The final free noontime concerts of our season will return in April. These concerts are offered FREE to the public, and feature the talented members of our Studio Artists Program. Concerts feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.
April concerts will be held on Thursdays April 3, 10 and 17 in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara.
The start time is 12:00 noon.
Friday, February 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara St.
Opera Santa Barbara returns to MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery to continue shedding light on the opera experience. Enjoy an intimate performance featuring San Francisco based mezzo-soprano, Catherine Cook (pictured at left); followed by a panel discussion where Falstaff stage director, Jose Maria Condemi, and conductor, Francesco Milioto will share their insights on Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Falstaff. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine, and settle into the relaxing surroundings for an enlightening evening designed to deepen your appreciation of opera.
- 5:00 PM – Wine reception
- 5:30 PM – Catherine Cook performance
- 6:00 PM – Discussion with Maestro Francesco Milioto & Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi; Moderated by James Donelan, Ph.D.
General Admission – $25; Students – $10
To purchase tickets, call: 805.898.3890
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery, 120 Santa Barbara Street
and The Arts Fund, 205-C Santa Barbara Street
Opera Santa Barbara is excited to celebrate Falstaff with an evening of art, opera, & indulgence in the Funk Zone. Join us as we celebrate the debauchery of Falstaff, with a progressive feast, that promises to delight all the senses! The night begins at the Arts Fund, to explore their newest exhibit of “Obsession” enjoy delectable light bites and hear from the artists. Guests will then be escorted to the Art Foundry & Gallery for a three-course farm to table dinner & wine pairing, while singers from Opera Santa Barbara thrill guests with their glorious tones throughout the feast!
Chili Caramel Chicharron Lollipop
Bacon Ribbon with Thyme & Smoked Black Pepper
Beet Shot & Avocado Sphere with Anise Toothpick
Wine & Winter Vegetable Braised Guinea Fowl Stew served with Artisanal Bread & Grass Fed Butter with Sea Salt
Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (On Display)
Roasted Pork Loin with Pickled Apples & Wilted Cabbage served over Spiced Brown Butter Dumplings
Each course will be paired with wine from Blair Fox Wine Company.
Seating is limited, and advanced purchase is required. Tickets are $100, and may be purchased via phone by calling The Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery: (805) 324-4230.
Opera Book Club: “Falstaff, a Novel” by Robert Nye
Monday, March 3, 6:00 PM, Granada Books, 1224 State Street
Join us as we continue our book club series with celebrated novelist and poet, Robert Nye as the voice of the now 81-year-old Sir John Falstaff. In this “tell all” award-winning novel, Falstaff remains the ever boastful lothario of his youth, whose comical prattling recounts moments of grandeur, explicit conquests of women, and intimate details of some of Shakespeare’s famous characters. This novel is not for the faint of heart, as its bawdy details will surely strike a visceral reaction from the reader.
The Book Club will feature a wine and cheese reception followed by a discussion on the book, the author and how the book relates to Shakespeare’s plays and Verdi’s opera.
Books are available for purchase for $17.95 at Granada Books, 1224 State Street or (805) 845-1818.
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 PM, El Presidio Chapel, 123 E. Canon Perdido Street
Opera Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation invite you to a very special evening to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Opera Santa Barbara’s first performance (December 3, 1993). Join us for an intimate concert with soprano Andrea Carroll and accompanist Robert Mollicone to inspire the holiday spirit. Ms. Carroll will perform songs ranging from Debussy to Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Spanish songs and a collection of Holiday tunes.
Soprano Andrea Carroll made her professional debut at just 23 years of age, starring as Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro at Fort Worth Opera. Praised for her “vibrant soprano voice” by Opera News and her “excellent comedic timing” by The New York Times, Carroll was the top prize-winner of both the 2012 Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition and the 2011 Sullivan Foundation Competition. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, she appeared in roles including Musetta in La bohème and Adele in Die Fledermaus. Upcoming performances include Woglinde in Das Rheingold in Houston, Rosalba in Florencia en el Amazonas with Washington National Opera, and Julie Jordan in Carousel with Glimmerglass Opera.
Pianist Robert Mollicone is a second-year Adler Fellow at the San Francisco Opera. For that company, he has served on the music staff for operas including The Magic Flute and The Flying Dutchman, and most recently served as prompter for the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s Dolores Claiborne. Mollicone was a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist at the Washington National Opera and has worked with companies including Virginia Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Institute. He recently appeared in concert with famed mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the National Cathedral.
Bundle up with your loved ones for an evening of music by candlelight, inside the historic Presidio Chapel of Santa Barbara.
Tickets are $25, are very limited, and may be purchased by calling Opera Santa Barbara at (805) 898-3890.