Hansel and Gretel, March 2008, David Bazemore Photo
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Valentine’s Gala 2014!

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VdayDancingCouplsOpera Santa Barbara invites you and your special valentine to join us for an elegant evening of music and dancing to celebrate our 20th Anniversary Season. Our Valentine’s Gala will feature a cocktail reception, romantic candlelight dinner, operatic arias and duets performed by the cast of Falstaff, a live auction, a silent auction Party Book, and dancing to famed local DJ Gavin Roy.

Friday, February 14, 2014, 5:30 pm

Four Seasons Biltmore Resort, Loggia Ballroom

Tickets: $275 per person or $550 per couple. VIP table of 8: $3,500

This event is Black Tie Optional and Valet Parking will be provided.

To reserve your tickets, call 805.898.3890.


April Noontime Concerts!

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The final free noontime concerts of our season will return in April. 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.

April concerts will be held on Thursdays April 3, 10 and 17 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.

The start time is 12:00 noon.


Falstaff Demystified!

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Catherine Cook.lgFriday, February 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara St.

 

Opera Santa Barbara returns to MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery to continue shedding light on the opera experience. Enjoy an intimate performance featuring San Francisco based mezzo-soprano, Catherine Cook (pictured at left); followed by a panel discussion where Falstaff stage director, Jose Maria Condemi, and conductor, Francesco Milioto will share their insights on Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Falstaff.  Come early to enjoy a glass of wine, and settle into the relaxing surroundings for an enlightening evening designed to deepen your appreciation of opera.
  • 5:00 PM – Wine reception
  • 5:30 PM – Catherine Cook performance
  • 6:00 PM – Discussion with Maestro Francesco Milioto & Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi; Moderated by James Donelan, Ph.D.

General Admission – $25; Students – $10

To purchase tickets, call: 805.898.3890

 


Falstaff Frill and Folly

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Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery, 120 Santa Barbara Street
and The Arts Fund, 205-C Santa Barbara Street

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to celebrate Falstaff with an evening of art, opera, & indulgence in the Funk Zone. Join us as we celebrate the debauchery of Falstaff, with a progressive feast, that promises to delight all the senses!  The night begins at the Arts Fund, to explore their newest exhibit of “Obsession” enjoy delectable light bites and hear from the artists. Guests will then be escorted to the Art Foundry & Gallery for a three-course farm to table dinner & wine pairing, while singers from Opera Santa Barbara thrill guests with their glorious tones throughout the feast!

FALSTAFF’S MENU:

Appetizers
Chili Caramel Chicharron Lollipop
Bacon Ribbon with Thyme & Smoked Black Pepper
Beet Shot & Avocado Sphere with Anise Toothpick

First Course
Wine & Winter Vegetable Braised Guinea Fowl Stew served with Artisanal Bread & Grass Fed Butter with Sea Salt

Second Course
Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (On Display)
Roasted Pork Loin with Pickled Apples & Wilted Cabbage served over Spiced Brown Butter Dumplings

Third Course
Surprise Dessert

Each course will be paired with wine from Blair Fox Wine Company.

Seating is limited, and advanced purchase is required. Tickets are $100, and may be purchased via phone by calling The Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery: (805) 324-4230.


400000000000000627809_s4Opera Book Club: “Falstaff, a Novel” by Robert Nye

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.