Lectures, Classes, & Workshops – June 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens!  Here are your educational opera-tunities for this month:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://tinyurl.com/DonGiovanniPreviews
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Don Giovanni with Dr. Bruce Lamott, Director of the Philharmonia Chorale

SF CHAPTER: Tues May 30 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed May 31 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed May 31 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

MARIN CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

PENINSULA CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 10am; $10
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION
http://www.operasj.org/tickets/opera-history-course
Opera History Course – With OSJ General Director Larry Hancock as the instructor, this popular 6-week course covers 400 years of opera development including the development and changes in the choice of opera subjects, the use of poetry and dialogue in the libretto, styles of musical composition, evolution of the opera orchestra, and changes in performance practice period by period. Each quick-paced session will be enhanced with visuals from other art forms, including fashion, architecture, painting, and sculpture, bringing a more complete knowledge of the society that influenced its composers. $100; call the box office at (408) 437-4450 to register.
Wed nights May 31 – July 5 from 7 – 9pm Opera San Jose HQ, 2149 Paragon Dr., SJ

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – SFSU
http://www.campusce.net/sfsu/course/course.aspx?C=358&pc=93
Opera: The First 150 Years – Join instructor John Prescott in this six-week course exploring the birth of opera in the intellectual salons of Florence as an attempt to revive Greek drama. Other topics will include the differences in the way opera was written and performed in other parts of Europe including Venice, the French court of Louis XIV and England. The social and historical phenomena of early opera’s use of castrati will also be discussed along with the works of Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Purcell, Handel, and more. No previous musical experience is necessary. $95
Friday afternooons, June 9 – July 14 from 1 – 3pm
SFSU Downtown Campus 835 Market St. Room 677, SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/SFOFirstActLittlePrince
First Act: The Little Prince – Join us as we discover Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s fantasy opera The Little Prince. In this workshop we’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and fine-gross motor skills. $10; A limited number of discounted tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat June 10 at 11:30am Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA
Opera for Our Time: Bringing New Works to Life – SF Opera’s longtime dramaturg Kip Cranna has managed the commissioning of more than 20 new operas, including Harvey Milk, A Streetcar Named Desire, Dead Man Walking, Appomattox, Dream of the Red Chamber, and the upcoming Girls of the Golden West.  Join him for an insider’s viewpoint—with video examples—as he explores the thriving world of contemporary American opera and offers behind-the-scenes tales of how new operas are born.
$20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Wed June 14  5:30pm reception; 6pm program Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St, SF

Merola Opera: Sparking the FutureJean Kellogg, Merola’s executive director, will trace the program’s history, providing photographs, anecdotes and a preview of Merola’s 60th Anniversary Summer Festival. Come learn about this unique Bay Area opera company that proves opera is thriving. $20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Thurs June 29  11:30am reception; 12noon program Commonwealth Club 555 Post St., SF

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn. Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to “all the people”; attend the lecture and then go see the opera with your newfound knowledge!
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Don Giovanni is opera’s ultimate anti-hero. He’s seductive and cruel, dashing and depraved, funny and exasperating and courageous to the end. Larry’s lecture will also include excerpts featuring the great Cesare Siepi.
Wed June 14 from 6:30 – 7:30pm SFPL West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
http://tinyurl.com/StanfordGreatOperaCourse
Great Opera Performances – What does it take to make an unforgettable opera performance? A combination of superb singers, a dynamic conductor, plus a thought-provoking, intelligent production accomplishes this feat. Since 1944, Speight Jenkins has attended well over a thousand opera performances, and only a few have had all of these vital ingredients. Through live recordings and photographs, along with Jenkins’ recollections, these rare, special performances will be the subject of this course. Performances will include Boris Godunov with Ezio Pinza, Wieland Wagner’s Bayreuth Parsifal, Tristan und Isolde with Birgit Nilsson, Otello with Placido Domingo, I Puritani with Lawrence Brownlee, Stephen Wadsworth’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, and more. $240; Registration now open!  Mon June 26 – July 31 (no class July 3) from 7 – 8:50pm Stanford University Campus

SF OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
https://sfopera.com/labohemeworkshop
Exploration Workshop: All About La Boheme – Step into 19th-century Paris and meet the bohemians from Puccini’s celebrated opera! Experience the drama and romance of the main characters’ unconventional, artistic lifestyles through song, movement and storytelling during this interactive workshop for families with children ages 7 and older. Tickets are $10 per person (scholarships available). Both adults and children must have a ticket to attend. Sun July 2 from 11am – 12noon or 12:30 – 1:30pm
Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

ENJOY!

