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PASQAULE.STUDIO.2Our free Noontime Concerts return on Wednesday, April 10, 17, and 24. Members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Studio Artist Program present a varied program of arias and ensembles. Our exceptional artists include soprano Elena Galván, tenor Theo Lebow, baritone Efraín Solís and bass-baritone Christopher Remmel. They have studied at institutions including the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University and Roosevelt University and have performed with companies including the Santa Fe and Seattle Operas, Opera Saratoga, and with the Aspen Music Festival. Guest coach Tatiana Vassilieva returns to accompany; she has served on the music staff for the Florida Grand, Wolf Trap, and Sarasota Operas, and has appeared with Opera North, Tanglewood, and Ash Lawn Operas.  Don’t miss this chance to hear the stars of tomorrow!

Thanks to the support of our donors, we are able to continue offering these to our community free of charge.

This year’s concerts will be held in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library: 40 E. Anapamu, SB, CA 93101.

DATES:  April 10, 17 & 24

All concerts begin at 12:00 noon, and last about an hour.

 



Stage Director Francesca Zambello discusses her production of  ‘AIDA’

Aida.Francesca.Zambello-webWhen the curtain opens on Francesca Zambello’s Aida, you’ll be treated to “an original and stunning production – without one elephant sighted,” writes Susan Galbraith for DC Theatre Scene. She’s not alone: skimming the reviews from this production’s 2012 New York premiere, a clear picture emerges: “Thought-provoking and brilliant”; “Gutsy”; ”Memorable”; “Courageous and incredibly moving.”

This won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Zambello’s work. One of opera’s most celebrated names – and a self-described “evangelist for opera” – she has blazed a trail creating groundbreaking productions for top opera houses around the world. In addition, she is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Washington National Opera and serves as the Artistic & General Director for the Glimmerglass Festival, where this production of Aida premiered in 2012.

Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi says, “When I talked to Francesca about her culturally significant Aida, I was intrigued; when I saw the results – this gripping, visually stunning production – I knew I had to bring it to our community. It’s certain to be a truly noteworthy day for both music and theater in Santa Barbara.”  Read on…


The Santa Barbara Independent’s Charles Donelan chats with renowned director Francesca Zambello, who created our production of ‘Aida.’  Click the image below to read the whole story at www.independent.com.

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KDB’s Karen Pelland interviews ‘Aida’ stage director Michael Rau and our Aida, soprano Michelle Johnson.  Click image below to hear the whole story at www.kdb.com.

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Thanks CASA for the great Preview – Aida opens tonight!  Some tickets still available: 805-899-2222.

(Click HERE to read the whole article at CASA)

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