Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Holidays! Here are your educational opera-tunities for December:

First Act: Hansel and Gretel’s Adventure – In this workshop designed for children ages 3–5, you’ll explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and fine-gross motor skills. $10; A limited number of discounted tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Dec 3; 10 – 11am and 11:30am – 12:30pm Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Richard Wagner: Controversial Genius – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this course will discuss the personality of the composer, one of the intellectual giants of his century, his friends and foes, and particularly his music. You will not just explore the ten works of his maturity with selections from live performances, but also discuss differences in the style of singing Wagner from his time until ours, the change in productions of his work, and why Tristan und Isolde had a profound effect on the music of the 20th century, and a look at why and how The Ring of the Nibelung has become among the best box-office successes of the 21st century. Registration opens Nov 28; tuition and more info at the link above.
Monday evenings Jan 9 – Feb 13 from 7 – 8:50pm

The Ballad of Baby Doe: A Study and Performance of the First Great American Opera – With its tuneful, popular style and soaring melodies, Douglas Moore‘s Baby Doe is a brilliant evocation of the mining era in the American West, and a true portrait of life in Leadville, Denver, and even Washington, DC. Strongly based in historical fact, it addresses Populism and the Free Silver movement, boom-and-bust economic cycles, and includes appearances by presidential candidate and orator William Jennings Bryan and President Chester Arthur. With Stanford music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis and mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse (Merola 1981) as your instructors, you will study the music, the history of the opera’s composition and production, its historical, economic, and sociological background and also attend a performance and meet with performers and directors afterward to complete the experience. Registration opens Nov 28; tuition and more info at the link above.
Thursday evenings Jan 12 – Mar 2 from 7 – 8:50pm

Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Applications are now being accepted for this special program taking place March 27 – 31, 2017 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera. Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Discover and explore new art forms, hone current skills, and inspire fresh creativity with diverse teen communities from all over the Bay Area. Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, Youth Speaks and Citizen Film in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community.