Broadcasts – May 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your May broadcast opera-tunities:

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15771717.php
Cyrano de Bergerac (Alfano) – This classic love story comes alive in this rediscovered operatic gem that packs the power of full-blooded Italian verismo. The title role is a signature part for the charismatic star tenor Roberto Alagna, performing it with the Met for the first time opposite Jennifer Rowley as his secret love, Roxanne. With Atalla Ayan as Christian and Juan Jesús Rodríguez as de Guiche. Marco Armiliato conducts.  Sat May 6 at 10am

Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. With Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Markus Brück as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Sebastian Weigle conducts.
Sat May 13 at 10am

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764296.php
Don Pasquale (Donizetti) – Sparkling with virtuosic singing and playful humor, this boisterous comedy pits the miserly Don Pasquale against his nephew Ernesto and Ernesto’s sweetheart, the crafty young Norina. Starring Maurizio Muraro (Don Pasquale), Heidi Stober (Norina), Lawrence Brownlee (Ernesto), Lucas Meachem (Adler 2005, Dr. Malatesta), Bojan Knezevic (Adler 1995, A Notary); conducted by Giuseppe Finzi.
Sun May 7 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Michael Grandage’s production that also includes Hibla Gerzmava as Donna Anna, Malin Byström as Donna Elvira, Adam Plachetka as Leporello, Serena Malfi as Zerlina, Matthew Rose as Masetto, Paul Appleby as Don Ottavio, and Kwangchul Youn as the Commendatore. Fabio Luisi conducts.
Sun May 7 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Rusalka (Dvorak) – In this rebroadcast of the 2014 Otto Schenk production, Renee Fleming sings the title role of a water nymph who longs to be human opposite Piotr Beczala as the Prince, the object of her affection. John Relyea (Adler 1997) is the Water Gnome, Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) sings the witch Jezibaba, and Emily Magee is the Foreign Princess; Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
Sun May 7 at 9pm and Mon May 8 at 3am – KQED Life

L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) – Robert Lepage‘s dazzling new production features glimmering ribbons of LED lights that extend across the length of the stage and over the orchestra pit. Finnish conductor Susanna Mälkki makes her Met debut leading the cast of Eric Owens as Jaufré, the knight on a quest of love, Susanna Phillips as Clémence, his lover on the other side of the sea, and Tamara Mumford as the Pilgrim who carries the messages between them.  Sun May 14 at 12noon – KQED Plus

Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.  Sun May 21 at 12noon – KQED Plus

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
http://sfopera.com/familymovies
Carmen for Families – This beloved opera tells the passionate tale of the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the spirited bullfighter who comes between them. Recommended for ages 10 and up. *FREE*
Wed May 10 at 6pm SF Public Library North Beach Branch 850 Columbus Ave., SF

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss) – The dream cast of Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as Octavian star in Strauss’s grandest opera. In his new production, Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the opera’s subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt and red damask.  With Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Markus Brück as Faninal, and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer. Sebastian Weigle conducts.
Sat May 13 at 9:30am (live) and Wed May 17 at 6:30pm (encore)

