Ciao, Opera Mavens and Happy Holidays! Here are some upcoming educational opera-tunities for you to check out:
USF FROMM INSTITUTE OF LIFELONG LEARNING
Exploring Opera: Intensive Traviata – Join Professor James Sokol in this class on Verdi’s masterpiece where you will discuss the words, explore the rich characters, then, hear how Verdi paints both so richly through glorious vocal and orchestral. Whether you are an opera newcomer or longtime fan, explore the depth of one of the world’s most popular and most accessible operas. Enrollment going on now through Jan 3. Fees, location, and registration info are in the link above. Mon Jan 7 – Feb 25 from 1 – 3pm
OLLI – SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
Opera: The First 150 Years – Join instructor John Prescott in this five-week course exploring the birth of opera in the intellectual salons of Florence to its spread to the major cities of Europe including the French court of Louis XIV and England. The social and historical phenomena of castrati will also be discussed along with the works of Monteverdi, Scarlatti, Purcell, Handel, and more. No previous musical experience is necessary. $95 Fri Jan 11 – Feb 8 from 1:30 – 3:30pm
Charney Hall, Room 106 Santa Clara Univ. 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Exploring Opera: Winter Met Live in HD Insights – Whether or not you plan to attend the fall Met HD broadcast performances, join instructor James Sokol for interesting insights into Cilea’s lush and tragic Adriana Lecouvreur, Bizet’s exciting and sensuous Carmen, and Donizetti’s delightful and comic La Fille du Regiment. These classes are perfect for the opera newcomer and the long-time devotee.
$45 for the series of three. $20 each the day of. $18 each with advance registration.
Thursdays Jan 10, 31, Feb 28 from 1 – 3pm Osher Marin JCC 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Master Class with Soprano Patricia Racette (Adler 1990) *FREE*
Fri Jan 18 at 5pm SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak St., SF
STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Russia’s Opera Glory: Three Masterpieces – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this class will discuss the theatrical intensity of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Shostokovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District andhow they have established the popularity and significance of Russian opera in the U.S. Registration opens Mon Dec 3. $210
Sat Feb 23 from 10am – 12noon and 1:30pm – 3:30pm