Friday, 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
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!
Chili Caramel Chicharron Lollipop
Bacon Ribbon with Thyme & Smoked Black Pepper
Beet Shot & Avocado Sphere with Anise Toothpick
Wine & Winter Vegetable Braised Guinea Fowl Stew served with Artisanal Bread & Grass Fed Butter with Sea Salt
Whole Roasted Suckling Pig (On Display)
Roasted Pork Loin with Pickled Apples & Wilted Cabbage served over Spiced Brown Butter Dumplings
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.
Opera 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.
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.