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com
Moby-Dick (Heggie) – Jay Hunter Morris plays the role of Captain Ahab in SF Opera’s thrilling 2012 operatic adaption of Herman Meville’s epic tale of the obsessive whaling boat captain who descends into madness and puts his crew in mortal danger. With Stephen Costello (Greenhorn), Morgan Smith (Starbuck), Jonathan Lemalu (Queequeg), Talise Trevigne (Pip), and Robert Orth (Stubb). Directed by Leonard Foglia and conducted by Patrick Summers (Merola 1986-87).
Sat May 13, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml
Macbeth (Verdi) – The general of the victorious Scottish armies hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death. Christof Loy‘s 2016 production for Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu features Ludovic Tezier as Macbeth, Vitalij Kowaljow as Banquo, Martina Serafin as Lady Macbeth, and Saimir Pirgu as Macduff. Conducted by Giampaolo Bisanti.
Sun May 14 at 12noon and Tues May 16 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment 288 S. Second St., San Jose

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764589.php
The Berlioz Requiem – One of the most extraordinary works ever written performed by over 300 musicians including tenor Paul Groves and the SFS Chorus directed by Ragnar Bohlin; Charles Dutoit conducting.  Tues May 16 at 8pm

JARVIS CONSERVATORY – OPERA FILMS
http://jarvisconservatory.com/operadancefilms2017
Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) – Robert Carsen’s 2016 production for Paris’ Opera Bastille stars Ramon Vargas in the title role of the poet Hoffmann, with Roberto Tagliavini as the Four Villains, Stephanie d’Oustrac as the muse Nicklausse, Sabine Devieilhe as Olympia, Kate Aldrich as Giulietta, and Ermonela Jaho as AntoniaConducted by Philippe Jordan.
Sat May 20 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa

ALL’OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.all-opera.com/us
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s 2016 production directed by Pierre Audi with Andreas Schager as Tristan, Rachel Nicholls as Isolde, John Relyea (Adler 1997) as King Marke, Michelle Breedt as Brangäne, and Brett Polegato as Kurwenal. Conducted by Daniele Gatti.
Wed May 31 at 7pm
Opera Plaza Cinema 601 Van Ness Ave., SF
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto

ENJOY!

Classes, Workshops, & Lectures – May 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for this month:

CAL PERFORMANCES
https://secure.calperformances.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=12187
Resurrecting Rameau Opera for the Contemporary Stage – Roundtable discussion moderated by musicologist Victor Gavenda with Nicholas McGegan (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), Benoît Dratwicki (Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Julien Dubruque (Rameau scholar), and Catherine Turocy (NY Baroque Dance Co.) FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended. 
Sat Apr 29 at from 2 – 3:30pm Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music
Afternoon at the Opera – Join instructors Shari Deghi and Deborah Rosengaus in this series of classes studying the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmission of Der Rosenkavalier and more. You’ll enjoy spell-binding stories, become absorbed in passionate music, be mesmerized by sensuous performers and have lots of fun. Novices welcome!  $15/class; guest pass for May 22 is $30
Mon May 1, 15, and 22 from 2:30 – 4:30pm
San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://www.sfopera.com/ariafestival
ARIA Festival: Youth Voices for Change – *FREE* Community Open House event at the new Wilsey Center for Opera presented in partnership with the nine-day SF Unified School District Arts Festival and features performances of original works created by students along with interactive workshops, hands-on crafts, and film presentations.
Sat May 6, events throughout the day from 9:30 am – 5:15pm
Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. SF

OPERA SANTA BARBARA MASTERCLASS SERIES
http://www.operasb.org/2017/01/free-masterclass-series
Brent McMunn, Conductor and Music Director at the USC Thornton School of Music and Assistant Professor of Vocal Arts, will work with members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program. *FREE*
Sat May 6 from 1 – 3:30pm Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://tinyurl.com/DonGiovanniPreviews
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Don Giovanni with Dr. Bruce Lamott, Director of the Philharmonia Chorale

SF CHAPTER: Tues May 30 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed May 31 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed May 31 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

