Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities we’ve gathered for you this month:

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
http://sfopera.com/previews
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.
Andrea Chenier with SFO dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna
Dream of the Red Chamber with librettist David Henry Hwang and Ken Smith
Don Pasquale with mezzo-soprano and lecturer Deborah Rosengaus

SF CHAPTER
Andrea Chenier – Tues Aug 30
Dream of the Red Chamber –  Tues Sept 6
Don Pasquale – Tues Sept 20
12noon *FREE* Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

PENINSULA CHAPTER
Andrea Chenier – Tues Aug 30
Dream of the Red Chamber – Tues Sept 6
(No Don Pasquale preview offered by this chapter)
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
Andrea Chenier – Wed Aug 31
Dream of the Red Chamber – Wed Sept 7
Don Pasquale – Wed Sept 21
10am; FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER
Andrea Chenier – Wed Aug 31
Dream of the Red Chamber – Wed Sept 7
Don Pasquale – Thurs Sept 22
$10 fee, 7:30 pm check-in and coffee, 8:00 pm lecture
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

MARIN CHAPTER
Andrea Chenier – Mon Aug 29
Dream of the Red Chamber – Thurs Sept 8
Don Pasquale – Mon Sept 19
$10 fee, 7pm complimentary refreshments, 7:30pm lecture
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
http://www.sfopera.com/insights
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.
Andrea Chenier – Mon Aug 29
Dream of the Red Chamber – Thurs Sept 1
Don Pasquale – Mon Sept 26
6:30pm Herbst Theatre 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Aug 30, 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Tues Sept 6, 7:00 – 8:30pm Italian American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. Fourth St., SJ
Thurs Sept 8, 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 by calling Pat Miller at 408-871-7010. For more information, or to reserve a seat in San Jose or Palo Alto, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2404
The Modernity of Wagner – Much of the scholarly discussion of Richard Wagner as a tragic dramatist focuses on the influence upon him of the great dramatists of the past and in his own time. However Wagner’s music drama can also be seen as the first iteration of a tragic vision that was to become central to the drama of the modern world. In this talk, professor Simon Williams will explore that “modernity” and, in so doing, hopes to argue that Wagner is very much an artist for our own time, even an artist of our time.
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members
Sat Sept 17 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco

OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) where and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn. 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!
Don Giovanni (Mozart) – Don Giovanni is opera’s ultimate anti-hero. He’s seductive and cruel, dashing and depraved, funny and exasperating and courageous to the end. Enjoy video excerpts from the legendary 1954 Salzburg Festival performance, featuring the great Cesare Siepi.
Sun Sept 25, 2 – 3pm SFPL Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music/
Afternoon at the Opera – Eight-week course in opera appreciation. This fall features mezzo-soprano Deborah Rosengaus discussing homegrown American opera, Norm Rizzi on opera as theater, James Sokol on fachs and voice type classification, an inside look at singing in an opera chorus with SFO chorister Fred Matthews, and Shari Deghi guiding you through the Met Opera Live in HD broadcasts of Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, L’Amour de Loin, and Nabucco.
Course fee $85 (registration open now or on the first day of class); drop-in fee $15 per single session.  For more information, call 650-558-2100.
Mon Sep 26 – Nov 14, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/metropolitan-opera-season
Metropolitan Opera Season – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the first five Met Opera Live in HD  transmissions: Tristan und Isolde, Don Giovanni, L’Amour de Loin, Nabucco, and Romeo et Juliette. She’ll use CDs and DVDs to make vivid 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. $60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club membersl $84 for nonmembers.
Friday afternoons, 1 – 3pm Sept 30; Oct 7, 21 & 28; Nov 11 (no class Oct 14 or Nov 4)
Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

OPERA SANTA BARBARA / SANTA BARBARA CITY COLLEGE LIFELONG LEARNING
http://operasb.org/news/?p=2244
Opera in Performance – This course will be centered around the three operas being performed in OSB’s 2016-17 season – Carmen, The Cunning Little Vixen, and La Rondine – and the Met Opera Live in HD transmissions of Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette, La Traviata, and Der Rosenkavalier. Led by UCSB professor Simon Williams, students will explore each opera’s background and context and take your experience to a whole new level of appreciation and understanding. Discover the wonder of opera, and share and discuss your experience with fellow opera aficionados.  Classes start October 17th but you can register now. Click on the link above for more information.

ENJOY!