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By Richard Mineards   |   March 26, 2020

Montecito arborist and amateur opera composer Gene Tyburn is on a high note!

Gene Tyburn a hit on YouTube

A video of his opera Macbeth on YouTube has now achieved more than one million views.

“It was all filmed in just one take by a friend,” says an elated Gene, owner of TLC Tree Services for more than 45 years, who was introduced to opera as a youngster.

“It has long been my dream to create opera works that would have popular appeal for Americans. Thus I have created works from Shakespeare’s plays that interested me the most, and that I felt had the best opportunity to be good opera material.”

Gene has also written two new works, Iago and Hamlet. His website is

It’s good to see him branching out….


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