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  • OSB TICKET FAQs Over the last year we have made some changes to our ticket pricing and policies.  Some of our new practices differ from those of other arts organizations, and depart from long-established industry norms.  Some patrons have expressed confusion or curiosity about how......

  • Painting Tosca with Light Opera Santa Barbara’s Director of Production is also veteran Lighting Designer, Helena Kuukka. Helena recently did the lighting design for last season’s Semele, As One, and the double bill for El Amor Brujo and Il Tabarro. She sits with OSB to......

  • OPERA AMBASSADORS GET A BEHIND-THE-CURTAIN TOUR AND LEARN ABOUT LIGHTWALKING   On September 14, a dozen Opera Ambassadors (aka OSB volunteers) quite literally enjoyed a rare peek behind the curtain, into the epicenter of the opera’s Costume Shop in the Paseo Nuevo mall in downtown Santa......

  • Before Opera Santa Barbara’s 22|23 Season opener, Puccini’s Tosca, we asked some questions of tenor Adam Diegel who will be playing Tosca’s lover, Mario Cavaradossi . Some of you may remember Adam from 2017’s La Rondine or his memorable “Nessun Dorma” from Opera SB’s 25th......

  • Ahead of Opera Santa Barbara’s 22|23 Season opener, Puccini’s Tosca, we asked some questions of bass-baritone Wayne Tigges who will be playing the villain, Baron Scarpia. Some of you may have seen Wayne in his OSB main stage debut as John Proctor in 2019’s The......

  • We are just a few weeks from the 22|23 Season opener of Tosca at the Granada Theatre on October 1. We spoke with Greek soprano Eleni Calenos who will star as the titular character in her pandemic-delayed return to the company. Many of you might......

  • MEET OUR NEW BOARD CHAIR! We chat with incoming OSB Board Director Nicholas Burlett about Tosca, tech companies, and his latest cocktail  creation, “the Ersatz Albanian”. . What was your first opera? My first live in-person opera was Opera Santa Barbara’s 2009 production of Carmen. I......

  • In life and in the arts, we make our entrances and exits. It’s always a bittersweet feeling when a show is finished, but we can always look forward to the next opera with excitement, knowing that a new kind of magic will once again astound......

  • Diane Louise Dodds-Reichert January 7, 1947-March 22, 2022 A Remembrance by David Reichert For eleven years I had the privilege of being Diane’s loving partner. After four years, we married, and this past April 11 would have been our seventh anniversary. As she was hospitalized,......

  • Opera Santa Barbara Ends Season With a Wow by Leslie Dinaberg   Let me preface this by saying that I am not even remotely qualified to be an opera critic. For an insightful music guru’s wisdom and cultural/historical context, look at our senior arts writer......

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