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 recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary. For its 19|20 Season of Romance, join Opera SB we serenade you in the languages of love, from the shimmering arias of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (in Italian), the dreamy impressionistic melodies in Daniel Catán’s homage to Pablo Neruda, Il Postino (in Spanish), to the grand choruses and passionate duets of Charles Gounod’s Romeo & Juliet (in French).
This season Opera Santa Barbara continues its popular Opera Lab program, an innovative highly interactive program designed to teach students the A-B-and high Cs of opera! Guided by four professional singers specially trained in improvisation, students learn the building blocks of our fascinating art form and use them to construct their very own opera, performed for them on the spot.
Free Community Concerts
Each season, Opera Santa Barbara offers a series of free Noontime Concerts at libraries across the Central Coast as well as during 1st Thursdays at the SB Museum of Art featuring members of our Chrisman Studio Artist Program. These concerts feature a variety of popular and lesser-known arias and duets.
All Noontime Concerts begin at 12:00 pm and last about 1 hour. Please see our schedule of Noontime Concerts this season.
For the schedule of 1st Thursday concerts at SB Museum please see our Event Calendar.
Concerts are offered FREE to the general public.