Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your March educational opera-tunities with a peek ahead at a few in April:
JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
Purim in Song: Operas About Esther – The Biblical heroine Esther, whose story is celebrated in observances of the Jewish holiday Purim, has been the subject of numerous operas and other musical works. SF Opera Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will take you on an audio and video journey through widely varying musical interpretations of the Purim story. *FREE*
Wed Mar 4 from 1 – 2pm JCC of SF 3200 California St., SF
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Wagner Dynasty and Changing Philosophies at Bayreuth – Drawing from first-hand sources where possible, Desiree Mays will present an objective look at the Wagner family since Wagner’s death in 1883. Sat Mar 21 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
First Act Workshop Puppet Show: Choose Your Diva – This workshop is designed to introduce young minds and their families to some of the most iconic characters of the opera world through puppetry, musical performance, and fun craft activities. For families with children ages 0-6. $15/person.
Sat Mar 28 at 11am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, Fourth Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE OF LIFELONG LEARNING
Exploring Opera: Hearing Voices – James Sokol leads this course on the various voice types and repertoire that will help you better understand the similarities and differences among singers. Discussions include behind-the-scenes stories that illuminate the excitement of opera. Sessions will focus on different vocal ranges and the differences within each range. $50 Enrollment opens Mar 3.
Class meets Tuesday mornings Apr 7 – June 2
Berman Room, Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Ave., SF
I Hear America Singing: Adventures in American Opera – Kip Cranna will take you on a journey through the multifarious world of American opera, from Scott Joplin to Leonard Bernstein and more. Special attention will be given to the three most frequently performed living American opera composers: Philip Glass, John Adams, and Jake Heggie. Other figures on the vibrant contemporary scene such as Jennifer Higdon, Laura Kaminsky, and Terence Blanchard will also be discussed. The fertile fields of American opera beckon us to new discoveries, and you are invited to join in the journey! $50 Enrollment opens Mar 3.
Class meets Thursday afternoons Apr 9 – June 4
Xavier Room, Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Ave., SF
STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Opera in the Twilight of Imperial Vienna – Speight Jenkins leads this one-day course on the operas of Richard Strauss and Erich Korngold as well as the operettas of Johann Strauss II and the singers whose unique voices helped define these compositions. $215
Sat Apr 11 from 10am – 3:30pm Stanford University Campus
OPERA AT OAKHURST
Opera and Religion – Four operas and their relationship with religion will be at the centre of this weekend course: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Aida, Wagner’s Parsifal and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites. As always, Professor Simon Williams will include video and recorded extracts that will provide access to the fascinating and mysterious world that links opera and religion. Registration open now.
Apr 17-20 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst, CA