MARIN CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

PENINSULA CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 10am; $10
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION
http://www.operasj.org/tickets/opera-history-course
Opera History Course – With OSJ General Director Larry Hancock as the instructor, this popular 6-week course covers 400 years of opera development including the development and changes in the choice of opera subjects, the use of poetry and dialogue in the libretto, styles of musical composition, evolution of the opera orchestra, and changes in performance practice period by period. Each quick-paced session will be enhanced with visuals from other art forms, including fashion, architecture, painting, and sculpture, bringing a more complete knowledge of the society that influenced its composers. $100; call the box office at (408) 437-4450 to register.
Wed nights May 31 – July 6 from 7 – 9pm Opera San Jose HQ, 2149 Paragon Dr., SJ

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/DGdrinksdrama
Drinks & Drama: A Taste of Don Giovanni – Dive into Mozart’s iconic opera and savor a flight of six cocktails, each created by an expert mixologist and paired with a main character from the opera. Opera buffs from the SF Opera Archives will present recordings, film and photos from past SFO productions to introduce you to the characters and a special live performance by former Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams is included!  $35; Must be age 21 or over
Sat June 3 at 2:30pm The Sea Star 2289 3rd St., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – UC BERKELEY
http://olli.berkeley.edu/programs/courses/summer-operas
Summer Operas – Musicologist and popular opera and symphony lecturer Dr. Alexandra Amati-Camperi leads this four-week course exploring the three operas of SF Opera’s summer 2017 season: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Puccini’s La Bohème. For each opera you will talk about the musical and dramatic features, contextualize the composition and creation of the works, and analyze how the combination of music and text delivers the content while also discussing the social commentary themes present in each. $110; Registration now open; Classes begin Wed June 7 – 28 from 10am – 12noon
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

ENJOY!

Lectures, Workshops, & Classes – April 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Spring! Here are the educational opera-tunities gathered for you this month:

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2463
More Tales from the Pit – What would Tristan und Isolde be without the haunting English horn solo? WSNC’s April guest, Janet Popesco Archibald, holds the solo English horn position in the SF Opera orchestra and this talk with her promises some music making so expect an exciting afternoon!  Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers.
Sat Apr 1 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Preview: La Boheme (Puccini) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Apr 4 at 12noon Beethoven Ctr, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES

Increase your understanding of opera and your enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of La Boheme by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Apr 4 at 7:30pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Mon Apr 10 at 7:00pm Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. 4th St., SJ
Wed Apr 12 at 7:30pm Sheppard Mullin law firm, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by email to patmillermusic1@gmail.com. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Brad at OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com. No reservations are needed for just the lecture in Palo Alto or San Jose.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOP
http://www.sfopera.com/alltogethernow
All Together Now – Sing with the SF Opera Chorus during this interactive workshop for adults. Chorus Director Ian Robertson will demonstrate how many different voices–including yours!–can unite to create one dramatic force. Sit in on a rehearsal of La Traviata and talk to chorus members about their essential role in an opera performance.  No prior experience necessary to participate! $35; Register now at the link above or call the box office at (415) 864-3330 to reserve your spot.
Tues Apr 4 from 7 – 9pm Wilsey Center for Opera – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – ADULT EXTENSION DIVISION
http://sfcm.edu/degrees-programs/adult-extension/classes-ensembles
Mozart and His Women: The Magic of Mozart’s Operas Through the Eyes of His Fascinating Females – Join SF Opera’s dramaturg Kip Cranna on a musical tour of Mozart’s operatic genius with a focus on the vivid female characters who represent the heart and soul of his art. In exploring the historical and literary contexts of the operas, video and audio examples will help you more deeply appreciate Mozart’s gift for capturing the full spectrum of human nature in his music, his skill at musical characterizations, and his matchless talent for drama. $250
Class I – Learn about the composers and styles that influenced the young prodigy, and explore his operas Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito.
Class II – An exploration of his comic gem The Abduction from the Seraglio and his crowning glory, The Marriage of Figaro.
Class III – The delightful comedy Così fan tutte and the famous drama Don Giovanni.
Class IV – His final masterpiece, The Magic Flute.
Wed nights Apr 5 – 26 from 7 – 8:30pm Room 201, SF Conservatory of Music 50 Oak St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
Exploration Workshop – Workshops for families and the community centered around The Barber of Seville and Cinderella Opera in and Hour Family Movie Festival. Explore the wonderful world of opera, singing, movement and stories with SF Opera Teaching Artists. Come for the workshops and stick around for the free movie screenings.
Workshops are $10; Movie screenings are FREE
Sat Apr 8 at 10am and 1:30pm Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
First Act: Up in the Mountains – Don’t miss the American premiere of this interactive performance from Norway, which combines words, song, gesture and visual media to tell a story inspired by fairy tales.  Here, adults and children are free to let their imaginations run wild in their interpretation of the story being told. $20/adult; $10/child.
Wed Apr 19 – Sun Apr 23 Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Antonin Dvorák: Music from the People – This 19th-century composer brought the world symphonies, symphonic poems, operas, chamber music, and ensembles for strings; all of which had roots in Czech folk music.  Instructor John Kendall Bailey will chart the composer’s career and play selections of his diverse body of work to illustrate his remarkable talent.
FREE for OLLI & center members/residents; $5 for non-members/non-residents.
Sat Apr 8 from 10:30am – 12noon Stoneridge Creek Senior Residence 3300 Stoneridge Creek Way, Pleasanton
Sat Apr 15 from 1:30 – 3pm Baywood Court 21966 Dolores St., Castro Valley
Tues Apr 18 from 2 – 3:30pm  Lake Park Retirement Center 1850 Alice St., Oakland

