent communities of luxury real estate owners have long been the site of ongoing innovation in numerous mediums, and they continue to be today.

Much like many of California's other popular residential areas, Santa Barbara boasts thrilling live opera performances, depicting contemporary tales.

And, this weekend, those interested in seeing a beloved story brought back to life can enjoy doing so at the Granada Theatre, as Opera Santa Barbara presents "Tosca" on Nov. 8, 9 and 10, according to the Santa Barbara Independent. The show, which was written by Giacomo Puccini and has been performed nearly 900 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, will feature soprano Marcy Stonikas, who will make her debut at the venue portraying the title role.

Stonikas' performance expected to be exceptional
The actress is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, as well as the recipient of first place honors in the Wagner Division of the 2013 Gerda Lissner Foundation Vocal Competition, the news source reported. Her range will undoubtedly come in handy during her depiction of the titular character, as the character experiences many emotions in each act. 

"It's kind of a roller coaster because there are so many emotions she goes through in such a short amount of time," Stonikas told the local newspaper. "Obviously there are always vocal implications - it's not like it's an easy sing. The whole show's about pacing as far as what's happening emotionally for the character; figuring that out, and not going too far."

She even alluded to her excitement for the play's production quality, telling the Santa Barbara Independent that the artistic directors are embracing minimalist set designs, forgoing luxury homes for simple props and blocking.

"The set is not grandiose, but I think that's really great because you can focus on the action and characters," Stonikas said, according to the new source. "You don't have to worry so much about what the curtains look like."

Play boasts thrilling plot, respected spot in history
Perhaps due to its high level of entertainment value, this production has repeatedly drawn adulation from theater enthusiasts and continues to be shown at venues worldwide. The opera recently returned to the Metropolitan Opera in October, according to The New York Times.