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

CAL PERFORMANCES
https://secure.calperformances.org/auxiliary/Reserve.aspx?p=12187
Resurrecting Rameau Opera for the Contemporary Stage – Roundtable discussion moderated by musicologist Victor Gavenda with Nicholas McGegan (Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra), Benoît Dratwicki (Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles), Julien Dubruque (Rameau scholar), and Catherine Turocy (NY Baroque Dance Co.) FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration recommended. 
Sat Apr 29 at from 2 – 3:30pm Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music
Afternoon at the Opera – Join instructors Shari Deghi and Deborah Rosengaus in this series of classes studying the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD transmission of Der Rosenkavalier and more. You’ll enjoy spell-binding stories, become absorbed in passionate music, be mesmerized by sensuous performers and have lots of fun. Novices welcome!  $15/class; guest pass for May 22 is $30
Mon May 1, 15, and 22 from 2:30 – 4:30pm
San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://www.sfopera.com/ariafestival
ARIA Festival: Youth Voices for Change – *FREE* Community Open House event at the new Wilsey Center for Opera presented in partnership with the nine-day SF Unified School District Arts Festival and features performances of original works created by students along with interactive workshops, hands-on crafts, and film presentations.
Sat May 6, events throughout the day from 9:30 am – 5:15pm
Wilsey Center for Opera 4th Floor, Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. SF

OPERA SANTA BARBARA MASTERCLASS SERIES
http://www.operasb.org/2017/01/free-masterclass-series
Brent McMunn, Conductor and Music Director at the USC Thornton School of Music and Assistant Professor of Vocal Arts, will work with members of the Mosher Studio Artist Program. *FREE*
Sat May 6 from 1 – 3:30pm Alhecama Theatre, 914 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://tinyurl.com/DonGiovanniPreviews
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.
Don Giovanni with Dr. Bruce Lamott, Director of the Philharmonia Chorale

SF CHAPTER: Tues May 30 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed May 31 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed May 31 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

MARIN CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

PENINSULA CHAPTER: Thurs June 1 at 10am; $10
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION
http://www.operasj.org/tickets/opera-history-course
Opera History Course – With OSJ General Director Larry Hancock as the instructor, this popular 6-week course covers 400 years of opera development including the development and changes in the choice of opera subjects, the use of poetry and dialogue in the libretto, styles of musical composition, evolution of the opera orchestra, and changes in performance practice period by period. Each quick-paced session will be enhanced with visuals from other art forms, including fashion, architecture, painting, and sculpture, bringing a more complete knowledge of the society that influenced its composers. $100; call the box office at (408) 437-4450 to register.
Wed nights May 31 – July 6 from 7 – 9pm Opera San Jose HQ, 2149 Paragon Dr., SJ

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/DGdrinksdrama
Drinks & Drama: A Taste of Don Giovanni – Dive into Mozart’s iconic opera and savor a flight of six cocktails, each created by an expert mixologist and paired with a main character from the opera. Opera buffs from the SF Opera Archives will present recordings, film and photos from past SFO productions to introduce you to the characters and a special live performance by former Adler Fellow Hadleigh Adams is included!  $35; Must be age 21 or over
Sat June 3 at 2:30pm The Sea Star 2289 3rd St., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – UC BERKELEY
http://olli.berkeley.edu/programs/courses/summer-operas
Summer Operas – Musicologist and popular opera and symphony lecturer Dr. Alexandra Amati-Camperi leads this four-week course exploring the three operas of SF Opera’s summer 2017 season: Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Puccini’s La Bohème. For each opera you will talk about the musical and dramatic features, contextualize the composition and creation of the works, and analyze how the combination of music and text delivers the content while also discussing the social commentary themes present in each. $110; Registration now open; Classes begin Wed June 7 – 28 from 10am – 12noon
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

ENJOY!