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  • Two highly accomplished individuals have joined Opera Santa Barbara’s Board of Directors. Eric Small is a noted yoga practitioner and advocate for its use in treating multiple sclerosis and other disorders. Robert W. Weinman is a retired physicist and prominent supporter of performing arts organizations......

  • The children’s opera Brundibár is a musical jewel for young and old despite its grim history at the showcase Nazi concentration camp at Theresienstadt (Terezín). Fred Golden details the work’s creative wonders and tragic backstory in the video below. Treat yourself and your kids to......

  • The Santa Barbara Youth Opera, in collaboration with Ojai Youth Opera and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, will present a fully staged production of Brundibár, Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása’s uniquely affecting children’s opera, at the Lobero Theatre on Saturday, May 20. Performances will take......

  • 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......

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