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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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Tosca Opening Night Gala Dinner

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Friday, November 8, 5:00 pm, Granada Theatre Founders Room

To launch the first production of our 20th Anniversary Season, 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 serenaded by an Italian accordion 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.

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890.


Tosca Preview Party

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Saturday, November 2, 5:30 PM Granada Theatre Founders Room

Opera Santa Barbara is offering a unique opportunity to gain a “behind the scenes” view of our production of Tosca. Stage Director and OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi and conductor Christopher Larkin will be joined by OSB Chorusmaster and Lecturer Brent Wilson for a lively dialogue about the process of staging one of Puccini’s greatest operas. Guests will enjoy wine and appetizers, and will get a sneak peek at the Tosca set on the stage of the Granada.

The cost for this event is $45, and Season Subscribers pay only $25. Attendance is limited to 75 guests.

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890.


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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.


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.