Our free Noontime Concerts return on Wednesday, April 10, 17, and 24. Members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Studio Artist Program present a varied program of arias and ensembles. Our exceptional artists include soprano Elena Galván, tenor Theo Lebow, baritone Efraín Solís and bass-baritone Christopher Remmel. They have studied at institutions including the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Mannes School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University and Roosevelt University and have performed with companies including the Santa Fe and Seattle Operas, Opera Saratoga, and with the Aspen Music Festival. Guest coach Tatiana Vassilieva returns to accompany; she has served on the music staff for the Florida Grand, Wolf Trap, and Sarasota Operas, and has appeared with Opera North, Tanglewood, and Ash Lawn Operas. Don’t miss this chance to hear the stars of tomorrow!
Thanks to the support of our donors, we are able to continue offering these to our community free of charge.
This year’s concerts will be held in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library: 40 E. Anapamu, SB, CA 93101.
DATES: April 10, 17 & 24
All concerts begin at 12:00 noon, and last about an hour.
- MARCH 27: ‘Spring/Autumn Affairs and the Generation Gap in Don Pasquale and other operas’
Presented by Desirée Mays
- Don’t miss this month’s Opera on the GO! Entitled “Spring/Autumn Affairs and the Generation Gap in Don Pasquale and other operas.” Presented by the Santa Fe Opera’s Desirée Mays on March 27 at 5:30pm, this talk covers the many examples of young/old relationships found in the operatic canon and how they are portrayed and resolved – or not! With Desirée’s inimitable humorous style this presentation is sure to be both fun and informative for all audiences.
- Born in Ireland, Desirée Mays moved to London to become a ballet dancer in the opera ballet as a young woman. She eventually came to the States, hung up her dancing shoes, and developed a career as a lecturer, storyteller and writer on Opera. She is the resident speaker and storyteller for The Santa Fe Opera in the summer months and the author of Opera Unveiled, a book now in its 15th year, about the Santa Fe seasons.
- Winters find her lecturing coast to coast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Los Angeles Opera in California. She has spoken to Wagner Societies in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Dallas and was the lead speaker for the Kirov Ring in Orange County in 2006. She is a popular radio personality and hosts opera tours worldwide for Act I Tours. Desirée also directs Art Forms Inc., an educational, non-profit organization, whose motto is: “Art Forms through Awareness.”
This season’s Opera on the GO! presentations will be held at the
Santa Barbara Library’s Faulkner Gallery
40 East Anapamu Street, SB CA 93101
All presentations begin at 5:30pm and last about 1hour, 15 minutes.
Donations accepted at the door
Suggested Donation: $15/person, $12 (OSB Subscribers), $5 (Students with ID)
Stage Director Francesca Zambello discusses her production of ‘AIDA’
When the curtain opens on Francesca Zambello’s Aida, you’ll be treated to “an original and stunning production – without one elephant sighted,” writes Susan Galbraith for DC Theatre Scene. She’s not alone: skimming the reviews from this production’s 2012 New York premiere, a clear picture emerges: “Thought-provoking and brilliant”; “Gutsy”; ”Memorable”; “Courageous and incredibly moving.”
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Zambello’s work. One of opera’s most celebrated names – and a self-described “evangelist for opera” – she has blazed a trail creating groundbreaking productions for top opera houses around the world. In addition, she is the newly appointed Artistic Director of Washington National Opera and serves as the Artistic & General Director for the Glimmerglass Festival, where this production of Aida premiered in 2012.
Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi says, “When I talked to Francesca about her culturally significant Aida, I was intrigued; when I saw the results – this gripping, visually stunning production – I knew I had to bring it to our community. It’s certain to be a truly noteworthy day for both music and theater in Santa Barbara.” Read on…
The Santa Barbara Independent’s Charles Donelan chats with renowned director Francesca Zambello, who created our production of ‘Aida.’ Click the image below to read the whole story at www.independent.com.
KDB’s Karen Pelland interviews ‘Aida’ stage director Michael Rau and our Aida, soprano Michelle Johnson. Click image below to hear the whole story at www.kdb.com.