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  • 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......

  • 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......

  • Daniel Hone, a longtime professor of physics at UC Santa Barbara, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Opera Santa Barbara. His three-year term began in May. Born in San Francisco, Mr. Hone completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley before earning a......

  • 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......

  • 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......

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