Classes, Lectures, & Workshops – November 2016

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

The Barber of Seville (Rossini) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Nov 1 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 4th & San Fernando Sts., SJ

Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Tues Nov 1 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Mon Nov 7 from 7:30 – 9pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
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 Palo Alto, please send a message to

Music and the Mind – Faculty artist series lecture with neuroscientist and soprano Indre Viskontas who holds a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience and a M.M. in opera.   FREE, no tickets required.
Mon Nov 7 from 7:30 – 9:30pm SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak St., SF

Learn about the art and stories of opera with your family! In between our Opera in an Hour movie screenings you and your family will sing, act, compose and dance all together as SF Opera Education Teaching Artists guide the way.  $10; a limited number of discount tickets are available for familes in need, inquire above.
Sat Nov 12 from 11:30 – 12:30pm   Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Lecture by Professor Derek Katz, Ph.D. UCSB Dept. of Music
Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members
Sat Nov 12 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

Antonin Dvorák: Music from the People – This 19th-century Czech composer brought the world symphonies, symphonic poems, operas, chamber music, and ensembles for strings; all of which had roots in Czech folk music. His rhythms and melodic structures draw us into the style of this genre but never just repeat folk tunes. Instructor John Kendall Bailey of Trinity Lyric Opera will chart the career of this prolific artist and play selections of his diverse oeuvre to illustrate his remarkable talent.
FREE for OLLI & Mastick Senior Center Members; $5 for non-members.
Wed Nov 16 from 1:30 – 3pm Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda


Newsy Opera News

Ciao, Opera Mavens. Here’s a catch-up on opera news:

Nadine Sierra

Nadine Sierra

The annual Richard Tucker Gala will be streamed live from Carnegie Hall at 3pm on Sunday Oct 30. Among the star-studded performers will be Joyce DiDonato (Merola1997) and Nadine Sierra (Adler 2011-2012).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to perform on stage in DC production of Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment.



The San Francisco Bay Area is the second most prolific community for opera in the country, second only to New York City. Opera America President/CEO Marc Scorca hosts “The Future of Opera” discussion at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with panel including composer Jake Heggie.

New York Times: Susan Graham (Merola 1987) got married.

We have some recent deaths to report.

Former Met Announcer Peter Allen dies at 96.

Tenor Johan Botha Dies at 51. He sang Otello at SF Opera in 2009.

Soprano Daniela Dessi dies at 59. She sang Cho-Cho-San at SF Opera in 2010.

Added Attractions Popping Up Soon!

Ciao, Opera Mavens. These special events have recently come to our attention:

ROSSMOOR COMMUNITY CHORUS presents baritone Taesung Kim (Opera Boston, National Opera Theater of Korea, Long Island Opera) accompanied by pianist James Greening-Valenzuela; program features art songs by Handel, Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Liszt, Wolf, Shin, and Baeck. *FREE* (donations accepted)
Fri Oct 21 at 6pm, Hillside Complex, 3400 Golden Rain Rd, Rossmoor, Walnut Creek

SF Gets Spooked!
– There are plenty of things to be scared about in October; join us as we explore fear in opera and maybe find a little comfort in art!
Sun Oct 23 at 7pm, The Rite Spot, 2099 Folsom St, San Francisco

Come celebrate one last Oktoberfest party with our first performance at San Francisco’s eclectic hat shop. We will be drinking, hat shopping, and singing German art songs and arias; no need to make reservations, just stop in and enjoy the show!
Fri Oct 28 at 7:30pm, Goorin Bros. Hat Shop, 1612 Stockton St, San Francisco

Drag Queen of the Opera – Join SFO artists on Halloween eve for some operatic debauchery with a touch of drag macabre. Grab a cocktail and brush up on your lip-syncing skills and opera herstory as legendary drag superstar Heklina takes you on a wicked ride full of highs and lows – notes, that is! Come in costume or take advantage of our in-house costume booth for a chance to win SF Opera Lab swag or tickets; and don’t forget your dancing shoes for a live DJ following the performance! Tickets $25 in advance via Eventbrite; 21+ with valid photo ID
Sun Oct 30 at 8pm (doors open at 7pm), Oasis, 298 Eleventh St, San Francisco

GOLDEN GATE OPERA or 415-370-1722
Diwali Festival of Lights Aria Party – Enjoy panoramic views, delicious wines, hors d’oeuvres from India, and a concert of arias from operas set in India performed by soprano Shawnette Sulker, mezzo Alexandra Jerinic, and baritone Richard Rittelmann accompanied by pianist Bruce Olstad. Tickets $65-200 per person, available through; proceeds benefit GGO’s 20th Anniversary Season and are tax-deductible.
Sun Oct 30 at 3pm, Tiburon (address & directions emailed with reservation)


Special Opera-tunity for Veterans

Opera San José is forming a chorus of veterans to perform in a holiday concert this December commemorating the Christmas truce of 1914 and in anticipation of Silent Night, an opera about that unparalleled historic event.

The first gathering will be at Opera San José, 2149 Paragon Drive, San Jose, on Sunday, October 16th from 4pm to 6pm at which time the group will discuss and agree upon future rehearsal dates. Rehearsal dates are tentatively scheduled Sunday afternoons, 10/23,

10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, and 12/4 at 4pm. The concert will be on Sunday, December 11th. The venue is TBD. We are seeking veterans and their family members (18 and older).

If interested, please call box office with the following information.
– name
– phone number
– email address
– voice (soprano, mezzo soprano, tenor, baritone)
– relation to the veteran in the family

Box office phone number: 408-437-4450
Business hours: 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri