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.
Sunday, 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
To launch its 20th Anniversary Season, Opera Santa Barbara is presenting a special performance of Lee Hoiby’s comic one-act opera Bon Appétit! on Monday, September 30 at noon at the Center Stage Theatre. This delicious opera is a comedic take on a classic episode of Child’s popular television show – set to music! The incomparable mezzo-soprano Susan Nicely stars as the flamboyant master chef, teaching the makings of a classic French chocolate cake – Le Gâteau au Chocolat L’Éminence Brune. This performance is under one hour long, designed to fit into any lunch break. And, after the performance, audiences will enjoy a slice of chocolate cake courtesy of Whole Foods.
With his short opera Bon Appétit!, American composer Lee Hoiby (1926-2011) took on the making of a chocolate cake, as told through the actual words of celebrity chef Julia Child, who spent the later part of her life living at Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara. Hoiby composed Bon Appétit! In 1985 for American actress and friend Jean Stapleton (best knows as Edith Bunker in All in the Family – pictured above), who sang the 1989 premiere at the Kennedy Center and later performed it in an off-Broadway run. The libretto for Bon Appétit! Was adapted by Hoiby’s frequent collaborator and partner Mark Shulgasser from transcripts of two episodes of Child’s TV show, The French Chef. The overwhelming popularity of Child (1912-2004) came not just from her culinary expertise but from her self-deprecating humor and matter-of-fact style. Hoiby wisely left most of the gags for the staging and wrote a tuneful but straight-ahead vocal line. Like Child’s whipped egg whites, Bon Appétit! may be light and frothy, but it’s the result of a master’s sure touch.
Bon Appétit!. Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:00 pm at the Center Stage Theater, upstairs at Paseo Nuevo
Tickets are $13 per person and can be purchased by calling the Center Stage Theater at 805.963.0408 or www.centerstagetheater.org.
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2013
Steven Sharpe, General Director
Phone: (805) 898-3890
OPERA SANTA BARBARA ANNOUNCES 20th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
– Puccini’s blockbuster Tosca returns, kicks off season
– Company premiere: first-ever OSB production of Verdi’s Falstaff
– Company premiere of The Consul, Menotti’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller
– 20th Anniversary offers something for everyone: Puccini, Verdi, Menotti
– OSB Artistic Director Jose Maria Condemi to direct Tosca and Falstaff
Santa Barbara, CA… Opera Santa Barbara announces its 2013/2014 season.
This season marks Opera Santa Barbara’s 20th Anniversary; the company celebrates with three spectacular productions: a heart-wrenching tale of love and betrayal, a witty, elegant comedy, and a thrilling, suspenseful drama. Tosca opens in November 2013, followed by Falstaff in March 2014, and The Consul in April 2014.