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

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/metropolitan-opera-season
Metropolitan Opera Season – Rossmoor Opera Club president Diane Mauch leads this course on the first five Met Opera Live in HD transmissions – Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, L’Amour de Loin, Nabucco, and Romeo et Juliette. Whether you are a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of its irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$60 for OLLI & ROC members; $84 for nonmembers.
Friday afternoons, 1 – 3pm Sept 30; Oct 7, 21 & 28; Nov 11 (no class Oct 14 or Nov 4)
Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA EXPLORATION WORKSHOP
http://sfopera.com/pasqualeworkshop
All About Don Pasquale – In this workshop, participants will explore the music, characters and story of Donizetti’s boisterously comic opera through theater and music activities. Director Laurent Pelly’s topsy-turvy production with rotating set and inventive 20th-century costumes perfectly capture the farcical fun. The whole family is sure to enjoy the twists and turns of this romantic comedy. $10 fee
Sun Oct 2; 11am – 12pm or 12:30 – 1:30pm
Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://sfopera.com/previews
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These lectures explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges.
The Makropulos Case with Dr. Richard Taruskin
Women in Peril, the plights of the women of Aida, Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto and La Bohème, with Dr. Alexandra Amati-Camperi

MARIN CHAPTER
The Makropulos Case: Mon Oct 3
Women in Peril: Mon Oct 24
7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture; $10 fee
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER
The Makropulos Case: Tues Oct 4
Women in Peril: Tues Oct 25
12noon *FREE* Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
The Makropulos Case: Wed Oct 5
Women in Peril: Wed Oct 26
10am; FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for general public
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste. 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER
The Makropulos Case: Wed Oct 5
Women in Peril: Wed Oct 26
7:30pm check-in and coffee, 8pm lecture; $10 fee
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

http://calendar.sfcm.edu/index.php?eID=1902
Alumni Artist Insights with tenor Brian Thorsett (Merola 2006), SF Opera orchestra cellist Emil Miland and pianist Richard Masters.
Tues Oct 11, 8 – 10pm Sol Joseph Recital Hall SFCM 50 Oak St., SF

OPERA SANTA BARBARA / SBCC LIFELONG LEARNING
http://operasb.org/news/?p=2244
Opera in Performance – Ten classes centered around the three operas in OSB’s 2016-17 season – Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen, and La Rondine – and the Met Opera Live in HD transmissions of Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, and Der Rosenkavalier. Led by UCSB professor Simon Williams, students will explore each opera’s background and context and take their experience to a whole new level of appreciation and understanding. Register now. Classes start Mon Oct 17. Click on the link above for more information.

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA INSIGHT PANEL

http://sfopera.com/insights
Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process as singers, directors, conductors and composers share insights about the challenges and rewards of bringing these operas to life. FREE for SFO members, subscribers, and students w/ valid ID; $5 for general public.
Aida (Verdi) – Wed Oct 26 at 6:30pm Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2405
Parsifal – Since its introduction to opera houses beyond Bayreuth, many have shared their insights about what the spiritual and religious meanings are regarding Wagner’s final work. In this talk, Dr. John Mastrogiovanni, theology educator and president of the Wagner Society of Southern California, utilizes Wagner’s own concepts from his letters and prose works to help define the meaning of this amazing “Sacred Stage Drama”.
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members
Sat Oct 29 at 10:30am *note early start time* JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

ENJOY!