The Exceptional Giuseppe Verdi – One of the most popular opera composers of all time, Verdi’s music is everywhere and recognizable even by people who have never seen one of his operas. Led by instructor John Kendall Bailey, this class will discuss such masterpieces as La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Otello, and Falstaff and even show you how Verdi’s music played a part in 19th century Italian unification.
FREE for OLLI & center members; $5 for non-members
Thurs Apr 20 from 1:30 – 3pm Mastick Senior Center 155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda

EdX.COM MOOC
https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-german-opera-dartmouthx-dart-mus-02x
Introduction to German Opera
– This FREE four-week online distance learning course offered through Dartmouth College and EdX will focus on giving you the skills and experiences to become a better student of opera. You’ll learn the history and conventions of German opera and develop close listening skills and musical analysis skills while connecting with opera lovers around the globe.  No previous knowledge of music or opera is necessary. This course is suited for beginners and advanced opera listeners alike!  Course begins April 11th.

OPERA SANTA BARBARA MASTERCLASS SERIES
https://www.operasb.org/2017/01/free-masterclass-series
Peter Kazaras, Director of Opera and Music Theatre at UCLA, will work with members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program. *FREE*
Sat Apr 15 from 1 – 3:30pm Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music
Afternoon at the Opera – This spring, join instructors Shari Deghi and Deborah Rosengaus in this five-week series of classes studying two operas from the current Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series, Eugene Onegin and Der Rosenkavalier, and more. You’ll enjoy spell-binding stories, become absorbed in passionate music, be mesmerized by sensuous performers and have lots of fun. Novices welcome! $75 for the series; $48 for four classes; $15 for each individual class (guest pass for May 22 is $30)
Mon Apr 17, 24; May 1, 15, and 22 from 2:30 – 4:30pm San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

CAL PERFORMANCES
Rameau Roundtable A lively consideration of the extraordinary original 1745 manuscript score and libretto for Rameau’s Le Temple de la Gloire, one of the great treasures in the collections of UC Berkeley’s Jean Gray Hargrove Music Library. With Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale music director Nicholas McGegan, library head John Shepard, and emeritus library head John Roberts. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended.   Tues Apr 18 at 6pm  125 Morrison Hall UC Berkeley

Resurrecting Rameau Opera for the Contemporary Stage – Round table discussion with Benoît Dratwicki (Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Julien Dubruque (Rameau scholar), Nicholas McGegan (PBO), and Catherine Turocy (NYBDC), moderated by musicologist Victor Gavenda. Free and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended. 
Sat Apr 29 at from 2 – 3:30pm Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

