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ear friends, welcome to Opera Santa Barbara’s 23rd season! During last season, my first as OSB’s Artistic Director, I had the opportunity to observe and understand some of the things that make this company so unique: a passionate and hardworking staff that works to produce the highest quality performances possible; a curious
and enthusiastic Board that welcomes new ideas; and an audience that comes to the Granada Theatre seeking great stories, great music, great voices and always open to new experiences. Over the 400-some years since the first opera was created in Florence, the world’s greatest composers have brought to life stories reflecting the full spectrum of human experience. Their works showcase our most powerful means of expression, the human voice, and incorporate action, poetry, dance and visual arts into the most ambitious achievement of Western civilization. As Artistic Director, each year my job and joy is to go back to the treasure troves of operatic creation and design seasons that are as diverse in expression and as rich in entertainment, feeling and meaning as our amazing art form is. The wide-ranging mix of our 2016/17 mainstage season reflects our desire to reach as many people in Santa Barbara as possible and attract to the theater opera lovers from all over the Central and Southern Coast. I hope that you will find that the three works in our season present a unique, authentic and compelling artistic proposition worth experiencing in its entirety. I look forward to sharing these works with you in productions painstakingly prepared by our production staff, orchestra and chorus and featuring some of the finest young American singers working today. I look forward to you becoming a season subscriber and taking advantage of the many subscriber benefits including the best seats in the house and savings over the price of single tickets. I'm looking forward to having the opportunity of meeting you in the next season. Opera Santa Barbara is your company, and I would love to hear from you any time at email@example.com.
With best wishes,
KOSTIS PROTOPAPAS Artistic Director
F R I D AY
he world’s sexiest gypsy, a bullfighter, and a soldier with a fatal obsession ignite the Granada stage in Opera Santa Barbara’s grand season opener. Spend an evening in George Bizet’s romantic and dangerous world of gypsies, smugglers, bullfighters and flamenco dancers, as Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas leads the orchestra with some of opera’s most famous tunes. Octavio Cardenas directs. Sung in French with English surtitles
Photo: Kevin Steele
F R I D AY
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umans and animals bump into one another in a moonlit Czech forest in Leoš Janáček’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
Photo: David Bazemore
G I ACO M O P U CC I N I ' S
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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 the romantic French Riviera, we follow the beautiful Magda -“the swallow”- in her bittersweet journey to recapture the innocence of youth. Director Tara Faircloth directs and Kostis Protopapas conducts the OSB premiere of Puccini’s only “operetta.” Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Photo: Kevin Steele
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Celebrate the opening of Opera Santa Barbaraâ€™s 23rd Season in grand style with the Gala Dinner in the McCune Founders room of the Granada Theatre prior to opening night of Bizetâ€™s Carmen. The evening will feature valet parking, a gourmet dinner, private intermission and post-opera reception. B7193BA/@3 #>3@>3@A=<
WAYS TO SUPPORT THE OPERA Opera Santa Barbara depends on the generosity of its donors to continue to bring live, operatic productions to our community. Ticket sales cover less than 30% of our costs. There are several programs that recognize the significant contributions of our donors. Please consider making a donation as you subscribe and become an important member of our family of donors.
SEASON & PRODUCTION SPONSORS
YOUR EXPERIENCE OPERA GOES TO THE MOVIES - NEW! Sponsored by Sarah & Roger Chrisman Movies of select operas or related films will be screened on the Granada Theatre 4K Digital Cinema weeks before OSBâ€™s main offerings. The $10 fee will be waived for season subscribersâ€“another benefit of subscribing now. Dates are to be determined and subscribers will receive ample advance notice.
OPERA IN PERFORMANCE - NEW! Starting in the fall, the Center for Lifelong Learning and Opera Santa Barbara are co-sponsoring a new course centered around the three operas being performed in OSB's season and on some of the operas that will be seen in the Met HD transmissions. The classes will be taught by Simon Williams with guest artists and lecturers and will examine the music, libretto, and performance history of the operas. Further information will be available at thecll.org.
FREE NOONTIME CONCERTS Prior to each opera production, Opera Santa Barbara will offer a series of free Noontime concerts at the Santa Barbara Public Library featuring members of our Mosher Studio Artists Program.
Individuals, who contribute $15,000 or more annually to support Opera Santa Barbaraâ€™s seasons and productions, receive recognition in the performance supertitles and in the performance programs as well as invitations to exclusive events.
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Individuals, who make an annual donation of $1,500 to $14,999, receive recognition in the performance programs as well as exclusive invitations to special Impresario Circle events.
SUSTAINERS Individuals, who support Opera Santa Barbaraâ€™s Annual Fund with donations of $1,499 and under, receive recognition in the performance programs.
BRAVO SOCIETY Create a lasting legacy for Opera Santa Barbara by joining our Bravo Society for future-minded donors who include Opera Santa Barbara in their wills or trusts. You will control your capital while saving taxes and ensuring the long-term success of live opera in our community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about our donor programs, contact Steven Sharpe at 805-898-3890.
Opera Santa Barbara provides informative pre-opera talks free to all ticket holders starting 45 minutes before each opera performance at the front of the house. Opera Santa Barbara offers a special package to attend the opera for existing community groups such as health clubs, language clubs, service clubs, wine clubs and library groups. Affinity groups receive a 15% discount and are offered an optional wine and cheese reception prior to the performance. To reserve your group package, call 805-898-3890.
PATRONS ATTENDING ON THEIR OWN Patrons who attend the opera alone are invited to attend wine and cheese receptions before the Friday evening performances. These receptions provide ample opportunities for you to share your love of opera with others and to make new friends.
FAMILY PRICING Introduce the children in your life to opera and take advantage of the special $14 price for children from ages 7 - 17 to attend childrenfriendly operas when accompanied by an adult.
Complete and mail the form below by August 1st to order your 2016/17 Season Subscription and SAVE UP TO 25% OFF the price of single tickets. You can also subscribe at OperaSB.org or by calling 805 898-3890.
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