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Have an opera lover in your life? Don't know what to get them for Christmas? We've got you covered.Our Opera SB Holiday Gift Guide 2018 has some fun gift ideas for those new to opera and long time fans. From clever shirts to recently Grammy nominated...

The artist mandate Every worthwhile artistic endeavor begins with the desire of a single human being, the artist, to create something new, which, whether born out of personal experience or historical circumstance, has the power to illuminate the human experience in a unique and irreplaceable way....

Choosing the Best Seats at The Granada Theatre

When it comes to buying the best seats for a show, there is only one “universal truth” and that is: The earlier you buy, the better combination of value and price you get.In deciding which seat to buy to maximize the best possible experience and price points, you may first want to decide the order in which the following factors are important to you:
  • SOUND
  • VIEW
  • ACCESS
  • LEGROOM
  • READING THE SUPERTITLES
  • BUDGET
Seat pricing reflects how many of these factors are optimized, as well as the demand for each section. All seats in The Granada are great, but below are some thoughts on how each section serves the priorities above.

5 Things to Expect At Your First Opera

Opera can be a bit intimidating and if you’ve never been to one, it’s hard to know how to prepare. It isn’t like popping into an afternoon matinee or catching a weekend concert, but it’s worth a little research for this unique experience you’ll likely never forget. Here are 5 things to expect at your first opera to help you get excited for this thrilling, live art form.

Susan Anderson | 2018/19 La Bohéme Production & Orchestra Coordinator Opera Santa Barbara is celebrating 25 years! Over the course of the 2018/19 season, we will be profiling musicians, artists, board members, and staff both past and current who have brought a quarter-century of thrilling opera to...

Opera Santa Barbara’s popular Noontime Concert series is now scheduled for our 2018/2019 25th Anniversary Season. Concerts will be performed in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Lompoc, Solvang, and Santa Maria. A total of 19 free concerts will be offered this season! Following is the...

Sam Fischer | 2018/19 Opera Santa Barbara Concertmaster Opera Santa Barbara is celebrating 25 years! Over the course of the 2018/19 season, we will be profiling musicians, artists, board members, and staff both past and current who have brought a quarter-century of thrilling opera to Santa...

Jennifer Lindsay and the Art of Historical Costuming

Jennifer Lindsay’s pursuits in life are as varied as they are remarkable. To let someone know you are an opera singer invites curiosity and fascination. But to also say you hold degrees in Mathematics, Operations Research and Computer Science, perform orchestral violin in numerous ensembles across the US and “picked up” historical costuming originally as a hobby, leaves one feeling astonished and more than a little bit lazy about free-time activities. Lindsay is kind to laugh this off for those less inclined to be productive. But for her, whatever work she dives into whether singing or software development, requires a disciplined approach. Historical costuming was another way to focus her creative outlet of music and add another layer to her profession. Lindsay explains how costuming went from Halloween to historical. Opera Santa Barbara is thrilled to have this “Jen-of-all-trades” as a Chrisman Studio Artist for the 2018/19 season.
L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore