1330 State Street, Suite 209
Santa Barbara, CA

Founded in 1994 by Marilyn Gilbert and Nathan Rundlett, Opera Santa Barbara is committed to presenting productions and educational programs of the highest quality. Over more than two decades the company has staged some 50 operas and devoted thousands of hours to community outreach. The organization remains dedicated to the core passions that animated its founding: celebrating and championing the breadth and beauty of opera, and contributing to the cultural enrichment of the Santa Barbara community. Additional information is available at www.operasb.org.

Opera Santa Barbara’s 2016-17 Season begins with Georges Bizet’s Carmen, November 4 & 6. It continues with Leoš Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, March 3 & 5. The final production will feature Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine. All performances will be staged at the Granada Theatre. Tickets for all productions range from $29 to $169. Single tickets go on sale August 1st and can be purchased through the Granada at 805.899.2222 or online at Granadasb.org.

Carmen by Georges Bizet

Performed at the Granada Theatre
Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 2:30pm

The world’s sexiest gypsy, a bull fighter, and a soldier with a fatal obsession ignite the Granada stage in Opera Santa Barbara’s grand season opener. Spend an evening in Georges Bizet’s romantic and dangerous world of gypsies, smugglers, bull fighters and flamenco dancers, as Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas leads the orchestra with some of opera’s most famous tunes. Octavio Cardenas directs.

Performed in French with English surtitles.
Estimated Run Time: 3 Hours, including One 20-Minute Intermission
Season Sponsors: The Mithun Family Foundation & The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation
Production Sponsor: Roger & Sarah Chrisman 

The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janácek

Performed at the Granada Theatre
Friday, March 3, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2:30pm

Humans and animals bump into one another in a moonlit Czech forest in Leoš Janácek’s humorous and tender allegory about the circle of life.  Filled with dancing dragonflies, talking frogs, a litter of fox cubs and some endearingly tipsy humans, our beautiful new production by director Crystal Manich will warm the hearts and light up the faces of adults and children alike.  Kostis Protopapas conducts.

Sung in English with English surtitles
Estimated Run Time: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes, including One 20-Minute Intermission

Season Sponsors: The Mithun Family Foundation & The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation

La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini

Performed at the Granada Theatre
Friday, April 28, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 7:30pm

A woman with a past is given a second chance when she falls in love with a young student. From the sumptuous salons of belle epoque Paris, to bustling nightclubs and on to the French Riviera, we follow the beautiful Magda -“the swallow”- in her bittersweet journey to recapture the innocence of youth. This production will be staged by Tara Faircloth and Kostis Protopapas conducts the OSB premiere of Puccini’s only “operetta.”

Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Estimated Run Time: 2 Hours and 45 Minutes, Including Two 15-Minute Intermissions
Season Sponsors: The Mithun Family Foundation & The Elaine F. Stepanek Foundation

BRUNDIBAR by Hans Krása

Performed at the Lobero Theatre                                                                              
Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 2:30 and 5:00 pm

Opera Santa Barbara’s newly formed Santa Barbara Youth Opera will present a fully staged production of Brundibár. The short opera (no more than forty minutes long) was written for a cast of 34 children and one adult (baritone). It was composed in 1938 by Hans Krása, with lyrics by Adolf Hoffmeister, as an entry for a children’s opera competition. It received its premiere in German-occupied Prague and was performed by children at a Jewish Orphanage. The children and the composer were eventually transported to the Terezín concentration camp. In July 1943, the score of Brundibár was smuggled into camp, where it was re-orchestrated by Krása for the various instrumentalists who were available to play at that time at the camp. The premiere of the Terezín version took place on 23 September 1943 in the hall of the Magdeburg barracks. The opera eventually had over 50 performances at Terezín. Nearly all of the children who performed in the opera were deported to Auschwitz and died in the gas chambers. Hans Krása met the same fate. 

The history of Brundibar is brutal, but the opera itself is a parable of hope and justice. This special performance is a collaboration with the Ojai Youth Opera and the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony.

Outreach Program

This season Opera Santa Barbara will continue “The Opera Lab,” an exciting educational outreach program for youth, in which four specially-trained opera singers visit schools and invite students to create their very own opera, which the singers improvise on the spot. Enthusiastic response from students and teachers continues, and we are excited about our new season which will begin in early 2017. Please check out our website for the latest information at http://www.operasb.org/operainschools.php

Free Noontime Concerts

Each season, Opera Santa Barbara offers a series of free Noontime Concerts featuring members of our Mosher Studio Artist Program. These concerts feature a variety of popular and lesser-known arias and duets. For the most up-to-date information: http://www.operasb.org/freeconcerts.php

The concerts are held at public libraries in:
Santa Barbara, Goleta (12:30 PM start time), Thousand Oaks,
Solvang, Ojai and Ventura

All presentations begin at 12:00 pm and last about 1 hour.

Concerts are offered FREE to the general public.

2016 | 2017 Season Santa Barbara Noontime Concerts will be held at the Santa Barbara Public Library, Faulkner Gallery on the following dates:

2016 – Wednesday, October 26 & November 2;
2017 – Wednesday, February 22 & March 1; April 19 & 26; May 3

Opera Santa Barbara

1330 State Street, Suite 209
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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