Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your late October and November educational opera-tunities:

SF OPERA GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST SYMPOSIUM
https://sfopera.com/ggwsymposium
Delve deep into the world of John AdamsGirls of the Golden West with this four-session multidisciplinary symposium featuring panel discussions, lectures and music of the Gold Rush. $45
Sat Oct 28 from 9am – 4pm Taube Atrium Theater Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA
http://tinyurl.com/CommonwealthGGW
John Adams, Peter Sellars, and Girls of the Golden West – Director Peter Sellars and SF Opera general director Matthew Shilvock will discuss this world premiere production and its mix of wildness, optimism, greed, violence, humor and racial prejudices in the stories of three Gold Rush women whose lives intersected in a small mining community in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1850.
FREE for members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Mon Oct 30 from 12noon – 1:15pm Commonwealth Club 110 The Embarcadero, SF

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
La Rondine (Puccini) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Tues Oct 31 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ

SF OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
http://sfopera.com/insights
Get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process with our cast and creative team. 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.
Manon – Wed Nov 1 at 6:30pm Taube Atrium Theater, Wilsey Center for Opera, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF
Girls of the Golden West – Thurs Nov 9 at 6:30pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

SF OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
https://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 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.
Manon with Timothy Flynn, Chair of Performing Arts at Olivet College
Girls of the Golden West with Dr. Kip Cranna, SFO dramaturg

MARIN CHAPTER
Manon – Mon Nov 6
Girls of the Golden West – Mon Nov 13
7:30pm; $10 fee; The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER
Manon – Tues Nov 7
Girls of the Golden West – Tues Nov 14
12noon *FREE* Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

PENINSULA CHAPTER
Manon – Tues Nov 7
Girls of the Golden West – Tues Nov 14
7:30pm; $10 fee; First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
Manon – Wed Nov 8
Girls of the Golden West – Wed Nov 15
10am; FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Suite 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER
Manon – Wed Nov 8
Girls of the Golden West – Wed Nov 15
8pm; $10 fee; Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
https://www.facebook.com/pg/OperaforthePeople/events
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!
The Valkyrie (Wagner) Sat Nov 4, 2 – 3:30pm SFPL Presidio Branch 3150 Sacramento St., SF
La Belle Hélène (Offenbach) Sat Nov 11, 7:30 – 8:30pm Congregation B’nai Emunah 3595 Taraval St., SF

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Puccini’s La Rondine all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Mon Nov 6 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. For more information, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.

HOLY NAMES UNIVERSITY – APPSI SPEAKER SERIES
http://tinyurl.com/HNUGGWlecture
Girls of the Golden West: Inspiring a New Multicultural Opera – SFO dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna opens by sharing his expert insights on this world premiere opera as well as earlier works by John Adams. Next, Dr. Curt Pajer and other guests from the SF Conservatory of Music will perform musical excerpts from Girls of the Golden West and a Q&A session and catered reception wrap up the evening.
Tues Nov 7 from 5:45 – 7:45pm Valley Center for the Performing Arts 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland

EdX.COM
https://www.edx.org/course/first-nights-monteverdis-lorfeo-birth-harvardx-mus24-1x-0
Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and the Birth of Opera – Learn about one of the first operas ever composed in this online distance learning MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) offered through edX and Harvard University. You will learn the basics of operatic form and analysis, the genres and styles used, and the circumstances of this opera’s first performance and subsequent history. No prior musical experience needed.  *FREE* (certificate available for $49) Course begins Tues Nov 7

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2497
Wagner and the “Eternal Feminine”– Led by Dr. Thomas Grey, Professor of Musicology, this talk will focus on interpreting Wagner’s views on Goethe’s Faust with regard to his own notions of “redemption through love” in connection with the endings of Tristan und Isolde and Götterdämmerung.
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members.  Sat Nov 18 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

SF PUBLIC LIBRARY
https://sfpl.org/index.php?pg=1024432901
Join the “On the Same Page” Book Club for a free, public discussion and performance presented by the SF Opera about Dame Shirley’s book, The Shirley Letters, the inspiration for the opera Girls of the Golden West. The discussion will feature cast members of the opera along with scholars and videos of the opera performance, moderated by SFO dramaturg Kip Cranna.
Tues Nov 28 from 6 – 8pm Koret Auditorium SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

 

ENJOY!