The Merry Widow, March 2009, David Bazemore Photo
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400000000000000627809_s4Opera 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.


ArtistHostEblastSMOpera Santa Barbara is very excited about our upcoming season, featuring three fully-staged operas! This season continues OSB’s dedication to bringing high caliber professional artists to the stage of the Granada Theatre. One of the ways in which we are able to maintain a roster of fabulous singers, is through our Artist Host program. You can support our work by becoming an Artist Host.

Artist Hosts provide housing for one of our artists. We request a private bedroom, private bathroom, access to a kitchen and internet access. We are able to install internet if that is not available. Hosts are not expected to provide transportation, meals, or any other amenity. The artists tend to be working most afternoons and evenings, and enjoy quiet time in the mornings.

Artist hosts are given two tickets to the production, an invitation to the Artist Welcome Party, an invitation to a Private Rehearsal and Reception, an invitation to the Opening Night Party and a $100 stipend to cover any utility costs.

Dates we need housing for are October 13 – November 10, 2014; February 9 – March 9, 2015; and March 28 – April 27, 2015.

If you are interested in this program, or have any questions, please contact Kristen Reed at kristen@operasb.org or by calling 805.898.3890.


9 ChristmasLights 2Sunday, December 21, 6:00pm to 8:00 pm

Put on your favorite Christmas sweater and winter finery for this festive tour to see some of Santa Barbara’s best holiday lighting. Opera Santa Barbara has reserved the entire trolley for this popular tour so bring your friends and family!

All of this year’s tours are completely sold out, so this is your one chance go secure a “cherished” seat on this local tradition.

Christmas carols, mulled wine, spiced cider, and decadent holiday cookies will complete the affair.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this tour is seeing all the families (some in costume) waving outside their merrily decorated homes.

Cost per person: $85

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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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.