Lucia di Lammermoor, April 2002, David Bazemore Photo

“LA DOLCE VITA” EVENT INSPIRED BY CLASSIC ITALIAN FILM
1960s Roman nightlife suggests theme for Opera fundraiser

Santa Barbara, CA, May 9, 2011 – Faster than you can say “Volare!” the stage of the Granada Theater will be transformed into a cabaret setting for Opera Santa Barbara’s “La Dolce Vita” fundraiser on May 22 (5:30 p.m.). Noted Santa Barbara architect Britt Jewett, owner of Studio 7 Architecture and Allied Arts, will recreate a vision of the famous Trevi fountain as a focal point of the on-stage decor. Lead architect for the restoration of the Santa Barbara Courthouse Hall of Records, Britt has provided innovative art installation set pieces for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for the past six years.

Jessica Medoff & Michael BunchmanHighlighting the evening’s entertainment will be soprano Jessica Medoff and her husband, pianist Michael Bunchman. The duo will treat guests to a silky, sassy take on classic Italian pop songs from the 1960s. Band Leader Dick Prato and Bella Musica will provide dance music throughout the night. Guest will indulge in lavish Italian buffet offerings and a decadent gelato bar catered by Via Maestra, with libations from a signature martini bar sponsored by Ventura Limoncello Company and Palmina wine offerings. If the event inspires guests to plan a true Italian adventure, a week in the elegant Palazzo Rimbotti in Florence is just one of the exciting premiums items up for bid in the live auction.

Tickets are $100 per person, or $1,200 to sponsor a “premium seating” table of 8. Reservations can be made by calling: 805-898-3890 or visiting the website: OperaSB.com. 1960s cocktail attire is suggested.

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Sponsors for the event include the following:

• Shaver Automotive Group
•  Fiat of Thousand Oaks
• Vespa of Thousand Oaks
• Britt Jewett; Studio 7 Architecture & Allied Arts
• Palmina Wines
• Ventura Limoncello Company
• Via Maestra
• The Tent Merchant


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