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  • 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......

  • Emeritus Director Frederick R. Sidon, who will be honored at OSB’s Opera Ball gala on February 17, sat down for a brief interview Wednesday with Elizabeth Stewart, host of “The Arts and Antiques Radio Show” on KZSB AM 1290. Click on the audio player below......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will honor Emeritus Director Frederick R. Sidon at its annual Opera Ball gala on Friday, February 17, in the Four Seasons Biltmore’s Loggia Ballroom. France’s “Belle Époque” will be the theme of the fundraising event, which will include cocktails, dinner, a live......

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  • September is finally here! Don’t get me wrong, I love the summer and have had a great one this year, visiting my family in Greece and traveling to Italy for the first time (can you believe it?). Nevertheless, I’ve been anxious for the new season......

  • Mary Tonetti Dorra, an author and former University of California instructor who has supported numerous area cultural organizations over several decades, has been elected to the Board of Directors for Opera Santa Barbara. Her three-year term began in June. Born in Macon, Georgia, Ms. Dorra......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will hold additional Youth Opera auditions for its 2016-17 season on September 9 in Ojai. We are looking for singers ages 7 to 18 of exceptional talent, enthusiasm, and musical ability to be a part of our dynamic company. Productions include Bizet’s......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will open its 23rd season with Georges Bizet’s timeless drama Carmen on November 4 and 6, followed by compelling productions of Leoš Janá?ek’s imaginative The Cunning Little Vixen on March 3 and 5, and Giacomo Puccini’s richly melodic La Rondine on April......

  • Opera Santa Barbara will welcome four promising young vocalists for 17 weeks of performances, training, and community events under an expansion of its artist residency program early next year. The company’s new Mosher Studio Artist Program will enable four singers and an accompanist to take......

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