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The 2015 Party Book!

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Opera Santa Barbara has designed a series of opera-themed events, including several opera-themed dinner parties that are being hosted by patrons and friends of Opera Santa Barbara.

Each party can accommodate a limited number of guests. Spaces at the individual parties are purchased separately and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Party Book sales began at the Opera Ball on February 13, 2015. Party spaces not sold at the fundraiser are now available to the general public!

To purchase a space at a remaining party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.

 

Porgy & Bess

Saturday, August 29, 6:30 pM

Host Jean Rogers will present an Al-Fresco dinner on the night of the August full moon at her glorious home in Birnam Wood. The event will feature a custom designed farm-to-table feast inspired by Gershwin’s English-language opera Porgy & Bess. Southern-inspired cuisine will tempt your palate, as you are serenaded by a guest artist who will perform some of the memorable music from the opera, including the very popular song “Summertime”, all under the glow of the full moon.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 15 Spaces Remaining

The Barber of Seville

Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

Enter the world of Bartolo’s Seville as guests enjoy a sparkling evening at the home of Peter & Deborah Bertling. This intimate dinner will celebrate Seville and the delicious tapas and wines of Southern Spain. Guests are encouraged to dress in their Spanish finery, as they enjoy the music of Rossini’s greatest masterpiece.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 5 Spaces Remaining

Carmen

Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

From the Habanero to the Torreador Song, the music of Bizet’s Carmen has lived on as one of the most popular works in the operatic repertoire. Hosts Diane Dodds and David Reichert have conceived an evening celebrating fine music, fine food and fine times all themed on the opera Carmen.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 9 Spaces Remaining

Karaoke 
and Modern Art

Sunday, September 27, 6:00 PM

It’s time to grease your vocal cords and “show your stuff” as Opera Santa Barbara hosts a Karaoke Night at the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Barbara. Guests will sip champagne and feast on delectable appetizers while enjoying the museum’s exhibits. Then, a professional DJ will join us with a complete Karaoke system, to enable guests to sing (or lip sync) their favorite melodies. The acoustics in the space are stellar, and it’s a perfect venue to showcase your Karaoke talents!

Cost per person: $85 ($25 Tax Deductible)       Number Available: 30

The Phantom of the Opera

Friday, october 30, 7:00 PM

Just in time for Halloween, this event will be held in one of the most unique locations in all of Santa Barbara: the former jail on the top floor of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse! Hosts Rodney Baker and Robert Ooley are known for their ability to create “magic” at their events, and we can assure you a most memorable, if not unforgettable, evening. Guests are invited to dress in their Phantom finery, as they enjoy live music from the musical, drinks and delicious food all set in the most remarkable and haunting venue.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: SOLD OUT

Christmas Lights Trolley Tour

Sunday, December 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

For the third year in a row, Opera Santa Barbara has reserved one entire Trolley for the annual Christmas Lights Trolley Tour. This fun and engaging event tours several local neighborhoods, where the homes have been stunningly decorated with thousands of holiday lights and special decorations. The families of the homes greet guests as the trolley passes, and lively holiday music completes the trolley tour. Prior to the Trolley Tour, guests will enjoy a “Tailgate Party” hosted by OSB General Director Steven Sharpe where he will serve hot mulled wine and cider as well as a special selection of holiday treats.

Cost per person: $100 ($25 Tax Deductible)       Number Available: 22 Spaces Remaining

 

To purchase a space at a party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.


Unfortunately, three of the four artists scheduled to perform at the February 11 noontime concert have fallen ill, and we are canceling the concert.

The concert will be re-scheduled and we will post the new date next week.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.


Pop Up Opera at SB Museum of Art!

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On Thursday, November 7, Opera Santa Barbara will present a Pop-Up Opera at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The performance will take place at 5:00 pm in one of the museum’s galleries. The musical pieces have been specifically selected to pair with the permanent collection presentation Art to Zoo: Exploring Animal Natures.

CLICK HERE to read more about this.


Rigoletto Opening Night Gala Dinner!

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Opera Santa Barbara cordially invites you to a Gala Dinner celebrating the launch of our 21st Season and the opening night of Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Thousand Fourteen

5:00 pm

The Granada

Your evening will include:

Valet Parking

3-course pre-opera dinner catered by Rincon Events featuring wines by Palmina

Opening Night performance of Rigoletto

Post-performance dessert celebration with the cast, conductor and director

$250 per person (ticket holders) or $375 per person (includes a Section A opera ticket)

Black Tie Optional

To make your reservation, call 805.898.3890


An Operatic Evening in Verona

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Opera Santa Barbara and the Bacara Resort & Spa are partnering on an extraordinary night of fine wine, fine food and fine music!

Fumanelli DinnerInspired by Verona, the “City of Love” as made famous by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, this elegant evening offers the perfect coupling of fine wine, fine food and fine music! Verona’s top winemaker, Armando Fumanelli, proprietor of Fumanelli Cellars, will present four Fumanelli wines, paired with a lovely reception and four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef David Reardon. Each course will be preceded by Italian arias and duets performed by guest artists from Opera Santa Barbara.

Dinner will be served in Bacara’s magnificent circular Rotunda, situated above the resort’s lobby and courtyard. With soothing natural light filling the space, French windows and a private terrace, the Rotunda offers 360 degree views of Bacara’s magical seaside property. Architectural elements such as the beamed ceiling and massive wrought iron chandelier will be complemented by stunning floral displays by Bacara’s creative director, Lorrene Balzani.

An Evening in Verona includes:

  • Wine reception on the Bacara’s beautiful Rotunda terrace
  • Four-course dinner by Executive Chef David Reardon with Italian wine pairings in the Bacara’s spectacular circular Rotunda – CLICK HERE for a Full Menu
  • Italian opera performances with soprano Lisa Eden, baritone Daniel Mobbs and pianist Cathy Miller Popovic.

The cost for this evening $150 per person, which includes tax and gratuity.

To purchase your tickets, CLICK HERE.