OPERA AT OAKHURST
http://www.eccoyosemite.org/uploads/8/6/6/8/86687430/opera_2017.pdf
Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – UCSB Professor Simon Williams‘ course will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of Gluck and Mozart.  Next is the Viennese operetta and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Arabella – all of which were inspired by and set in Vienna. Finally, the course will touch upon the work of Alban Berg and the Viennese Second School that revolutionized opera in the first 40 years of the 20th century.  Registration open now. Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above.  April 21 – 24,  Evergreen Conference Center  Oakhurst, CA

OPERA SAN JOSE OPERA HISTORY COURSE
https://www.operasj.org/tickets/opera-history-course/
OSJ General Director Larry Hancock‘s popular 6-week course covers 400 years of opera development including the development and changes in the choice of opera subjects, the use of poetry and dialogue in the libretto, styles of musical composition, evolution of the opera orchestra, and changes in performance practice period by period. Each quick-paced session will be enhanced with visuals from other art forms, including fashion, architecture, painting, and sculpture, bringing a more complete knowledge of the society that influenced its composers.  $100; Call the OSJ box office at (408) 437-4450 to register.
Wed nights May 31 – July 6 from 7 – 9pm Opera San Jose HQ, 2149 Paragon Dr., SJ

ENJOY!

Broadcasts – April 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Spring!  Here are your April broadcast opera-tunities:

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas
Idomeneo (Mozart) – A rare Met revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle‘s classic production of Mozart’s masterpiece set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. Matthew Polenzani stars as King Idomeneo with Alice Coote in the trouser role of his noble son Idamante, Nadine Sierra (Adler 2012) as Ilia, and Elza van den Heever (Merola 2003-04) as Elettra, who loves Idamante to the bounds of madness. James Levine conducts.
Wed Mar 29 at 6:30pm (encore)

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Deborah Warner‘s production of the opera adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel stars Anna Netrebko (Merola 1996) reprising one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, with Peter Mattei as Onegin, Alexey Dolgov as Lenski, Stefan Kocan as Gremin, and Elena Maximova as Olga. Robin Ticciati conducts.  Sat Apr 22 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Apr 26 at 6:30pm (encore)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764296.php
Andrea Chénier (Giordano) – An ardent poet and a young noblewoman are passionately attracted only to be separated by the turmoil and terror of the French Revolution.  With Yonghoon Lee (Andrea Chénier), Anna Pirozzi (Maddalena di Coigny), George Gagnidze (Carlo Gérard), J’Nai Bridges (Bersi), Joel Sorensen (L’Incredibile), Robert Pomakov (Mathieu), David Pershall (Merola 2008, Roucher), Jill Grove (Merola 1995, Madelon), Catherine Cook (Adler 1992, Contessa di Coigny); conducted by Nicola Luisotti.  Sun Apr 2 at 8pm on KDFC (also available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15771717.php
Fidelio (Beethoven) – Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. With Klaus Florian Vogt as Florestan, Greer Grimsley as Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann as Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts. Sat Apr 1 at 10am

Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Nina Stemme as Isolde, Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) as Tristan, Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts. Sat Apr 8 at 10am

Aida (Verdi) – Krassimira Stoyanova stars in the title role, the slave girl Aida, who is secretly a princess. Violeta Urmana is the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them. Daniele Rustioni conducts. Sat Apr 15 at 10am

Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky) – Radio broadcast of the Live in HD transmission described above. Sat Apr 22 at 10am

Der Fliegende Holländer (Wagner) – Michael Volle sings the title role of the ghostly sailor damned to wander the seas in search of the love that will set him free. The powerhouse cast also includes Amber Wagner as Senta, Jay Hunter Morris as Erik,  Dolora Zajick (Adler 1985) as Mary, Ben Bliss as the Steersman, and Franz-Josef Selig as Daland. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts. Sat Apr 29 at 10am

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE
Amadeus – Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, recorded live in 2017 by the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world, and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.
Sun Apr 2 at 11am and Tues Apr 4 at 7pm
Aquarius Theatre 430 Emerson St., Palo Alto
Del Mar Theatre 1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz

