Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for this month:
OPERA SAN JOSE SYMPOSIA
Where Angels Fear to Tread (Weiser) – On Sunday Feb. 1, Opera San Jose will presents a series of three symposia followed by a sitzprobe performance for this world premiere production. The symposia run from 1 – 5pm and take place at the Le Petit Trianon Theater (72 N. Fifth Street, San Jose). Following a dinner break, a Sitzprobe performance of Where Angels Fear to Tread will be presented from 7 – 10:30pm at the California Theatre (345 S. First St., San Jose) Tickets are $25 per person for both events and are available at the link above or call the box office at (408) 437-4450
OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose world premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread by attending one of longtime subscriber Bradford Wade’s previews.
Tue Feb 3 at 7:30pm at Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos
To reserve a seat email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com or call (408) 871-7010.
Lecture is preceded by optional no host dinner at Aldo’s Italian Restaurant.
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Thomas Edison’s Wagner Recordings – Jazz historian and former Met archivist Jeffrey McMillan’s research has led to several significant discoveries including the exact dates and locations of these historic recordings. He will present his findings and discuss how the National Phonograph Company’s cylinders compliment the overall history of Wagner singing in America before the Great War.
Sat Feb 7 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St. San Francisco
Free for members, $10 for nonmembers
JCC-SF: ARTS & IDEAS
Call Me Debbie – International opera star and SF favorite Deborah Voigt (Adler 1986) is known for her wicked wit and generous spirit. In her new book, Call Me Debbie: True Confessions of a Down-to-Earth Diva, she recounts the hard work and dedication that took her to the top of her field, even as she struggled with her private demons. Joined by SF Opera dramaturg Kip Cranna, Voigt tells all as she embraces the next chapter of her illustrious life. A musical treat of a few songs is promised!
Standard single ticket $45, Premium single $55
Standard pair of tickets $70, Premium pair $85
(Ticket price includes one copy of the book)
Tues Feb 17 at 7pm at the JCC-SF, 3200 California St. (at Presidio Ave) San Francisco
OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, president of the East Bay’s Kensington Symphony Orchestra where he also plays oboe, English horn, and writes the program notes. His 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!
Rodelinda (Handel) – Sun Feb 8, 2 – 3pm at the Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St. (near 24th and Castro)
Così fan tutte (Mozart) – Tues Feb 17, 7 – 8pm at the Richmond Branch, 351 9th Ave. (between Geary and Clement)
Orpheus in the Underworld (Offenbach) – Thurs Feb 26, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way (at Ulloa)