Aida 2013; David Bazemore Photo
Welcome to the Events & Happenings

Opera Santa Barbara has designed a series of opera-themed events, including several opera-themed dinner parties that are being hosted by patrons and friends of Opera Santa Barbara.

Each party can accommodate a limited number of guests. Spaces at the individual parties are purchased separately and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Party Book sales began at the Opera Ball on February 13, 2015. Party spaces not sold at the fundraiser are now available to the general public!

To purchase a space at a party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.


The Art of Sushi at Pagoda House

Sunday, March 22, 5:30 PM

This party, now celebrating its third year, has become one of the most memorable of all our Party Book items. Guests will learn to make dazzlingly delicious sushi rolls at the famed Pagoda House on Santa Barbara’s Riviera. Takako Wakita, 
SB City College sushi instructor, will teach you the different types of sushi rolls and demonstrate how to prepare, cut and serve in a flawless step by step process. The Pagoda House, a Japanese style home, looks as if it should be sitting on a hill in Tokyo. Built in 1910, the home has been meticulously restored by our host Maggie Gallant.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)      Number Available: 1 Space Remaining

A Streetcar Named Desire

Monday, April 6, 6:30 PM

Enjoy a New Orleans-inspired dinner party featuring the cast members from Opera Santa Barbara’s April production of
 A Streetcar Named Desire. This exciting party will be held at the home of Joan & Geoffrey Rutkowski on the Santa Barbara Riviera. A delicious dinner featuring cuisine from “the Bayou” will entice guests, and you will have an exclusive opportunity to meet some of the cast members from our production of Streetcar.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 3 Spaces Remaining

La traviata

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM

If you’ve ever been to a party at the home of Bob & Sandy Urquhart, you will know that no detail is spared! For this special French-inspired evening, guests will enjoy a sit-down catered dinner interspersed with scenes from the sublime film of La Traviata starring Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo. Joining the party will be Opera Santa Barbara’s former Artistic Director Valery ryvkin, who will share his insight and intimate knowledge of the performers, the film and Verdi’s seminal work.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: SOLD OUT

Porgy & Bess

Saturday, August 29, 6:30 pM

Host Jean Rogers will present an Al-Fresco dinner on the night of the August full moon at her glorious home in Birnam Wood. The event will feature a custom designed farm-to-table feast inspired by Gershwin’s English-language opera Porgy & Bess. Southern-inspired cuisine will tempt your palate, as you are serenaded by a guest artist who will perform some of the memorable music from the opera, including the very popular song “Summertime”, all under the glow of the full moon.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 15 Spaces Remaining

The Barber of Seville

Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

Enter the world of Bartolo’s Seville as guests enjoy a sparkling evening at the home of Peter & Deborah Bertling. This intimate dinner will celebrate Seville and the delicious tapas and wines of Southern Spain. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Spanish finery, as they enjoy the music of Rossini’s greatest masterpiece.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 5 Spaces Remaining


Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

From the Habanero to the Torreador Song, the music of Bizet’s Carmen has lived on as one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Hosts Diane Dodds and David Reichert have conceived an evening celebrating fine music, fine food and fine times all themed on the opera Carmen.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 9 Spaces Remaining


Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

If anyone fully appreciates the pleasures of Italian cooking and fine dining, it’s Richard and Susan Aberle! Guests at this party will enjoy an authentic Roman meal in the spirit of Puccini’s Tosca! This delicious sit-down dinner will be catered by Via Maestra. In a feast fit for Baron Scarpia, you will enjoy some of Puccini’s finest music as a backdrop to this extraordinary evening.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 8 Spaces Remaining

and Modern Art

Sunday, September 27, 6:00 PM

It’s time to grease your vocal cords and “show your stuff” as Opera Santa Barbara hosts a Karaoke Night at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Barbara. Guests will sip champagne and feast on delectable appetizers while enjoying the museum’s exhibits. Then, a professional DJ will join us with a complete Karaoke system, to enable guests to sing (or lip sync) their favorite melodies. The acoustics in the space are stellar, and it’s a perfect venue to showcase your Karaoke talents!

Cost per person: $85 ($25 Tax Deductible)       Number Available: 30

The Phantom of the Opera

Friday, october 30, 7:00 PM

Just in time for Halloween, this event will be held in one of the most unique locations in all of Santa Barbara: the former jail on the top floor of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse! Hosts Rodney Baker and Robert Ooley are known for their ability to create “magic” at their events, and we can assure you a most memorable, if not unforgettable, evening. Guests are invited to dress in their Phantom finery, as they enjoy live music from the musical, drinks and delicious food all set in the most remarkable and haunting venue.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: SOLD OUT

Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

Sunday, December 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

For the third year in a row, Opera Santa Barbara has reserved one entire Trolley for the annual Christmas Lights Trolley Tour. This fun and engaging event tours several local neighborhoods, where the homes have been stunningly decorated with thousands of holiday lights and special decorations. The families of the homes greet guests as the trolley passes, and lively holiday music completes the trolley tour. Prior to the Trolley Tour, guests will enjoy a “Tailgate Party” hosted by OSB General Director Steven Sharpe where he will serve hot mulled wine and cider as well as a special selection of holiday treats.

Cost per person: $100 ($25 Tax Deductible)       Number Available: 22 Spaces Remaining


To purchase a space at a party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.

The arrival of the Mosher Studio Artists for our production of L’italiana in Algeri means the return of our free Noontime Concert series!. These concerts are offered FREE to the public, and feature the talented members of our Mosher Studio Artists Program. Concerts feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.

All concerts will be held on Wednesdays in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library.

February 2015 DATES: February 18,  25 and March 4.

NOTE: The March 4 concert will be held in the McCune Founders Room of the Granada Theatre.

March 2015 DATES: March 11, 18 and 25

LOCATION: The Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

START TIME: 12:00 Noon

For more information, call 805-898-3890





ArtistHostEblastSMOpera Santa Barbara is very excited about our upcoming season, featuring three fully-staged operas! This season continues OSB’s dedication to bringing high caliber professional artists to the stage of the Granada Theatre. One of the ways in which we are able to maintain a roster of fabulous singers, is through our Artist Host program. You can support our work by becoming an Artist Host.

Artist Hosts provide housing for one of our artists. We request a private bedroom, private bathroom, access to a kitchen and internet access. We are able to install internet if that is not available. Hosts are not expected to provide transportation, meals, or any other amenity. The artists tend to be working most afternoons and evenings, and enjoy quiet time in the mornings.

Artist hosts are given two tickets to the production, an invitation to the Artist Welcome Party, an invitation to a Private Rehearsal and Reception, an invitation to the Opening Night Party and a $100 stipend to cover any utility costs.

Dates we need housing for are October 13 – November 10, 2014; February 9 – March 9, 2015; and March 28 – April 27, 2015.

If you are interested in this program, or have any questions, please contact Kristen Reed at or by calling 805.898.3890.