About Opera Santa Barbara

Founded in 1994, Opera Santa Barbara contributes to the cultural enrichment of our community by celebrating and championing the breadth and beauty of opera by presenting exciting, high-quality opera productions and community programs to audiences throughout California’s Central Coast.

The Company

Opera Santa Barbara was founded by Marilyn Gilbert and Nathan Rundlett with the goal of bringing the highest caliber of opera to Santa Barbara.

Prior Productions

During the past 19 years the organization has presented 48 operas and has provided thousands of hours of educational programs to the community.


Check out photos from past productions. Photos by David Bazemore.

Employment Opportunities

There are no employment opportunities at this time.

Visitor Information

Santa Barbara has so many things to see and do (…and eat) that planning your trip can be a challenge! Let us help you craft the perfect visit. Here’s our list of top picks!

Opera Chorus

Chorus Auditions for Opera Santa Barbara’s 2017-18 season have concluded. Check back to hear about future audition opportunities.

Supernumeraries: Your Chance to be in an Opera!

Supernumeraries (or “supers”) perform non-singing roles in our opera productions. Casting needs vary from production to production, but include people of all ages and types.

Photo by David Bazemore