What better way to enjoy a beautiful art exhibition than to pair it with a beautiful performance of impromptu opera? Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) will partner with Opera Santa Barbara to give a show featuring soprano Jessica Julin complementing the Museum’s permanent collection and the Delacroix and the Matter of Finish exhibition. This performance will feature arias and songs from Otello, Tosca and other works. The pop-up show takes place on November 7 from 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Jessica Julin completed her studies at the renowned Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia (AVA) and, in the same year, was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Grand Finalist for the 2009 season. Julin was a frequent winner of competitions which include the J.P. Parkinson Competition, Lois Alba Aria Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, Bel Canto Foundation (Chicago) and Civic Morning Musicals. She often performed to rave reviews during her time at AVA, in roles such as Eudossia in Respighi’s La Fiamma, Agathe in Der Freischütz and Freia in Das Rheingold. Recently, Julin traveled to Bilbao, Spain to perform as Mrs. Gleaton in the Spanish premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah and worked personally with composer Nico Muhly for Dark Sisters, a work in progress, with Gotham Chamber Opera of New York.
Eugene Delacroix’s relatively unknown painting, The Last Words of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, will debut at Delacroix and the Matter of Finish, which will be available for the public to view from October 27, 2013–January 26, 2014. Delacroix is considered the leader of the French Romantic movement and was deeply admired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Georges Saurat and Paul Cézanne.
For more information about the exhibition and the pop-up opera, click here. The performance is free to the public.