Photo by David Bazemore for Opera Santa Barbara
Archive for January 2011

I came across this picture of Caroline (who created the role of Miss Rose for us in Séance last fall) and had to share! From Boston Lyric Opera’s 2010 Idomeneo, she’s singing crazy-with-a-vengeance Elettra – Go get ‘em, Caroline!


Opera Nights at Tre Lune!

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One of our favorite annual traditions continues with our Opera Nights at Tre Lune Restaurant in Montecito. Each evening features a four-course dinner, with each course preceded by arias and duets performed by cast members of our production of La Traviata.

Dates are February 8 & March 1 at 6:30 pm

Cost is $100 per person

Reservations required by calling 805.969.2646


It’s tenor time! Today’s Traviata clips are two of the new generation of tenors, and their take on Alfredo’s aria. Love them both for different reasons – Polish tenor Piotr Beczala has such a beautiful and even sound – really gorgeous throughout the aria! Effectively simple performance. Jonas Kaufmann (here in a rather strange production from Paris) gives a performance with more fire, and his unique baritonal sound is exciting to listen to – gutsy and raw. Enjoy!


Free Lunchtime Concerts Return!

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Opera Santa Barbara’s 2011 Studio Artists are arriving, and with their arrival is the return of our Free Lunchtime Concerts! This year’s concerts will take place in the McCune Founders Room of the Granada Theatre. All concerts begin at 12 noon and last approx. 45 minutes. Following are the dates of this year’s FREE concerts:

Concert Dates: February 9, 16, 23 and March 2.

This year’s concert series is sponsored by US Bank.

For more information, call 805.898.3890


This is very last minute notice, but I just heard about a documentary that will play at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival about mezzo-soprano Barbara Smith Conrad and her struggle to gain acceptance in the world of opera. It’s gotten some great notices and draws some attention to an important period in American History and the intersection between music and civil rights.

It plays TODAY (Friday) at 1pm and tomorrow (Saturday) at 7pm at the Santa Barbara Art Museum. On Monday morning it will have its final viewing at 8am at the Metro 4 Theater (618 State between Ortega and Cota).

“When I Rise is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

A gifted black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar.



This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world.  When I Rise is an inspirational journey toward finding forgiveness within oneself.”

~ www.whenirisefilm.com

For further reading: Here is a LINK to an article about Ms. Smith Conrad in the Austin Chronicle.