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• The Lasting Novelty and Dramatic Power of Wagner's Das Rheingold • In 1849, the 36-year-old Richard Wagner was on the verge of becoming the most successful opera composer in German-speaking Europe. And then calamity struck. The city of Dresden, where he was currently living, was seized...

Have an opera lover in your life? Don't know what to get them for Christmas? We've got you covered. Our Opera SB Holiday Gift Guide 2018 has some fun gift ideas for those new to opera and long time fans. From clever shirts to recently Grammy nominated...

The artist mandate Every worthwhile artistic endeavor begins with the desire of a single human being, the artist, to create something new, which, whether born out of personal experience or historical circumstance, has the power to illuminate the human experience in a unique and irreplaceable way....

5 Things to Expect At Your First Opera

Opera can be a bit intimidating and if you’ve never been to one, it’s hard to know how to prepare. It isn’t like popping into an afternoon matinee or catching a weekend concert, but it’s worth a little research for this unique experience you’ll likely never forget. Here are 5 things to expect at your first opera to help you get excited for this thrilling, live art form.

Opera Santa Barbara’s popular Noontime Concert series is now scheduled for our 2018/2019 25th Anniversary Season. Concerts will be performed in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Oxnard, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, Lompoc, Solvang, and Santa Maria. A total of 19 free concerts will be offered this season! Following is the...

By popular request, OSB is inaugurating our Aficionado Club. Designed for Opera Santa Barbara patrons who currently attend our productions alone, the Aficionado Club is a great way to meet people who share your passion for opera- so there’s always a friendly face in the crowd! 
L'Elisir d'Amore, March 2016, Photo by David Bazemore