Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities we’ve gathered for you this month:
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Great Voices: The Art of Singing – We all have voice boxes, so why can’t we all sing like Caruso or Callas? How do opera stars develop those soaring, achingly beautiful voices? How can they sing for hours without a microphone while still being heard over a sixty-piece orchestra? In this four-week course, instructor Diane Mauch will use CDs and DVDs to provide examples that illustrate what opera singers bring to their art and how they train to produce it. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the balance of natural talent, instruction, and practice that create such vocal miracle workers.
$48 for OLLI and Rossmoor Opera Club members; $66 for nonmembers
Friday afternoons July 28; Aug 11, 18, 25 from 1 – 3pm
Fireside Room Gateway Complex 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek
OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former President and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay). 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!
Das Rheingold (Wagner) – Sat Aug 19 at 2pm
SF Public Library, Presidio Branch 3150 Sacramento St., SF
La Traviata (Verdi) – Wed Aug 30 at 6:30pm
SF Public Library, West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
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.
Turandot lectures by Jonathan Khuner, SF Opera assistant conductor and prompter
MARIN CHAPTER: Mon Aug 28 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
SF CHAPTER: Tues Aug 29 at 12noon *FREE*
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch, 100 Larkin St., SF
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Aug 30 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos
EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Aug 30 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
SF Opera Season Preview Course (MUS 27B, Musical Awareness) – Join instructor Pamela Kamatani, PhD, for a lively course on the history of opera and an introduction to all of the operas in the SF Opera 2017-18 season. Registration now open; for more information, call (415) 415-239-3641.
Mon Aug 28 – Dec 18 from 6 – 9:10pm Arts Building, Room A214, CCSF 50 Phelan Ave., SF
OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Aug 29 at 12noon California Theatre – Third floor rehearsal hall, 345 S. First St., SJ
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//CourseCatalogs/Fall 2017 Course Catalog.pdf
Wagner Without Fear: Adventures with the Great Genius of German Opera – Led by SF Opera dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna, this eight-week course will take a close look at Wagner’s world and discover what lies behind the music as you watch him grow in power and influence. You’ll also take a glimpse at the people, events, and controversies that made his life and art so fascinating. Video examples will be used to examine in detail his majestic and mythic music dramas. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy! Enrollment going on now through Sept 8. Fees, location, and registration info are in the link above. Thurs Sept 14 – Nov 2 from 10 – 11:40am