Nuns such and fools aplenty

Opera Santa Barbara's "Suor Angelica" 4/20/16 Granada Theatre

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Opera Santa Barbara’s triumphant finale to their 2015 – 2016 Season was a two-punch knockout. Starting with more nuns than you could shake a censer at, and the heart-rending downfall of Sister Suor Angelica, transcendently sung by Maria Kanyova. “Gianni Schicchi” lightened things up considerably after the intermission. It made for…

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Heart like a wheel

"A Conversation with Linda Ronstadt" 4/21/16 Lobero Theatre

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Linda Ronstadt’s music and career make a pretty compelling subject for a show, even more so when Linda Ronstadt is the one telling the story. For about 70 minutes she held the audience at the Lobero Theatre spellbound and loving it as she recounted her life, with a slideshow, snippets from her…

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What a visit!

Kathleen Turner Workshop for UCSB Dept. of Theater & Dance 4/21/16

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Kathleen Turner’s residency during this year’s UCSB Theater Dept. Michael Douglas Visiting Artist Program was by turns hilarious, rigorously educational and an all around blast. The multiple Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee gave priceless insights into the mechanics and magic of acting on stage and in movies during workshops for…

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Curtain up!

Maestro Breid and the whole cast of Opera Santa Barbara's "Gianni Schicchi" after the final performance.

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Buoso Donati’s moment of glory finally arrives. Preparations backstage and down in the dressing rooms below stage are well in hand, the scenery is set, the lighting perfected and the orchestra tuned up. Now it’s showtime! Opera Santa Barbara’s production of ‘Gianni Schicchi” took flight Friday April 22 and it was a hilarious…

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