Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:
SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
Afternoon at the Opera – Eight-week course in opera appreciation. This fall features Shari Deghi guiding you through the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts of Norma and Die Zauberflöte, mezzo-soprano Deborah Rosengaus discussing the history of musical theatre and Puccini’s La Rondine, a class on Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, and more! $100 for the series or $15 per individual session
Mon Oct 2 – Nov 6, 2:30 – 4:30pm San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
Metropolitan Opera Season – Rossmoor Opera Club president and instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the first three Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts: Norma, Die Zauberflöte, and The Exterminating Angel. She’ll use CDs and DVDs in her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. 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 membersl $50 for nonmembers.
Friday afternoons Oct 6 & 20, Nov 10 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC – MASTER CLASSES
Jake Heggie *FREE, no tickets or RSVP required* Wed Oct 4 at 7:30pm
Martin Katz *FREE, please RSVP* Fri Oct 27 at 7:30pm
Sol Joseph Recital Hall SFCM 50 Oak St., SF
FUTURE LEARN ONLINE COURSES
Inside Opera – 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 Oct 9. Check the link above to register your interest for possibile future date(s).
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Music in the Waters – Join USF Fromm Institute professor and modern European history specialist David Clay Large on this talk about the composers and conductors at the grand spas of central Europe. Focusing on Beethoven, Liszt, Wagner, Berlioz, Brahms, and Mahler, the talk will examine the role that these musicians played in the life of the spas and the meaning that the spa experience had in their artistic work while exploring a new corner of the old inquiry into the relationship between place and creative production. Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members.
Sat Oct 14 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA OVERTURE WORKSHOPS FOR ADULTS
The Director’s Vision – Who brings all the elements together into one cohesive performance? The director! In this session with SFO stage director Jose Maria Condemi (Adler 2002), we’ll learn about how directors work with the conductor, the performers and the production team. You’ll also take part in some theatrical exercises related to characterization. $35
Mon Oct 23 at 7pm Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 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 Oct 23, 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
If you would like to attend and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.
SF OPERA GIRLS OF THE GOLDEN WEST SYMPOSIUM
Delve deep into the world of John Adams’ Girls 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
SF OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
First Act: The Magic Flute Adventure – Join us as we journey through Mozart’s The Magic Flute and meet new characters, learn music and play games along the way! Led by SFO Teaching Artists, we’ll explore the story of this timeless opera through music, rhythm, visual arts and movement. $10/person.
Sun Oct 29 at 10am and 11am *BOTH SESSIONS SOLD OUT – WAIT LIST AVAILABLE*
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
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 Magic Flute (Mozart) – Sun Oct 29 from 3 – 4pm
SFPL Noe Valley Branch 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)
COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA
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
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 PANEL
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 – Sun Nov 1 at 6:30pm Taube Atrium Theater, Wilsey Center for Opera, 401 Van Ness Ave, SF
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. In this course, 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)
Enrollment open now; Course begins Tues Nov 7