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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.

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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

An Operatic Evening in Verona

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Opera Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort & Spa are partnering on an extraordinary night of fine wine, fine food and fine music!

Fumanelli DinnerInspired by Verona, the “City of Love” as made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this elegant evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine, fine food and fine music! Verona’s top winemaker, Armando Fumanelli, proprietor of Fumanelli Cellars, will present four Fumanelli wines, paired with a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon. Each course will be preceded by Italian arias and duets performed by guest artists from Opera Santa Barbara.

Dinner will be served in Bacara’s magnificent circular Rotunda, situated above the resort’s lobby and courtyard. With soothing natural light filling the space, French windows and a private terrace, the Rotunda offers 360 degree views of Bacara’s magical seaside property. Architectural elements such as the beamed ceiling and massive wrought iron chandelier will be complemented by stunning floral displays by Bacara’s creative director, Lorrene Balzani.

An Evening in Verona includes:

  • Wine reception on the Bacara’s beautiful Rotunda terrace
  • Four-course dinner by Executive Chef David Reardon with Italian wine pairings in the Bacara’s spectacular circular Rotunda – CLICK HERE for a Full Menu
  • Italian opera performances with soprano Lisa Eden, baritone Daniel Mobbs and pianist Cathy Miller Popovic.

The cost for this evening $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

To purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE.

Opera Santa Barbara will be holding auditions for future chorus and comprimario opportunities for the 14/15 season consisting of Rigoletto, L’italiani in Algeri, and A Streetcar Named Desire.


Note: there is no women’s chorus in any of these shows. If you sang in any productions for the 13/14 season, you do not need to re-audition, but are free to if you wish. There are other opportunities that occur during this season from which we like to pull singers from our core of choristers. As said previously, if you do not audition but worked for us last season, you will still be considered for the those opportunities.


There are still several slots available for tenors and basses for our productions of Rigoletto and L’italiani in Algeri. We look forward to hearing and hearing from you!


There will be auditions in Santa Barbara and Ventura. Auditions will be approximately eight (8) minutes long. Please prepare two (2) offerings, one in Italian

In Ventura: Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

In Santa Barbara: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 from 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Please respond to: rory@operasb.org with times that you are available on those days and I will put you in a time-slot. More details will follow.



Do you know that the negative ions of salt help you sing to your fullest potential? Join us for a remarkable evening in the Salt Cave of Santa Barbara. Buried deep beneath the earth on State Street, this special location features an underground room covered entirely in Himalayan sea salt. A professional DJ will join us with a complete Karaoke system, to enable guests to sing (or lip sync) to their favorite melodies. The evening also includes appetizers and cocktails, to create a truly festive atmosphere.

Cost Per Person: $100 ($25 Tax Deductible)

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890