Stage Director

Puccini’s La Boheme – Opera Santa Barbara (2002) – The Santa Barbara Independent

The third act…of Opera Santa Barbara’s La Boheme had me gasping…with a depth and beauty I can only describe as cinematic – my best compliment. It was strikingly memorable, sung, played, acted, and decorated with all the strength of a big city opera put on by seasoned professionals – and something more. I wish the whole show had kept opening, though I saw many a wet eye leaving the theatre. Opera Santa Barbara has evolved powerfully. With magnificence like that shown in the third act…this could be the artistic troupe to bring our city fame.

– The Santa Barbara Independent, December 6, 2002, D.J. Palladino

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