Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for August:
COMMONWEALTH CLUB OF CALIFORNIA
Who’s Afraid of Opera? Exploring the Wonderful World of Music’s Grandest Art – San Francisco Opera’s dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna offers an insider’s look at the world of opera and a whirlwind tour through opera’s 400-year long history, using video examples (with subtitles) to illustrate the evolution of this multi-faceted and fascinating art form. Tickets: $8 Commonwealth Club members, $20 Non-members, $7 Students.
Wed Aug 5 at 6pm (networking reception begins at 5:30pm)
Commonwealth Club, 555 Post St, San Francisco
OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, president of the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay) where he also plays oboe, English horn, and writes the program notes. 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 Aug 9 at 2pm
San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley Branch, 451 Jersey St (near 24th and Castro)
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO www.ccsf.edu
San Francisco Opera Fall 2015 Season Preview Course – Join instructor Pamela Kamatani, PhD, for a lively course on the history of opera and an introduction to all the operas in the upcoming season. Enroll in Music 27B, 3 units; $158 for 16 classes, Continuing Education enrollment available. For more information call 415-239-3641.
Mon Aug 17-Dec 14 from 6-9pm, Arts Building, Room A214, CCSF, 50 Phelan Ave
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
Viva Verdi! His Operas and Their Role in the Birth of Modern Italy – Verdi’s operatic masterworks brought to the stage the values and issues of the “Risorgimento” movement, giving vivid creative expression to the ideals of his time. SFO Dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna leads this series of classes exploring the composer’s life and art in their historical context and use video examples to examine in detail his magnificent music dramas, whose creative genius continues to thrill audiences everywhere. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy. Class begin Thurs Sept 17 – Nov 5, 10 – 11:40am
Registration going on now. Please click the link above for registration and fee info