OperaBobb (Bob Brock) has been enthusiastic about opera since seeing his first one (Carmen) at the Cincinnati Opera back when it was located in an outdoor theater inside the Zoo Park.
From college ROTC, Bob went into the Army for 21 years and saw opera wherever he was stationed, from El Paso, Texas to New York City and from St. Louis to San Francisco. While stationed in Italy he saw performances at La Scala and the Arena di Verona. He retired from the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1979. After that, he became National Sales Manager for a Palo Alto company that made software for the mini-computer. In 1991 he switched to being the office manager for his Registered Nurse wife Jean’s home health care agency. Retiring again in 2003, he started his “OperaBobb E-newsletter” for Bay Area opera mavens.
In addition to his professional life, Bob has worked semi-professionally as an actor, director, designer, and dramaturg. “Wherever I’ve lived, I’ve worked in community theater. In the Army in Italy, I was Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and directed Moliere’s The Doctor in Spite of Himself. In St. Louis I played Kulygin in Chekhov’s Three Sisters. I’m now long retired from the stage.”
Bob is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati and holds an MS degree in Theater from Southern Illinois University. He is presently a Director on the Board of the San Francisco Opera Guild.