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The Mosher Studio Artists for our 2015/2016 productions of Don Giovanni, L’elisir d’amore and Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi will present a series of free Noontime Concerts throughout our next season!. These concerts are offered FREE to the public, and feature the talented members of our Mosher Studio Artists Program. Concerts feature a diverse repertoire of popular and lesser-known operatic offerings, all accompanied by piano.

All concerts will be held on Wednesdays in the Faulkner Gallery at the Santa Barbara Public Library.

2015/2016 CONCERT DATES:

Don Giovanni: October 21, 28 & November 4, 2015

L’elisir d’amore: February 17, 24 and March 2, 2016

Suor Angelica / Gianni Schicchi: April 6, 13 & 20, 2016

LOCATION: The Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara

START TIME: 12:00 Noon

For more information, call 805-898-3890

 

 

 

 


TreLune copy 2Tuesday, April 14

6:30 pm

Tre Lune Restaurant

1151 Coast Village Road, Montecito

Opera Santa Barbara returns to Tre Lune Restaurant in Montecito for our annual opera night. The evening will feature a four-course prix fixe dinner with each course preceded by performances from members of the cast of our upcoming production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Don’t miss this annual tradition!

Tickets are $125 per person, and must be purchased at the time of reservation.

To purchase your tickets, call 805.969.2646


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 party, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.

 

The Art of Sushi at Pagoda House

Sunday, March 22, 5:30 PM

This party, now celebrating its third year, has become one of the most memorable of all our Party Book items. Guests will learn to make dazzlingly delicious sushi rolls at the famed Pagoda House on Santa Barbara’s Riviera. Takako Wakita, 
SB City College sushi instructor, will teach you the different types of sushi rolls and demonstrate how to prepare, cut and serve in a flawless step by step process. The Pagoda House, a Japanese style home, looks as if it should be sitting on a hill in Tokyo. Built in 1910, the home has been meticulously restored by our host Maggie Gallant.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)      Number Available: 1 Space Remaining

A Streetcar Named Desire

Monday, April 6, 6:30 PM

Enjoy a New Orleans-inspired dinner party featuring the cast members from Opera Santa Barbara’s April production of
 A Streetcar Named Desire. This exciting party will be held at the home of Joan & Geoffrey Rutkowski on the Santa Barbara Riviera. A delicious dinner featuring cuisine from “the Bayou” will entice guests, and you will have an exclusive opportunity to meet some of the cast members from our production of Streetcar.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 3 Spaces Remaining

La traviata

Wednesday, April 8, 6:30 PM

If you’ve ever been to a party at the home of Bob & Sandy Urquhart, you will know that no detail is spared! For this special French-inspired evening, guests will enjoy a sit-down catered dinner interspersed with scenes from the sublime film of La Traviata starring Teresa Stratas and Placido Domingo. Joining the party will be Opera Santa Barbara’s former Artistic Director Valery ryvkin, who will share his insight and intimate knowledge of the performers, the film and Verdi’s seminal work.

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

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

Tosca

Date to be arranged by the Host with all bidding attendees

If anyone fully appreciates the pleasures of Italian cooking and fine dining, it’s Richard and Susan Aberle! Guests at this party will enjoy an authentic Roman meal in the spirit of Puccini’s Tosca! This delicious sit-down dinner will be catered by Via Maestra. In a feast fit for Baron Scarpia, you will enjoy some of Puccini’s finest music as a backdrop to this extraordinary evening.

Cost per person: $175 ($50 tax deductible)       Number Available: 8 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.


PartyBookTelephone copyJoin Opera santa Barbara for a staged performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act comic opera The Telephone. Premiering in 1947, the opera tells the story of Ben, who is leaving on a trip and wants to propose to his girlfriend Lucy before leaving. however, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the phone. Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage, but finds a way to make one last attempt, over the phone. the performance, which will be directed by Artistic director Jose Maria Condemi, will be presented at the glorious home of herb & elaine Kendall and will include cocktails and appetizers. But that’s not all. Guests will have the opportunity to attend a rehearsal for this production on August 23, prior to the performance, and witness firsthand how to stage and prepare an opera.

Cost per person: $150 ($35 Tax Deductible)

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890


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Opera Santa Barbara will present Menotti’s one-act opera The Telephone on Monday, August 25 at 12:00 pm at the Center Stage Theatre.

Premiering in 1947, the opera tells the story of Ben, who is leaving on a trip and wants to propose to his girlfriend Lucy before leaving. however, Lucy is occupied with interminable conversations on the phone. Ben leaves without asking Lucy for her hand in marriage, but finds a way to make one last attempt, over the phone.

This special presentation will be directed by OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi, and will feature soprano Molly Wilson as Lucy, baritone Daniel Scofield as Ben and piano accompaniment by Lin Fielding.

Tickets are $18 per person, and can be purchased at the Center Stage Theater Box Office or by calling 805-963-0408.