Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities we’ve gathered for you this month:
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!
La Traviata (Verdi) – Wed Aug 30 at 6:30pm
SF Public Library, West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD – SONOMA COUNTY CHAPTER
2017-18 season preview lecture with SFO Dramaturg Kip Cranna.
$10 for members; $15 for non-members RSVP to Neva Turer, 707-539-1220
Thurs Aug 31 at 7pm Scottish Rite Center 600 Acacia Ln, Santa Rosa
OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Thurs Aug 31, 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Thurs Sept 7, 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please email email@example.com. (No reservation is needed for the Palo Alto lecture.) For more information, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.
SF OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
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.
Elektra (R. Strauss) with Derek Katz, UCSB Associate Professor of Music History
SF CHAPTER: Tues Sept 5 at 12noon *FREE*
Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF
PENINSULA CHAPTER: Tues Sept 5 at 7:30pm; $10
Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper St., Palo Alto
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Sept 6 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members; $10 others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos
EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Sept 6 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
MARIN CHAPTER: Thurs Sept 7 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
SF OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
Get a rare glimpse into the creative process with our cast and production team. Singers, directors, conductors and composers share insights about bringing these operas to life. Free for SFO members, subscribers, and students with ID, $5 for the general public; tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to discussion or online at the link above.
Elektra (R. Strauss) – Thurs Sept 7 at 6:30pm
Taube Atrium Theater, War Memorial Performing Arts Center 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//CourseCatalogs/Fall 2017 Course Catalog.pdf
Wagner Without Fear: Adventures with the Great Genius of German Opera – Led by SF Opera dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna, this eight-week course will take a close look at Wagner’s world and discover what lies behind the music as you watch him grow in power and influence. You’ll also take a glimpse at the people, events, and controversies that made his life and art so fascinating. Video examples will be used to examine in detail his majestic and mythic music dramas. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy! Enrollment going on now through Sept 8. Fees, location, and registration info are in the link above. Thurs Sept 14 – Nov 2 from 10 – 11:40am
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
All About Turandot – Delve into the opera Turandot through music, story and movement during these interactive workshops for families. Learn about the original Persian fairy tale and traditional art that inspired Puccini to set his opera in China. Explore why artist David Hockney chose to design a production rooted in fantasy rather than cultural reality. For families age 7 and up; $10/person
Sun Sept 24 from 11am – 12pm or 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Samsung Hall – Asian Art Museum 200 Larkin St., SF