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Archive for February 2011

Opera Santa Barbara Studio Artist Program

Meet Opera Santa Barbara’s 2011 Studio Artists, in part one of a series of videos by Daniel Anderson. Stay tuned for more!



Time for some more familiar faces – and more Verdi. Taking a break from Traviata today, here is Mark Rucker (OSB’s 2010 Macbeth) as Iago and tenor Eduardo Villa as the title character in Verdi’s Otello. The video is a bit grainy, but just listen to the great singing. Eduardo (Metropolitan Opera tenor, and a graduate of both Dos Pueblos High and SB City College) came out today to attend the first of our Studio Artist Lunchtime Concerts at the Granada – (Don’t miss the rest – the next 3 Wednesdays at noon at the Granada.) Read on…


Fleming and Gheorghiu

Today’s clips-of-the-day are both concert versions of Traviata but watch how these all-star casts bring out all the drama! Enjoy this great singing. (Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the Act 2 finale, then Renee Fleming and Hvorostovsky in the second act duet.) Read on…


As Séance on a Wet Afternoon goes into production mode at New York City Opera, I thought I’d post some shots of our favorite diva – The incomparable Lauren Flanigan (Myra in the Séance world premiere in SB) paired with two of OSB’s leading men, both past and present.  First, with Ryan MacPherson in NYCO’s production of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa (Ryan sings Alfredo in our Traviata next month), and then with tenor Alan Glassman in the 2007 world premiere of Pasatieri’s Frau Margot at Fort Worth Opera (Alan sang both Turridu and Canio in our 2008 Cav/Pag double bill).

FWO Frau Margot


Opera SB 2011 Studio Artist PrograM

Santa Barbara, CA, FEB. 2, 2010 – This week, seven emerging professional opera singers arrive in Santa Barbara to begin their six-week residency as Opera Santa Barbara’s 2011 Studio Artists.  They will be singing featured roles in a new production of La Traviata on March 4 and 6, but will also represent the opera company in many outreach activities leading up to the opera, including OSB’s Lunchtime Concert Series. Read on…