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Opera Book Club: Floria Tosca

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Monday, October 28, 7:00 PM, Granada Books, 1224 State Street

Opera Santa Barbara is bringing back the book club this season with Paola Capriolo’s Floria Tosca.  Based on Sardou’s play La Tosca (which inspired our beloved Puccini) this crafty tale reads as an inside look at Scarpia’s diary.  In it he divulges his most holy, diabolical, and lascivious thoughts surrounding Floria Tosca, and her lover Mario Cavaradossi.  Paolo Capriolo’s prose takes us deep inside the tortured mind of the character Puccini has taught us to loathe; painting the scene with sexual desire posed against a pious devotion. Will we continue to abhor this complicated man, or will we uncover a newfound empathy? Contact Kristen Reed to RSVP at 805.898.3890 to order your copy ($12.99).  Your book will be available for pick up at Granada Books.


Tosca Opening Night Gala Dinner

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Opera Santa Barbara presents "Tosca"

To launch our 20th Anniversary Season this year, Opera Santa Barbara is  going “all out” on the opening night of Tosca at the Granada Theatre with a Gala event not to miss! Guests will enjoy valet parking as they walk the red carpet in black tie while being seranaded by an Italian accordian player. Upstairs in the Founders Room, guests will enjoy a Roman-inspired three-course pre-opera dinner catered by Rincon Catering with wines by Palmina. Guests will enjoy a private intermission reception as well as a Champagne and dessert party following the performance with members of the cast and production team.

Tickets for the Gala are $250 per person if you already have a ticket to the opera or $375 which includes a Section A ticket.

Purchase your tickets before they sell out! Call Malena at 805.898.3890.

For Immediate Release
May 1, 2013

Steven Sharpe, General Director
Phone: (805) 898-3890


– Puccini’s blockbuster Tosca returns, kicks off season
– Company premiere: first-ever OSB production of Verdi’s Falstaff
– Company premiere of The Consul, Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller
– 20th Anniversary offers something for everyone: Puccini, Verdi, Menotti
– OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi to direct Tosca and Falstaff

Santa Barbara, CA… Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2013/2014 season.

This season marks Opera Santa Barbara’s 20th Anniversary; the company celebrates with three spectacular productions: a heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal, a witty, elegant comedy, and a thrilling, suspenseful drama. Tosca opens in November 2013, followed by Falstaff in March 2014, and The Consul in April 2014.

Read on…

PasqualeFamilyFlyerOpera Santa Barbara will present a special one-hour performance of Donizetti’s comic opera Don Pasquale, to be performed free for children of all ages and their chaperones on Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 pm.

The production will feature professional singers in full costumes, sets, lighting and piano accompaniment. It will also include a narrator to help translate the story to the children.

In this comic opera, Don Pasquale has willed his fortune to his nephew, Ernesto, on the condition he approves of the young man’s bride. Enter Norina – Ernesto’s smart and sassy fiancée – who unfortunately does not pass muster. Pasquale disinherits poor Ernesto, deciding instead to find himself a young wife and produce an heir of his own. Not one to be deterred lightly, Norina disguises herself as the girl of Pasquale’s dreams and marries the coot; you can be sure wedded bliss is not in store! Gorgeous music abounds in Donizetti’s last comic gem.

OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi leads a cast featuring members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Studio Artist Program. Tenor Theo Lebow, a recent alumnus of the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, will sing Ernesto. Soprano Elena Galván sings Norina. Bass-baritone Christopher Remmel, most recently seen in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Aida, returns as Don Pasquale. Efraín Solís, a recent Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions finalist, sings Doctor Malatesta. Tatiana Vassilieva will accompany, and Maestro Brent Wilson will conduct.

Don Pasquale for Families

Saturday, April 27 at 5:00 pm

The Granada Theatre

1214 State Street, Santa Barbara

Admission is free, offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Doors open at 4:30 pm.

Groups of 15 or more should call in advance to reserve their seats.

For more information, call 805.898.3890 or visit

zlh.jpgThis April, two talented and charming Puerto Rican singers will make their Opera Santa Barbara debuts: soprano Zulimar López-Hernández as Norina and tenor Javier Abreu as Ernesto. Zulimar starts things off with a bang: “The last time I sang Norina, her aria was staged in the bathtub; I had to get out of the tub and put on a robe while singing – without revealing to the audience more of the character than I intended!” laughs the soprano. Possible wardrobe malfunctions aside, Javier summed up Don Pasquale’s enduring appeal: “The opera itself is one of Donizetti’s best: the plot is simple and easy to follow, and it combines just the right amount of slapstick with those moments that tug at your heartstrings.” Read on…