Opera Santa Barbara will make free tickets available to young people for all performances of its 30th anniversary season, including “Carmen,” “Il Trovatore,” “Zorro,” “La Divina,” and “El Gato con Botas” (“Puss in Boots”).

“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 Kostis Protopapas, artistic and general director .

“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,” he said.

Free tickets for young patrons are offered based on the following conditions:

● Patrons 8-15 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Limit two free Young Patron tickets for each paying adult. For group requests, contact info@operasb.org.
● Patrons 16-18 do not have to be accompanied by paying patrons, but a two-ticket-per-patron limit applies. For group requests, contact info@operasb.org.
● All Young Patron tickets and accompanying adult tickets will be seated at the discretion of management.
● All Young Patron tickets and paid accompanying adult tickets have to be obtained in person at the box office or by phone at Granada Theatre: 805-899-2222 or Lobero Theatre: 805-963-0761.
● Unless otherwise published, Opera Santa Barbara productions are not recommended for individuals under age 8.
● A limited number of free Young Patron tickets will be available for each production.

In addition to its regular perfomances, Opera Santa Barbara is planning to offer student
matinee performances of “Zorro,” and “El Gato con Botas.” Interested teachers and school
administrators can contact Tim Accurso at Tim@operasb.org for information.

For the full schedule of Opera Santa Barbara’s performances, visit