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Opera Santa Barbara Auditions

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Opera Santa Barbara is inviting submissions from qualified California-based artists interested in being considered for leading and featured roles in our mainstage productions. Managed and unmanaged artists are welcome to apply provided they meet the requirements below:

  • Have sung a leading or featured role with a company comparable to or larger than OSB in the last two seasons
  • Are able to accept a contract that does not cover long distance transportation or rental car
  • Are willing and able to audition in person in Santa Barbara on October 9 or November 2

Artists who meet all of the above requirements are welcome to send a short email with their website link to Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas at No mail or phone inquiries please.

Another Cultural Feast on Tap

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Each autumn brings fresh reminders of the extraordinary cultural bounty we enjoy in Santa Barbara, and this year is no different. Of course, the event of the season is Opera Santa Barbara’s production of Carmen at the Granada Theatre on November 4 and 6. That said, there’s much else going on in the community. Here’s a broad sampling of notable upcoming events in the area:

Ensemble Theatre Company’s new season launches with a production of Shakespeare’s timeless Macbeth, which will run from September 29 through October 16 at the New Vic. ETC’s first foray in decades into the works of Shakespeare arrives just in time for election season with one of literature’s great tales of blind and bloody political ambition.

Local favorite Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, returns to Santa Barbara for his second appearance as principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, one of the world’s great orchestras. He will lead the Philharmonia in a remarkable program of two symphonies in E-flat major: Beethoven’s “Eroica” and Sibelius’ startlingly original Symphony No. 5, whose famed swan calls have haunted the imagination of generations of listeners. October 6 at the Granada Theatre.

The Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra will open its 38th season with a performance of Dvořák’s beloved “New World” Symphony and Gershwin’s genre-defying Concerto in F featuring acclaimed pianist Wendy Chen at the Lobero Theatre on October 8. Ms. Chen became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition in 1990, and has since performed throughout the world, garnering a steady stream of critical plaudits. The concert will be preceded by an opening-night party featuring a performance by State Street Ballet.

The Santa Barbara Symphony will begin its 2016-17 season October 15 with a performance of Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony featuring singers from the Santa Barbara Choral Society, Westmont College, UCSB, Quire of Voyces, and San Marcos High School, as well as soloists Jeanine De Bique (soprano), Nina Yoshida Nelson (mezzo), Benjamin Brecher (tenor), and DeAndre Simmons (bass). The program also will include Rapture, a shimmering orchestral work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Christopher Rouse. Jeanine De Bique also will sing the role of Micaela in Opera Santa Barbara’s production of

State Street Ballet’s 2016-17 Season opens October 22 at the Granada Theatre with An American Tango, an homage to the Jazz Age and two of the ballroom era’s most popular dancers, Frank and Yolanda Veloz. Featuring music by Waller, Gershwin, Ellington, and others, and based on a script by Guy Veloz, this multimedia dance/theatre production will take you from the streets of New York to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl. Described by as “a must-see production for anyone who loves dance.”

Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta will perform a program of Schumann, Brahms, and Prokofiev in her Santa Barbara debut at the Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall on November 16. A Grammy Award nominee renowned for her charismatic artistry, Ms. Gabetta has blazed an impressive trail since winning her first competition at age 10, becoming one of Europe’s most sought-after soloists. Accompanying her will be pianist Alessio Bax, whose lyrical, insightful playing “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone).



Opera Santa Barbara cordially invites you to join us as we celebrate the opening of our 23rd season in style with our annual Opening Night Dinner and performance of Carmen! There are ONLY 10 SEATS left for the pre-opera dinner!

Carmen Opening Night Dinner & Performance
Friday, November 4, 5:00 pm
The Granada Theatre

The evening includes:

  • Complimentary Valet Parking;
  • Wine, Sangria and and Appetizer Reception;
  • Two-Course Spanish-themed Dinner featuring Fine Wines by Palmina;
  • Opening Night Performance of Carmen;
  • Private Intermission Reception;
  • Post-Performance Dessert Reception with the Artists and Production Team.

Tickets to the dinner are $250 per person (ticket holders) or $375 per person (includes a Section A ticket to the opera). Attire is black tie optional with Spanish flair!

The menu will be posted soon. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request.

To purchase tickets, call 805.898.3890.


Opera Santa Barbara returning to the Bacara Resort & Spa for our Third Annual Wine & Opera Dinner. This year’s event will be held in the newly renovated Angel Oak restaurant, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Offering the perfect coupling of fine wine and theater arts, this exclusive evening includes parallel wine pairings by Trinitas Cellars and Fumanelli Wines, a four-course dinner with each course preceded by operatic performances with two of Opera Santa Barbara’s 2016/17 Mosher Studio Artists.

Napa Meets Verona Wine & Opera Dinner
Wednesday, October 5
6:30 – 9:30 pm

The evening includes:

  • Wine reception and hors d’oeuvres by Chef Vincent Lesage;
  • Four-course dinner featuring Angel Oak’s new fall menu; each course paired with Fumanelli and Trinitas wine;
  • Operatic performances by members of Opera Santa Barbara’s Mosher Studio Artist Program.

$150 per person, tax and gratuity included. Tickets must be purchased online by CLICKING HERE.


Opera Santa Barbara - Noontime Concert 4/13/16 SB Public Library Faulkner Gallery

Opera Santa Barbara’s popular Noontime Concert series is expanding into North Santa Barbara County, reaching public libraries between Thousand Oaks and Santa Maria. A total of 27 free concerts will be offered this season! Following is the list of free concerts being offered:

October 10: Santa Maria Public Library
October 11: Thousand Oaks Public Library
October 12: Solvang Public Library
October 13: Ojai Public Library
October 14: Ventura Public Library
October 26: Santa Barbara Public Library
November 2: Santa Barbara Public Library
February 6: Santa Maria Public Library
February 7: Thousand Oaks Public Library
February 8: Solvang Public Library
February 9: Ojai Public Library
February 10: Ventura Public Library
February 22: Santa Barbara Public Library
March 1: Santa Barbara Public Library
March 6: Santa Maria Public Library
March 7: Thousand Oaks Public Library
March 8: Solvang Public Library
March 9: Ojai Public Library
March 10: Ventura Public Library
April 19: Santa Barbara Public Library
April 26: Santa Barbara Public Library
May 3: Santa Barbara Public Library
May 8: Santa Maria Public Library
May 9: Thousand Oaks Public Library
May 10: Solvang Public Library
May 11: Ojai Public Library
May 12: Ventura Public Library

All concerts begin at 12:00 noon and feature popular and lesser-known operatic arias and duets as well as “previews” of upcoming Opera Santa Barbara performances.

For more information, call 805-898-3890