Seance on a Wet Afternoon, September/October 2009, Photo by David Bazemore
Archive for May 2011

Season Announcement Video

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Opera Santa Barbara has created a short 30-second video announcing our new season!
CLICK HERE to watch the video on youtube.


How do you follow a season that critics declared was “on a trajectory to new heights of operatic excellence”? This was the challenge for Opera Santa Barbara’s Artistic Director José Maria Condemi, who has assembled an imposing array of talent for OSB’s 2011-12 season’s three fully-staged operas: Puccini’s enduring love story, La bohème, November 11 and 13 at the Granada Theatre; Mozart’s delightful Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), March 23 and 25 at The Granada Theatre; and to close the season, a debut production of Gluck’s mythical Orphée et Eurydice, April 27 and 29 at The Lobero Theatre. Read on…


The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a $28,000 grant to Opera Santa Barbara to support 2012 production of Orphée et Eurydice

Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that Opera Santa Barbara has been recommended for a grant of $28,000 to support their April 2012 production of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. Opera Santa Barbara is one of 3 Santa Barbara-based organizations recommended for a grant as part of the NEA’s second round of fiscal year 2011 grants. The other two local groups are the Lobero Theatre and the Contemporary Arts Forum. In total, the Arts Endowment will distribute more than $88 million to support 1,145 projects nationwide. Read on…


Bertolucci & Pasolini

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Bernardo Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini

So we’ve been looking at a lot of photos around here to use for our “Dolce Vita” Gala – Sadly, I have no place for this one, but is it not the coolest picture ever? Bernardo Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini – leave it to the Italian film directors to set style standards high! The thing is, I’m pretty sure I have the same outfit, but it looks totally different on me – I guess I need the sunglasses too!  See you on the 22nd ~ BH


“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.
Read on…