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Opera Santa Barbara will welcome four promising young vocalists for 17 weeks of performances, training, and community events under an expansion of its artist residency program early next year. The company’s new Mosher Studio Artist Program will enable four singers and an accompanist to take part in Opera Santa Barbara productions, outreach activities throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and coachings and masterclasses with top industry directors and conductors. The inaugural complement of program participants will arrive in Santa Barbara on January 18. Their residencies will conclude on May 16.

“We are very grateful to the Mosher Foundation, whose generosity has made this expansion possible,” said Kostis Protopapas, who was named artistic director of Opera Santa Barbara in July. “We envision program participants serving as ambassadors for our company and opera generally, all the while receiving top-flight training that will further their careers.”

Under its original artist residency program, founded seven years ago, Opera Santa Barbara would host four singers for about five weeks of training and rehearsals prior to each of the company’s three annual opera productions, culminating in on-stage appearances as secondary performers. The effort was originally known as the Young Artists Program and was later renamed the Studio Artist Program. The Mosher Foundation, which supports educational, healthcare, and performing arts institutions in the Santa Barbara area, funded an expansion of the program last year.

Under the new Mosher Studio Artist Program, participants will tour elementary schools in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as part of the company’s Opera Lab, which uses improvisational theatre techniques to encourage children to “create their own operas”; perform six free noontime concerts at the Santa Barbara Public Library; present previews of Opera Santa Barbara productions to community groups such as retirement homes and Rotary clubs; and take part in a new series of “pop up” or “flash mob” performances from Thousand Oaks to Santa Maria. The latter will be presented at shopping malls, public libraries, farmers markets, school lunchrooms, and similar locations. To schedule a “pop up” performance, contact Opera Santa Barbara at 805-898-3890 or

Mosher Studio Artists also will perform secondary roles in Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming productions of Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comedy L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) on March 4 and 6, and Puccini’s great one-act operas Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi on April 22 and 24. Featuring popular and lesser-known operatic repertoire with piano accompaniment, the free noontime concerts will be offered at the Santa Barbara Public Library’s Faulkner Gallery on February 17 and 24 and March 2 (in advance of L’elisir d’amore), and April 6, 13, and 20 (Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi). Additional concerts will likely be scheduled at other regional public libraries.

Through a related partnership, qualified UCSB voice students will be eligible to participate in the Mosher Studio Artist Program. Mezzo-soprano Molly Clementz, a doctoral candidate at UCSB, will be among the new program’s inaugural participants.

“This partnership will harness UCSB’s academic prestige and teaching excellence, along with Opera Santa Barbara’s professional opportunities and resources, in order to provide top-quality training for the area’s most promising young singers,” said Mr. Protopapas.

The full roster of incoming Mosher Studio Artists will be announced in January.

Opera Santa Barbara is seeking local homeowners to serve as housing donors for Mosher Studio Artists. Housing donors will receive a stipend of $2,000 for the full 17-week period, plus complimentary tickets to opera performances and private receptions. Each artist requires a private bedroom and bathroom and wireless internet access. For more information, contact Opera Santa Barbara at 805-898-3890.

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