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Give the Gift of Opera!

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Opera Santa Barbara gift certificates make the perfect gift, year-round!

Gift certificates are available in any denomination, may be used towards the purchase of tickets to any Opera SB performance or event, and can be issued in any amount.

OSB will mail the certificate to you, or we can send it directly to the recipient with your own personal message. With upcoming productions of Donizetti’s comic “L’Elisir d’Amore,” and Puccini’s double bill of  “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” there will be something that everyone will love!


Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

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9 ChristmasLights 2Sunday, December 20, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and winter finery for this festive tour to see some of Santa Barbara’s best holiday lighting. Opera Santa Barbara has reserved the entire trolley for this popular tour so bring your friends and family!

All of this year’s tours are completely sold out, so this is your one chance go secure a “cherished” seat on this local tradition. Christmas carols, mulled wine, spiced cider, and decadent holiday cookies will complete the affair.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this tour is seeing all the families (some in costume) waving outside their merrily decorated homes.

Cost per person: $100

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890

In Memoriam: Marlyn Bernard Bernstein

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12243478_1089578034416497_6112660955333288617_nOn November 23, 2015, Opera Santa Barbara lost long time Board Member and great supporter of the arts, Marlyn Bernstein. We send all our love to her family for their loss, a loss we share with them.

Marlyn dedicated tremendous time and resources to so many organizations in our community, including the Santa Barbara Symphony, Boxtails Theatre Company, The Lobero Theatre and Congregation B’nai B’rith.

May Marlyn rest in peace, knowing that her loving dedication to making a difference in our community has impacted so many of us in numerous and profound ways. Our world is a much better place thanks to Marlyn’s spirit.

GiovanniGalaEblastOpera Santa Barbara cordially invites you to a Gala Dinner celebrating the Opening Night of our Film Noir inspired production of Don Giovanni.

Friday, November 6, 5:00 pm at the Granada Theatre

The evening will feature:

Valet Parking

A 3-Course pre-opera dinner catered by Rincon Catering and featuring wines by Palmina

Opening night performance of Don Giovanni

Private intermission reception

Post-performance dessert celebration with the cast and production team.

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

Attire is black tie optional.

To purchase tickets, call 805-898-3890.

The Menu

First Course: Panzanella Salad

Second Course: Homemade Mini Porcini and White Truffle Oil Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

Entree: Grilled New York Roast Florentine seared with Garlic and Herbs served on Smashed Potatoes topped with Asparagus, Baby Carrots and a Red Wine Reduction

Dessert Station: Black Tie Creme Brûlée, Chocolate Dream Miniatures, Coconut Cake Miniatures with Creme Anglaise, Fresh Fruit Skewers with Honey Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Assorted Biscotti

Wines by Palmina

Cindy Brittain_webCynthia D. Brittain , an estate planning and tax law specialist with the Northern Trust Corp., has been elected to the Board of Directors for Opera Santa Barbara. Her three-year term began in September.

Born in North Carolina, Ms. Brittain earned undergraduate degrees in economics and foreign policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in taxation from the University of San Diego. At California Western she was a member of both the Law Review and the International Law Journal. Ms. Brittain also has studied in Moscow and Paris.

After beginning her legal career as a prosecutor in San Diego, Ms. Brittain was a partner in Santa Barbara-based Ambrecht & Brittain for nearly 10 years before practicing with the international law firm Withers in London and Hong Kong, where she was primarily involved in international cross-border planning for large global families. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2012, Ms. Brittain served as counsel at McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Los Angeles, where she focused on domestic and international estate and tax planning. At Northern Trust, she collaborates with clients and their counsel on estate planning strategies, including fiduciary and tax issues stemming from trust administration. She speaks nationally on cross-border planning.

Ms. Brittain is a member of the Estate and Trust Committee and the Tax Committee of the California State Bar Association, as well as the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She served as president of the Ventura Estate Planning Council in 2007, and is currently a co-chair of the Tax Committee for the Santa Barbara County Bar Association.

An accomplished musician in her own right, Ms. Brittain studied piano for 14 years and has contributed concert reviews to The Washington Post and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. In addition to Santa Barbara, she has attended opera performances in Vienna, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

“We are very pleased to welcome Cindy Brittain to our organization,” said Joan Rutkowski, immediate past chair of Opera Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors and current chair of its Governance Committee. “With her unique background in trust administration and fiduciary and tax issues, combined with a lifetime love of opera, we are confident she will have an immediate impact on Opera Santa Barbara’s important work in our community.”