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Opera Santa Barbara is now selling spaces for our second annual Party Book of exclusive and fun events!

Each party has a limited number of spaces, and spaces are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Following are the parties being offered:

March 2: Academy Awards Party ($175 per person)

April 6: Hungarian Opera Dinner Party (Sold Out)

April 28: Opera in Historic Places: The Mural Room ($125 per person)

May 15: Opera Jeopardy! ($100 per person)

May 18: The Art of Sushi at Pagoda House ($150 per person)

June 22: Karaoke at the Salt Caves ($100 per person)

July 12: High Tea at the Tea Gardens ($135 per person)

August 24: Opera in Fine Homes featuring Menotti’s The Telephone ($150 per person)

September 27: Historic Walking Tour ($110 per person)

December 21: Christmas Lights Trolley Tour ($85 per person)

To purchase tickets, call Opera Santa Barbara at 805.898.3890.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Party Book!


Falstaff Demystified!

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Catherine Cook.lgFriday, February 21, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, MichaelKate Interiors, 132 Santa Barbara St.

 

Opera Santa Barbara returns to MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery to continue shedding light on the opera experience. Enjoy an intimate performance featuring San Francisco based mezzo-soprano, Catherine Cook (pictured at left); followed by a panel discussion where Falstaff stage director, Jose Maria Condemi, and conductor, Francesco Milioto will share their insights on Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of Falstaff.  Come early to enjoy a glass of wine, and settle into the relaxing surroundings for an enlightening evening designed to deepen your appreciation of opera.
  • 5:00 PM – Wine reception
  • 5:30 PM – Catherine Cook performance
  • 6:00 PM – Discussion with Maestro Francesco Milioto & Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi; Moderated by James Donelan, Ph.D.

General Admission – $25; Students – $10

To purchase tickets, call: 805.898.3890

 


Falstaff Frill and Folly

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Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery, 120 Santa Barbara Street
and The Arts Fund, 205-C Santa Barbara Street

Opera Santa Barbara is excited to celebrate Falstaff with an evening of art, opera, & indulgence in the Funk Zone. Join us as we celebrate the debauchery of Falstaff, with a progressive feast, that promises to delight all the senses!  The night begins at the Arts Fund, to explore their newest exhibit of “Obsession” enjoy delectable light bites and hear from the artists. Guests will then be escorted to the Art Foundry & Gallery for a three-course farm to table dinner & wine pairing, while singers from Opera Santa Barbara thrill guests with their glorious tones throughout the feast!

FALSTAFF’S MENU:

Appetizers
Chili Caramel Chicharron Lollipop
Bacon Ribbon with Thyme & Smoked Black Pepper
Beet Shot & Avocado Sphere with Anise Toothpick

First Course
Wine & Winter Vegetable Braised Guinea Fowl Stew served with Artisanal Bread & Grass Fed Butter with Sea Salt

Second Course
Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (On Display)
Roasted Pork Loin with Pickled Apples & Wilted Cabbage served over Spiced Brown Butter Dumplings

Third Course
Surprise Dessert

Each course will be paired with wine from Blair Fox Wine Company.

Seating is limited, and advanced purchase is required. Tickets are $100, and may be purchased via phone by calling The Santa Barbara Art Foundry & Gallery: (805) 324-4230.


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.


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