Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for February with a peek ahead at a couple of early spring events:
OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Prepare yourself for greater enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Wed Jan 30 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Thurs Jan 31 from 1:30 – 3pm Lafayette Library Arts & Sciences Room, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Mon Feb 4 from 7 – 8:30 pm GRA Room, The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
Wed Feb 6 from 7 – 8:30 pm, Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 North Fourth St., San Jose
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
Opera in Your Neighborhood: Moby-Dick and Madama Butterfly – Marie-Louise Catsalis leads a one-day course on Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick and Ming Luke leads the class on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. $50
Mon Feb 4 and 25 from 10am – 12noon
Guadalupe Room 150/151 Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Exploring Opera: Love, Madness, and Death – Many operas include one or more of these universal experiences. Journey with James Sokol through video performance clips from a wide range of repertoire to experience how love, madness, and death are portrayed through compelling characters, lush music and soaring voices. $45 for series of three classes / $20 each the day of / $18 each with advance registration.
Thursdays Feb 7, 14 & 21 from 1 – 3pm Osher Marin JCC 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
OPERA SAN JOSE
Moby-Dick Symposium – KQED Silicon Valley Arts, Culture and Tech reporter Rachael Myrow will moderate two panel discussions featuring Moby-Dick composer Jake Heggie and principal artists from the production. $20/person. Fri Feb 8 from 3:30 – 5:45pm
Rehearsal Room, California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Master teacher and director of the Odense, Denmark Ring Jasmin Solfaghari will discuss her career as an assistant director for the many of the greatest opera directors and as a director in her own right. Free for members, $10 for nonmembers. Sat Feb 9 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF
STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Russia’s Opera Glory: Three Masterpieces – Led by Speight Jenkins, this class will discuss Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, and Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and how they have established the popularity and significance of Russian opera in the United States. $210
Sat Feb 23 from 10am – 12noon; 1:30pm – 3:30pm
SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMING ARTS CONNECTION
Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Registration now open! Fill your teen’s spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, and American Conservatory Theatre in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of SF to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community. Mar 25 – 29 from 10am – 4pm
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, Fourth Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF
OPERA AT OAKHURST
Paris: City of Light, Capital of Opera – Simon Williams leads this weekend course where you will study several aspects of the operatic life of Paris. You will explore the strong association between opera, politics and commerce in the city and will identify and discuss the major theatres where opera has been performed over the years, and more. Registration open now.
Apr 12-15 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst, CA