'Mozart Composing' by Josef Büche, ca. 1880 / Mozarteum Foundation

Mozart Composing by Josef Büche, ca. 1880 / Mozarteum Foundation

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your November educational opera-tunities:

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
https://tinyurl.com/StanfordMozart
Mozart’s Timeless OperasSpeight Jenkins leads this one-day course discussing how Mozart and his brilliant librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, managed to capture so much of what is crucial to the human condition, and how the music can be interpreted equally well in both the Italianate and Austrian singing traditions. How these works, more than two centuries old, speak directly to contemporary human relationships and, in the hands of great artists, seem as modern and timely as when they were first composed willalso be covered. $210. Sat Nov 3 from 10am – 3:30pm Stanford University

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Nov 6 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Prepare yourself for greater enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Thurs Nov 8 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Mon Nov 12 from 7 – 8:30pm GRA Room, The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Los Gatos talk, please RSVP with an e-mail to OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com. For more information, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.

SF OPERA FAMILY WORKSHOPS
First Act: The Cunning Little Vixen – Sing and dance your way through the charming folk world of woodland creatures created by Czech composer Leoš Janácek while exploring music, rhythm, visual arts, and movement, designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language, and fine-gross motor skills. $10/person. Sat Nov 10 at 9:30am and 11am
Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

All About It’s a Wonderful Life – This workshop is designed to explore this new commission by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer. Learn about the story, music, production design and characters, and discover the inspiration for this new production. Attendance at an opera performance is not required but encouraged. Special family pricing is available for the performance following the workshop. Workshops are for families with children ages 6 and older. $10/person. Sat Nov 24 at 11am and 12:30pm
Wilsey Center for Opera, Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

SF OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
https://tinyurl.com/IAWLPreviewLecs
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
It’s a Wonderful Life lectures with librettist Gene Scheer

MARIN CHAPTER: Mon Nov 12 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER: Tues Nov 13 at 12noon *FREE*
Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

PENINSULA CHAPTER: Tues Nov 13 at 7:30pm; $10
Fellowship Hall, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper Street, Palo Alto

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Nov 14 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Nov 14 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2592
Stanford professor of musicology and German studies Thomas Grey will be giving a talk “Theory versus Practice – Dance, choreography, body and movement in Wagner’s theories of ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’.” The talk will also look at some recent trends in choreographic staging with examples of stagings of the Tannhäuser Bacchanale, Ride of the Valkyries, Act 3 of Die Meistersinger, and Parsifal’s Flower Maidens. Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members. Sat Nov 17 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

ENJOY!