Buoso’s photo shoot

Monica Yunus, Jason Slayden and Brooks Firestone

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Brooks Firestone’s “Opera Star!” adventure continues: Heather Sterling turns Brooks Firestone into Buoso Donati, the dead man lying in Opera Santa Barbara’s “Gianni Schicchi” publicity photo shoot. While Brooks, Monica Yunus (Lauretta) and Jason Slayden (Rinuccio) were being transformed thru the magic of makeup, my first task was to create a death…

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Trifonov dazzles

CAMA Santa Barbara - Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Daniil Trifonov - piano 3/24/16 Granada Theatre

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A fantastic performance! Orchestra Symphonique de Montereal filled the Granada Theatre stage March 24 for a triumphant return to Santa Barbara after around 40 years. Under the baton of Kent Nagano, the evening featured a stupendous young pianist, Danil Trifonof, playing a jaw-dropping Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major,…

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Launch it!

Playwright Idris Goodwin and director Risa Brainin work with UCSB Drama Department student actors 3/31/16 UCSB HSSB 1151

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This year’s edition of Launchpad, UCSB Theater Department’s artist residency and performance program for new plays, features “WE WANT THE FUNK, a rustbelt lullaby on the one!” written by multi-talented Idris Goodwin. In a round (well, yeah, it’s a rectangle) table give and take session, playwright, director Risa Brainin, actors and production team explore…

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Fenlon Lamb works her magic

Fenlon Lamb and José Luis Moscovich with artists in Opera Santa Barbara's "Gianni Schicchi" staging rehearsal 3/31/16 Weinman Hall, MAW

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Staging rehearsals for Opera Santa Barbara’s upcoming production of “Giannin Schicchi” got under way March 30th with Stage director Fenlon Lamb, whose well honed theatrical sensibilities and great sense of humor make for very entertaining and productive rehearsals. It’s so interesting to see how much work goes into figuring out who…

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