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Subject: Santa Barbara, California and opera (and Camner)
From: danielkessler <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 1 Aug 2016 10:09:46 -0400
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...we need to be reminded that opera starved mavens who move to Santa Barbara, California...they still have once a year performances of opera...as given by students at that "Music Academy of the West."  ...and let us not forget...that soprano Lotte Lehmann retired there and nutured budding opera students at the Academy...wasn't Grace Bumbry one of her students at that school?  Not sure?

...and let us not forget that movie actor Ronald Colman ("It is a far, far better thing that I do") immortal line he uttered in that film of "A tale of two cities"... who "set up shop" there.

...and what of Dame Judith Anderson, who settled in retirement in Santa Barbara...Judith Anderson once played the role of the scary Mrs. Manders who set fire to the "manse" in that film "Rebecca"...that also starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine?

...Santa Barbara also features the opportunity to rest one's head at the famed Biltmore Hotel! ...and how about booking a meal up in the nearby hills at the San Isidro Ranch restaurant that was once Ronald Colman's fancy "digs." ...

...and let us not forget...that Julia Childs...when she returned from France to the U.S. in retirement..moved to Santa Barbara...

...it is clear that there's more to Santa Barbara than meets the eye!

Dan Kessler

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