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  • Opera Santa Barbara is proud to lend its voice to the tributes pouring in for the extraordinary Michael Towbes, who died early yesterday at age 87. “Michael will be greatly missed by Opera Santa Barbara,” said Board Chair Nancy M. Golden. “His loyal, enthusiastic, and......

  • Back by popular demand, due to a sold-out audience in March, Opera Santa Barbara is partnering with Tre Lune Restaurant to offer a second Opera Night on Tuesday, May 9. The evening features a prix fixe four-course dinner, with each course preceded by opera arias......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will conclude its 23rd season with the company’s premiere production of Giacomo Puccini’s sensuous and poignant operetta La Rondine at the historic Granada Theatre on April 28 and 30. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, April 28, and at......

  • By Josef Woodard There is a charming “fourth wall” brand of an audience wink toward the end of Janacek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen” that lets us know that the creators — composer, singers and interpreters through ages alike — know that we know about this......

  • By Charles Donelan The enchanted forest of Leoš Janácek’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen proved irresistible in this witty and dynamic production from Opera Santa Barbara. The expressive and engaging soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian led the chase as Vixen Sharp-Ears, with the Forester (David Kravitz) trailing......

  • Christine Vanderbilt Holland, a former attorney who has supported an array of area cultural and nonprofit organizations in recent years, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Opera Santa Barbara. Her three-year term began in January. A resident of Santa Barbara since 1996,......

  • Superstar soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian will headline Opera Santa Barbara’s ambitious new production of Czech composer Leoš Janácek’s heartwarming and imaginative The Cunning Little Vixen at the Granada Theatre on March 3 and 5. Performances will take place at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 3, and......

  • In his second podcast of the season, Opera Santa Barbara Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas offers up a veritable seminar on Leoš Janácek’s “The Cunning Little Vixen.” Remember, OSB will present this unique and heartwarming opera at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara on March 3......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will offer a series of free Masterclasses, featuring professional coaches working with members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Mosher Studio Artist Program. Following this the Spring 2017 schedule: March 18: Warren Jones Faculty Member of the Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the......

  • The Opera Lab, Opera Santa Barbara’s innovative outreach program for children, will tour area elementary schools beginning this week. Opera Lab sessions will take place at Foothill and Monte Vista elementary schools in Santa Barbara on Monday, January 30; Briggs School in Santa Paula on......

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