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Opera Santa Barbara is now selling spaces for our second annual Party Book of exclusive and fun events!

Each party has a limited number of spaces, and spaces are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Following are the parties being offered:

March 2: Academy Awards Party ($175 per person)

April 6: Hungarian Opera Dinner Party (Sold Out)

April 28: Opera in Historic Places: The Mural Room ($125 per person)

May 15: Opera Jeopardy! ($100 per person)

May 18: The Art of Sushi at Pagoda House ($150 per person)

June 22: Karaoke at the Salt Caves ($100 per person)

July 12: High Tea at the Tea Gardens ($135 per person)

August 24: Opera in Fine Homes featuring Menotti’s The Telephone ($150 per person)

September 27: Historic Walking Tour ($110 per person)

December 21: Christmas Lights Trolley Tour ($85 per person)

To purchase tickets, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Party Book!


The final free noontime concerts of our season will return in April. These concerts are offered FREE to the public, and feature the talented members of our Studio Artists Program. Concerts feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.

April concerts will be held on Thursdays April 3, 10 and 17 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

The start time is 12:00 noon.


ArtistHostEblastSMOpera Santa Barbara is very excited about our upcoming production of Verdi’s Falstaff. This opera 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. Due to the large number of principals in Falstaff, we are in need of some additional Artist Hosts for this production.

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 and a $100 stipend to cover any utility costs.

Dates we need housing for are February 12 – March 10, 2014.

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


Demystifying Opera

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Friday, November 15, 7 – 9 pm, MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara Street

What is opera all about?  Do they only sing in Italian?  How am I supposed to know what they are saying? 


On Friday, November 15th, MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery, opens its doors to Opera Santa Barbara for a unique evening to shed some light on the opera experience. Opera Santa Barbara invites you to take a seat in the impressive MichaelKate showroom to enjoy an evening of opera in a relaxed atmosphere, right in the heart of the Funk Zone.

A wine reception begins at 7:00 PM, followed by a concert with L.A. Opera Baritone, 
Craig Colclough, and accompanist Kosta Popovich (pictured L to R right above). Following the concert there will be a panel discussion moderated by Charles Donelan of the SB Independent with the singer and a few other knowledgeable guests who will give some accessible insight into the many stigmas of opera. This is your chance to ask any and every opera question you have ever ruminated on.

This event is for everyone, and is one of the many ways Opera Santa Barbara is creating an environment to bridge the gap between newbie and aficionado.

Entry is $20 at the door.
 For questions call or email Kristen Reed: 
(805) 898-3890 or kristen@operasb.org

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To launch its 20th Anniversary Season, Opera Santa Barbara is presenting a special performance of Lee Hoiby’s comic one-act opera Bon Appétit! on Monday, September 30 at noon at the Center Stage Theatre. This delicious opera is a comedic take on a classic episode of Child’s popular television show – set to music! The incomparable mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely stars as the flamboyant master chef, teaching the makings of a classic French chocolate cake – Le Gâteau au Chocolat L’Éminence Brune. This performance is under one hour long, designed to fit into any lunch break. And, after the performance, audiences will enjoy a slice of chocolate cake courtesy of Whole Foods.

With his short opera Bon Appétit!, American composer Lee Hoiby (1926-2011) took on the making of a chocolate cake, as told through the actual words of celebrity chef Julia Child, who spent the later part of her life living at Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara. Hoiby composed Bon Appétit! In 1985 for American actress and friend Jean Stapleton (best knows as Edith Bunker in All in the Family – pictured above), who sang the 1989 premiere at the Kennedy Center and later performed it in an off-Broadway run. The libretto for Bon Appétit! Was adapted by Hoiby’s frequent collaborator and partner Mark Shulgasser from transcripts of two episodes of Child’s TV show, The French Chef.  The overwhelming popularity of Child (1912-2004) came not just from her culinary expertise but from her self-deprecating humor and matter-of-fact style. Hoiby wisely left most of the gags for the staging and wrote a tuneful but straight-ahead vocal line. Like Child’s whipped egg whites, Bon Appétit! may be light and frothy, but it’s the result of a master’s sure touch.

Bon Appétit!.  Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:00 pm at the Center Stage Theater, upstairs at Paseo Nuevo

Tickets are $13 per person and can be purchased by calling the Center Stage Theater at 805.963.0408 or www.centerstagetheater.org.