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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.


A Candlelight Holiday Concert

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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.

 


9 ChristmasLights 2Sunday, December 22, 6:30pm to 8:00 pm

Don your favorite Christmas sweaters and winter finery for this festive tour to see some of Santa Barbara’s best holiday lighting. Tom Stanley, local visual artist and bon vivant, will entertain travelers with his own brand of humor and random trivia as we tour the town. Opera Santa Barbara has reserved the whole trolley for this popular tour so bring your friends and family! Christmas carols, mulled wine, spiced cider, and General Director Steven Sharpe’s decadent holiday cookies and appetizers will complete the affair. You might even see Santa, or at least a reindeer or two!

Cost per person: $75

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890


Demystifying Opera

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Friday, November 15, 7 – 9 pm, MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara Street

What is opera all about?  Do they only sing in Italian?  How am I supposed to know what they are saying? 


On Friday, November 15th, MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery, opens its doors to Opera Santa Barbara for a unique evening to shed some light on the opera experience. Opera Santa Barbara invites you to take a seat in the impressive MichaelKate showroom to enjoy an evening of opera in a relaxed atmosphere, right in the heart of the Funk Zone.

A wine reception begins at 7:00 PM, followed by a concert with L.A. Opera Baritone, 
Craig Colclough, and accompanist Kosta Popovich (pictured L to R right above). Following the concert there will be a panel discussion moderated by Charles Donelan of the SB Independent with the singer and a few other knowledgeable guests who will give some accessible insight into the many stigmas of opera. This is your chance to ask any and every opera question you have ever ruminated on.

This event is for everyone, and is one of the many ways Opera Santa Barbara is creating an environment to bridge the gap between newbie and aficionado.

Entry is $20 at the door.
 For questions call or email Kristen Reed: 
(805) 898-3890 or kristen@operasb.org

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Tosca Opening Night Gala Dinner

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Friday, November 8, 5:00 pm, Granada Theatre Founders Room

To launch the first production of our 20th Anniversary Season, 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 serenaded by an Italian accordion 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.

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890.