SF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
http://www.sffilm.org/festival/lineup/the-paris-opera
The Paris Opera – In this captivating documentary, Swiss director Jean-Stéphane Bron takes audiences inside one of the world’s great performing arts venues for one season, revealing the complex artistic collaborations at its heart. Covering two performance spaces—the Palais Garnier and its newer sibling, the Opéra Bastille—this film illuminates the backstage bustle of the Opéra National de Paris and the scores of artists, financiers, administrators, and patrons that make the whole endeavor possible.
Fri Apr 7 at 6pm Dolby Cinema 1275 Market St., SF
Sat Apr 8 at 1:30pm Roxie Theater 3117 16th St., SF
Sun Apr 9 at 1pm Pacific Film Archive 2155 Center St., Berkeley

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIE FESTIVAL
http://www.sfopera.com/familymoviefestival
You are invited to an exciting day of opera movies and workshops. We will be screening two classic Rossini operas: The Barber of Seville for Families and Cinderella for Families. Before each film, join us for an Exploration Workshop to delve into the wonderful world of opera, singing, movement and stories with SF Opera Teaching Artists. The films are open for all ages and are FREE; Workshops are recommended for families with children ages 7 or older and are $10 per person.  Sat Apr 8 from 10am – 4:15pm
Taube Atrium Theatre & Bryan Education Studio – Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

RISING ALTERNATIVE OPERA IN CINEMA
I Due Foscari (Verdi) – A despairing father is torn between love for his family and duty to a corrupt city in Verdi’s searing early tragedy. The Innocent. The guilty. The doomed. Venetian politics knows no difference. Teatro alla Scala’s 2016 production stars Placido Domingo as Francesco Foscari, Francesco Meli as Jacopo Foscari, Anna Pirozzi as Lucrezia, Andrea Concetti as Jacopo Loredano, Edoardo Milletti as Barbarigo and Chiara Isotton as Pisana. Directed by Alvis Hermanis and conducted by Michele Mariotti.
Sat Apr 8 at 7pm Jarvis Conservatory 1711 Main St., Napa
Sun Apr 9 at 12noon and Tues Apr 11 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com
Tannhäuser (Wagner) – In their iconic 1982 Met production, Otto Schenk and Günther Schneider-Siemssen magnificently invoked the world of Wagner’s opera, from the erotic lair of Venus to the world of medieval pageantry.  Richard Cassilly is the tortured Tannhäuser, torn between the sensual delights of Venus, sung by Tatiana Troyanos, and the pure love of Elisabeth, sung by  Eva Marton. James Levine conducts.
Sat Apr 8, potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo ignite the stage as the title couple in Bartlett Sher‘s lush new production. Rounding out the cast are Elliot Madore as Mercutio, Mikhail Petrenko as Frère Laurent, and Virginie Verrez as Stephano. Gianandrea Noseda conducts.
Fri Apr 14 at 9pm and Sat Apr 15 at 3am – KQED 9

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY OPERA SERIES
http://sfopera.com/familymovies
The Magic Flute for Families – The charming story of Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE*
Tues Apr 18 at 6:30pm Brentwood Public Library 35 Oak St., Brentwood
Cinderella for Families – Cinderella triumphs over her mean-spirited relatives in this sparkling version of the beloved fairy tale about a gentle but courageous servant girl who catches the eye of a handsome prince. *FREE*
Fri Apr 21 at 1pm San Leandro Public LIbrary 300 Estudillo Ave., San Leandro
Sat Apr 29 at 4pm Berkeley Public Library – Claremont Branch 2940 Benvenue Ave., Berkeley

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
http://rialtocinemas.com/index.php?location=elmwood&film=2016_madama
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) – Soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden. Marcelo Puente as Pinkerton, Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki, Scott Hendricks as Sharpless round out the cast of Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier‘s stunningly beautiful production. Antonio Pappano conducts.
Wed Apr 19 at 1pm and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley

ENJOY!