Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for March, along with a sneak peek at some April events:

Church and State: The Separation and Interplay Between Coach and Voice Teacher – SF Opera Center’s Director Sheri Greenawald and Director of Musical Studies Mark Morash (Merola 1987) are joined by SFO Adler Fellows and will illuminate the differences between vocal technique and musical coaching, and how they complement each other.

Admission is free with advance registration. Seating is not reserved and on a first-come basis. Reservations that do not follow requirements will not be processed: Please send your first and last names and that you read about the event here on OperaBobb to: You may bring one (1) guest. You must submit their name (first and last) plus their email. Each guest will receive a confirmation email. Please do not reserve unless you are 100% certain you and your guest can attend. Reservations accepted until 5pm on Tues, Feb 28 or on a space-available basis until capacity is reached. Wed Mar 1 from 7 – 8:30pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Afternoon at the Opera – Instructor Shari Deghi‘s helpful and informative classes guide you through the Met Live in HD transmissions of La Traviata and Idomeneo. You’ll hear spell-binding stories, become absorbed in passionate music, be mesmerized by sensuous performers and have lots of fun! Novices welcome.
Course fee $15 per single session. More info at the link above.
Mon Mar 6 and 20 from 2:30 – 4:30 pm San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

SF Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock will be the Wagner Society’s March guest where he will talk about his work, Wagner, and what we are to expect with the 2018 SFO Ring. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers
Sat Mar 18 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

Warren Jones, Faculty Member of the Manhattan School of Music, Music Academy of the West and Artist in Residence at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, will work with members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program. *FREE*
Sat Mar 18 from 1 – 3:30pm Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

Preview: La Boheme (Puccini) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Mar 28 at 12noon Beethoven Ctr, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ

All Together Now: Sing with the San Francisco Opera Chorus – In this interactive workshop, the SFO Chorus and Chorus Director Ian Robertson will demonstrate how many different voices can unite as one dramatic force. We will sit in on a rehearsal of the upcoming summer season repertoire and talk to Chorus members about their essential role in opera performances. Plus everyone will learn how a chorus operates firsthand when we sing all together under the baton of Maestro Robertson! $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

Introduction to German Opera – Become a better student of opera with this four-week online distance learning course offered through Dartmouth College and EdX. The first week will give you a toolbox of skills to listen for specific moments and gestures in opera. The remaining weeks will focus on applying these skills to listening activities with your favorite German opera composers. At the end of the course, we will help you to carry these experiences beyond the course, encouraging you to become lifelong listeners and lovers of opera. No previous knowledge of music or opera is necessary.
*FREE* (Certificate available for $49) Enrollment going on now. Course begins April 11th.

Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – Using formal lectures and seminars led by UCSB Professor Simon Williams, this course will take you on an operatic journey of Vienna. It will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of both Gluck and Mozart, which brought Vienna to the forefront as an international centre of opera. Next is the Viennese operetta, one of the most attractive of all forms of light opera, and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard StraussDer 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