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Monday, March 3, 6:00 PM, Granada Books, 1224 State Street

Join us as we continue our book club series with celebrated novelist and poet, Robert Nye as the voice of the now 81-year-old Sir John Falstaff. In this “tell all” award-winning novel, Falstaff remains the ever boastful lothario of his youth, whose comical prattling recounts moments of grandeur, explicit conquests of women, and intimate details of some of Shakespeare’s famous characters. This novel is not for the faint of heart, as its bawdy details will surely strike a visceral reaction from the reader.

The Book Club will feature a wine and cheese reception followed by a discussion on the book, the author and how the book relates to Shakespeare’s plays and Verdi’s opera.

Books are available for purchase for $17.95 at Granada Books, 1224 State Street or (805) 845-1818.


Free Noontime Concerts Return!

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Lunchtime

The arrival of our Studio Artists for our production of Falstaff means the return of our free Noontime Concert series!. 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.

All concerts will be held on Thursdays in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library.

WINTER 2013 DATES: February 13, 20 and 27

LOCATION: The Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

START TIME: 12:00 Noon

 

 

 

 


Become an Artist Host!

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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.


A Candlelight Holiday Concert

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Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 PM, El Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido Street

Opera Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation invite you to a very special evening to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Opera Santa Barbara’s first performance (December 3, 1993). Join us for an intimate concert with soprano Andrea Carroll and accompanist Robert Mollicone to inspire the holiday spirit. Ms. Carroll will perform songs ranging from Debussy to Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Spanish songs and a collection of Holiday tunes.

Soprano Andrea Carroll made her professional debut at just 23 years of age, starring as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro at Fort Worth Opera. Praised for her “vibrant soprano voice” by Opera News and her “excellent comedic timing” by The New York Times, Carroll was the top prize-winner of both the 2012 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and the 2011 Sullivan Foundation Competition. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she appeared in roles including Musetta in La bohème and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Upcoming performances include Woglinde in Das Rheingold in Houston, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera, and Julie Jordan in Carousel with Glimmerglass Opera.

Pianist Robert Mollicone is a second-year Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. For that company, he has served on the music staff for operas including The Magic Flute and The Flying Dutchman, and most recently served as prompter for the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Mollicone was a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera and has worked with companies including Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Institute. He recently appeared in concert with famed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the National Cathedral.

Bundle up with your loved ones for an evening of music by candlelight, inside the historic Presidio Chapel of Santa Barbara.

Tickets are $25, are very limited, and may be purchased by calling Opera Santa Barbara at (805) 898-3890.

 


9 ChristmasLights 2Sunday, December 22, 6:30pm to 8:00 pm

Don your favorite Christmas sweaters and winter finery for this festive tour to see some of Santa Barbara’s best holiday lighting. Tom Stanley, local visual artist and bon vivant, will entertain travelers with his own brand of humor and random trivia as we tour the town. Opera Santa Barbara has reserved the whole trolley for this popular tour so bring your friends and family! Christmas carols, mulled wine, spiced cider, and General Director Steven Sharpe’s decadent holiday cookies and appetizers will complete the affair. You might even see Santa, or at least a reindeer or two!

Cost per person: $75

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890