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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.

 


Tosca Opening Night Gala Dinner

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Opera Santa Barbara presents "Tosca"

To launch our 20th Anniversary Season this year, 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 seranaded by an Italian accordian 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.

Purchase your tickets before they sell out! Call Malena at 805.898.3890.


For Immediate Release
May 1, 2013

Contact:
Steven Sharpe, General Director
Phone: (805) 898-3890
Email: steven@operasb.org

OPERA SANTA BARBARA ANNOUNCES 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

– Puccini’s blockbuster Tosca returns, kicks off season
– Company premiere: first-ever OSB production of Verdi’s Falstaff
– Company premiere of The Consul, Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller
– 20th Anniversary offers something for everyone: Puccini, Verdi, Menotti
– OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi to direct Tosca and Falstaff

Santa Barbara, CA… Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2013/2014 season.

This season marks Opera Santa Barbara’s 20th Anniversary; the company celebrates with three spectacular productions: a heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal, a witty, elegant comedy, and a thrilling, suspenseful drama. Tosca opens in November 2013, followed by Falstaff in March 2014, and The Consul in April 2014.

Read on…