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The 2015 Party Book!

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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 remaining party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.


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

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.

Unfortunately, three of the four artists scheduled to perform at the February 11 noontime concert have fallen ill, and we are canceling the concert.

The concert will be re-scheduled and we will post the new date next week.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

The Opera Ball!

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Opera Santa Barbara invites you to The Opera Ball, a Masquerade Gala honoring Marilyn Horne for her outstanding contributions to the operatic art form.

The event will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort Loggia Ballroom.

The event will feature:

  • A Cocktail Reception
  • Three-Course Dinner
  • Operatic Arias and Duets performed by the cast of L’italiana in Algeri
  • A live auction with auctioneer Andrew Firestone
  • A Silent Auction Party Book
  • Dancing to the music of local DJ Gavin Roy

Tickets are $275 per person, $2,200 for a Table of 8 and $3,500 for a VIP Table of 8

Suggested attire is Black Tie Optional with Masks

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890.

Pop Up Opera at SB Museum of Art!

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On Thursday, November 7, Opera Santa Barbara will present a Pop-Up Opera at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The performance will take place at 5:00 pm in one of the museum’s galleries. The musical pieces have been specifically selected to pair with the permanent collection presentation Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.

CLICK HERE to read more about this.

Rigoletto Opening Night Gala Dinner!

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Opera Santa Barbara cordially invites you to a Gala Dinner celebrating the launch of our 21st Season and the opening night of Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Thousand Fourteen

5:00 pm

The Granada

Your evening will include:

Valet Parking

3-course pre-opera dinner catered by Rincon Events featuring wines by Palmina

Opening Night performance of Rigoletto

Post-performance dessert celebration with the cast, conductor and director

$250 per person (ticket holders) or $375 per person (includes a Section A opera ticket)

Black Tie Optional

To make your reservation, call 805.898.3890