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  • Stage Director Alison Moritz is a rising young star on the contemporary American opera scene. She debuts with Opera Santa Barbara in this April’s double bill of Trouble in Tahiti and Gallantry. Her recent productions have been lauded as “about as gorgeous and accessible as......

  • When Benjamin Britten was a young boy in Suffolk in the 1920’s, his musical talents were so evident that his mother was confident that when he grew up he would become the fourth B… after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. Ben didn’t quite make it but......

  • The Board of Directors of Opera Santa Barbara is pleased to announce that its  Artistic Director, Kostis Protopapas has accepted additional responsibilities as General Director for the organization. At their November 27 meeting, the Executive Committee and the full board unanimously approved a proposal to create......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will open its 2017-18 season with a sumptuous production of Jules Massenet’s sultry Manon starring celebrated soprano Sarah Coburn at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 3, followed by an encore performance at 2:30 pm on Sunday, November 5. Both performances will take......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will present a series of free noontime concerts at Santa Barbara and Ventura County libraries through mid-April. Featuring the company’s Studio Artists singing a variety of operatic repertoire and musical theatre selections, the intimate concerts will take place at Ojai Public Library......

  • Opera Santa Barbara has named Frederick Sidon and Duncan Mellichamp Honorary Board Members in recognition for their many extraordinary efforts on behalf of the company. Current Board members conferred the title on Messrs. Sidon and Mellichamp during a brief ceremony today at the University Club.......

  • Single tickets are on sale for Opera Santa Barbara’s 2017-18 season, which will open with a sumptuous production of Jules Massenet’s sultry Manon starring celebrated soprano Sarah Coburn on November 3 and 5, followed by a frolicsome staging of Gioachino Rossini’s enduring comic masterwork The Barber......

  • Friday’s “Arts and Antiques Radio Show” on KZSB AM 1290 featured an interview with the impressive Marylove Thralls. Click on the audio player below to hear her conversation with host Elizabeth Stewart....

  • Subscription sales have begun for Opera Santa Barbara’s 2017-18 season, which will open with a sumptuous production of Jules Massenet’s sultry Manon on November 3 and 5, followed by a sprightly staging of Gioachino Rossini’s enduring comic masterwork The Barber of Seville on March 2......

  • Steven Sharpe, who charted an ambitious course for Opera Santa Barbara over 11 years, spearheading the company’s first world premiere and otherwise elevating its stature through a series of new and expanded programmatic initiatives, is stepping down as general director. The company will immediately conduct......

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