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  • 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......

  • 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 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......

  • 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......

  • 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......

  • The Opera Lab, Opera Santa Barbara’s innovative outreach program for children, will tour area elementary schools beginning this week. Opera Lab sessions will take place at Foothill and Monte Vista elementary schools in Santa Barbara on Monday, January 30; Briggs School in Santa Paula on......

  • 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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