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Benjamin Brecher, Jon Nathan, Kelly Guerra
 
On Friday, November 1st and Sunday, November 3rd, UCSB faculty members Benjamin Brecher, Neil Garber, Dustin McKinney, and Jon Nathan, as well as doctoral student Kelly Guerra, will take the stage at the Granada Theatre for Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, Madama Butterfly. Professor Benjamin Brecher will sing the role of Goro, while Jon Nathan will perform as Principal Timpani, Neil Garber will perform as Principal Double Bass, and Dustin McKinney will perform as Second Trumpet in the Opera Santa Barbara Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Kelly Guerra, a student of Associate Professor Isabel Bayrakdarian, will perform as part of the chorus. Read more...
 
 
  • János Benyus with Dr. Steven Gross and fellow juror Bill VerMeulen
Professor Steven Gross served as Executive Director and Juror at the International Horn Competition of America over Labor Day weekend. The Professional Division winner, János Benyus, is Principal Horn of the Hungarian State Opera. The competition is held every two years, and its venue is at different universities in the United States. Read more...
  • UCSB Women's Chorus
On December 7, 2019 at 8 pm, members of the UCSB Chamber Choir and Women’s Chorus will be featured in the Holiday Pops Concert with the Santa Barbara Symphony at the historic and beautiful Granada Theatre in downtown Santa Barbara. This incredible opportunity and collaboration will see our talented choirs perform timeless and popular holiday arrangements alongside Broadway star Christiane Noll and guest conductor Andy Einhorn. Read more...
  • Dr. John Ballerino
An accomplished speaker and performer of Spanish and Latin American music, Dr. John Ballerino, a Continuing Lecturer in the Voice and Keyboard programs at UC Santa Barbara, is known for his contributions to Spanish opera. Dr. Ballerino has served as Spanish diction coach and pianist for productions by the Los Angeles Opera and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, among others. Most recently, Dr. Ballerino was hired during Fall Quarter 2018 and Winter Quarter 2019 as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he coached students ahead of the university’s November 2019 world premiere production of the contemporary Spanish opera, Juana. Dr. Ballerino coached students on diction (pronunciation of words while singing) and assisted with both text and musical editing. Read more...
 
  • Dr. Ruth Hellier-Tinoco at conference
Professor Ruth Hellier-Tinoco has had a busy summer with conference presentations and book promotions at three major conferences in Mexico and the USA. In June, Dr. Hellier-Tinoco participated in the 2019 Congress or Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NYU), themed The World Inside Out: Humor, Noise, and Performance, which was held at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. At this nine-day event, Dr. Hellier-Tinoco presented her book titled Performing Palimpsest Bodies: Postmemory Theatre Experiments [in Mexico]Read more...