Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy New Year! Here are your educational opera-tunities to kick off the new year:

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
https://www.smuhsd.org/Page/5436
Afternoon at the Opera, La Prima Segueza – Discover the lyrical beauty, drama, and flights of romance and fantasy that have delighted opera lovers since the end of the sixteenth century! Join Shari Deghi and mezzo-soprano Deborah Rosengaus as you prepare for four LIVE broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera, explore a stunning Baroque opera, and delight in an overview of Broadway musical theater. Opera novices welcome! $105 for the series or $15 per class day pass
Monday afternoons, Jan 22 – Mar 5 (no class Feb 19) from 2:30 – 4:40
San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

STANFORD DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
https://music.stanford.edu/events/angela-brower-mezzo-soprano-voice-masterclass
Master Class with mezzo-soprano Angela Brower *FREE*
Mon Jan 22 from 4:30 – 6pm Campbell Recital Hall 541 Lasuen Mall, Stanford

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
http://tinyurl.com/StanfordVerdiSpeight2018
Verdi: Opera’s Greatest Melodist – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this course will discuss how Verdi developed his use of every voice type, always moving closer to his goal of a complete artwork. Over five weeks, you will explore Verdi’s operas from his first, Oberto, to his last, Falstaff, illustrating how even a genius can grow and still retain the popular touch. Tuition and more info at the link above. Monday evenings Jan 22 – Feb 26 from 7 – 8:50pm

FUTURE LEARN ONLINE COURSES
https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/inside-opera/2
Inside Opera: Why Does it Matter?  – This four-week online learning course offered in conjunction with King’s College London and the Royal Opera, takes you behind opera’s velvet curtain and answer the questions how does opera work? How has it changed? And is opera relevant today? Whether you are an opera newbie or veteran, this course will enrich your future experiences, helping you to develop a toolkit of operatic concepts to draw on long after you have finished the course. *FREE* ($44 for course upgrade option). Begins Jan 22  Check the link above to register your interest for possibile future date(s).

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
An Introduction to Wagner’s Ring Cycle – Join Ringleader Phyllis Neuman for this course intended for those who have never experienced a Ring Cycle, or who have felt too intimidated by its length and complexity to attend a performance. In addition to breaking down the leitmotifs so you can better understand the complexity of Wagner’s music, Phyllis will use visual and audio excerpts, photos, illustrations and other media to demonstrate the power of the Ring and the meaning of its music. $60 fee
Fri Jan 26, Feb 2 and 9 from 10:30am – 12:30pm Guadalupe Hall 150/151 Santa Clara Univ. 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Metropolitan Opera Season, Part 1 – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on three of the Met’s Live in HD operas. She will use CDs and DVDs to make vivid her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of the trio. This first part of the season begins with Tosca, followed by L’Elisir d’Amore, and La Boheme. Whether you are a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$36 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club members / $50 for non-members
Fri Jan 26; Feb 9 and 23 from 1 – 3pm Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd, Walnut Creek

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
https://sfcm.edu/events/mary-wilson-soprano
Master Class with soprano Mary Wilson  *FREE*
Fri Jan 26 at 7:30pm Sol Joseph Recital Hall, SFCM 50 Oak St., SF

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2549
The Wagner Society often invites artists as speakers in order to get “up close and personal” stories about the talented individuals who enrich our lives. In January, Kay Stern, concertmaster of the SF Opera orchesta, will talk about her life in music and her career with the orchestra. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers. Sat Jan 27 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
The Flying Dutchman (Wagner) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Jan 30 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Jan 30 from 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Wed Jan 31 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 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 to patmillermusic1@gmail.com. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. (No reservation is needed for just the lecture in Palo Alto.)

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMING ARTS CONNECTION
Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Applications are now being accepted for this special program taking place March 26 – 30, 2018 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Discover and explore new art forms, hone current skills, and inspire fresh creativity with diverse teen communities from all over the Bay Area. Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, and American Conservatory Theatre in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community.

ENJOY!