Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities we’ve gathered for you this month:
OLLI – SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
Opera in Your Neighborhood – Opera San Jose Resident Conductor and Chorus Master Andrew Whitfield leads this two-day course focusing on the first two operas in OSJ’s 2018-19 season: Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio and Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. You will explore the historical context and music and dramatic features of both of these works while also examining the logistical challenges that each opera presents to an opera company. $45
Tues Aug 7 & Thurs Aug 9 from 9:30am – 12noon
Santa Clara Univ. Lucas Hall – Room 207, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO
SF Opera Season Preview Course (MUS 27B, Musical Awareness) – Join instructor Pamela Kamatani, PhD, for a lively course on the history of opera and an introduction to all of the operas in SFO’s 2018-19 season. Registration now open; for more information, call (415) 415-239-3641.
Mon Aug 20 – Dec 17 from 6 – 9:10pm CCSF, Arts Building Room A-214, 50 Phelan Ave., SF
OPERA FOR THE PEOPLE
Lecture series run by Larry Oppenheim, former President and current co-principal oboe and solo English horn for the Kensington Symphony Orchestra (East Bay). Larry’s goal is to make opera more enjoyable and accessible to “all the people”; attend the lecture and then go see the opera with your newfound knowledge!
The Barber of Seville (Rossini) Fri Aug 24 from 1 – 2pm
Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., SF
Pagliacci (Leoncavallo) Wed Aug 29 from 6:30 – 7:30pm
SF Public Library, West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way, SF
SONOMA OPERA GUILD
SF Opera 2018-19 season overview with dramaturg Kip Cranna.
$10 members / $15 guests / $5 students. RSVP to Sally Heath at (707) 542-4459
Sun Aug 26 at 2pm Scottish Rite Center, 600 Acacia Ln., Santa Rosa
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
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.
Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci lectures with Dr. Kip Cranna, SFO Dramaturg
MARIN CHAPTER: Mon Aug 27 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
SF CHAPTER: Tues Aug 28 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SFPL Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Aug 29 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos
EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Aug 29 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//CourseCatalogs/Fall 2018 Course Catalog.pdf
The Richness of Rossini: The Amazing Operas of a Bel Canto Master – Led by SF Opera dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna, this eight-week course explores the early, lesser-known comedies of this teenage prodigy, beloved Italian comic works like The Italian Girl in Algiers and Cinderella, and imposing serious operas like Tancredi and Semiramide, culminating with his final masterpiece, the French grand opera William Tell. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy! Enrollment going on now. Fees, location, and registration info are in the link above.
Thurs Sept 6 – Nov 8 from 10 – 11:40am USF Fromm Hall, 660 Parker St., SF
SF OPERA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
Opera Scouts – Applications now being accepted for this program for students aged 12 – 18. Celebrating individual achievement within a supportive ensemble, Opera Scouts provides an artistic, social, career and developmental home for youth who are passionate about the performing arts. Scouts meet weekly for training, activities, projects, rehearsals and trips to local performances.