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The Mosher Studio Artists for our 2015/2016 productions of Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore and Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi will present a series of free Noontime Concerts throughout our next season!. 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.

2015/2016 CONCERT DATES:

Don Giovanni: October 21, 28 & November 4, 2015

L’elisir d’amore: February 17, 24 and March 2, 2016

Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi: April 6, 13 & 20, 2016

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

 

 

 

 


Trattoria Vittoria, an authentic Italian restaurant located just around the corner from the Granada Theatre is offering a post-performance celebration featuring a special dinner following our matinee performance of A Streetcar Named Desire.

Sunday, April 26

5:45 pm

Trattoria Vittoria

30 East Victoria Street, Santa Barbara

 

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes choice of first and second courses, menu below.

Tickets must be purchased at the time of reservation.

Purchase your tickets by calling 805.962.5014

Trattoria Vittoria Opera Menu

 


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

Carmen

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

Tosca

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

Karaoke 
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.


An Operatic Evening in Verona

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Opera Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort & Spa are partnering on an extraordinary night of fine wine, fine food and fine music!

Fumanelli DinnerInspired by Verona, the “City of Love” as made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this elegant evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine, fine food and fine music! Verona’s top winemaker, Armando Fumanelli, proprietor of Fumanelli Cellars, will present four Fumanelli wines, paired with a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon. Each course will be preceded by Italian arias and duets performed by guest artists from Opera Santa Barbara.

Dinner will be served in Bacara’s magnificent circular Rotunda, situated above the resort’s lobby and courtyard. With soothing natural light filling the space, French windows and a private terrace, the Rotunda offers 360 degree views of Bacara’s magical seaside property. Architectural elements such as the beamed ceiling and massive wrought iron chandelier will be complemented by stunning floral displays by Bacara’s creative director, Lorrene Balzani.

An Evening in Verona includes:

  • Wine reception on the Bacara’s beautiful Rotunda terrace
  • Four-course dinner by Executive Chef David Reardon with Italian wine pairings in the Bacara’s spectacular circular Rotunda – CLICK HERE for a Full Menu
  • Italian opera performances with soprano Lisa Eden, baritone Daniel Mobbs and pianist Cathy Miller Popovic.

The cost for this evening $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

To purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE.


Opera Santa Barbara will be holding auditions for future chorus and comprimario opportunities for the 14/15 season consisting of Rigoletto, L’italiani in Algeri, and A Streetcar Named Desire.

WOMEN

Note: there is no women’s chorus in any of these shows. If you sang in any productions for the 13/14 season, you do not need to re-audition, but are free to if you wish. There are other opportunities that occur during this season from which we like to pull singers from our core of choristers. As said previously, if you do not audition but worked for us last season, you will still be considered for the those opportunities.

MEN

There are still several slots available for tenors and basses for our productions of Rigoletto and L’italiani in Algeri. We look forward to hearing and hearing from you!

AUDITIONS

There will be auditions in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Auditions will be approximately eight (8) minutes long. Please prepare two (2) offerings, one in Italian

In Ventura: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In Santa Barbara: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Please respond to: rory@operasb.org with times that you are available on those days and I will put you in a time-slot. More details will follow.