As One Moves

By Richard Mineards   |   April 5, 2022
Kostis Protopapas, Evan Bravos, Alexandra Enyart, Ashley Kay Armstrong, Bob Weinman, Amy Hutchison, and Mark Campbell (photo by Priscilla)

Opera Santa Barbara, under artistic director Kostis Protopapas, brought a new dialogue to an old artform with its latest production, As One, at the Lobero. The innovative 75-minute production, featuring baritone Evan Bravos and mezzo soprano Ashley Kay Armstrong, both Chrisman student artist alumnae, as the transgender characters before and after transitioning. An on-stage quartet under conductor Alexandra Enyart, who also participates in the show, provided the music with Amy Hutchison as creative stage director.

Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning Mark Campbell and filmmaker Kimberly Reed were co-librettists, with Laura Kaminsky composer. Timothy Accurso was principal pianist. As the show concluded, a giant screen image of the blue and yellow Ukrainian flag appeared with the two soloists joining in a moving rendition of the beleaguered country’s national anthem. A moving show, a most moving moment…


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