Ciao, Opera Mavens! There’s not much going on in July so I’m also giving you heads-up on some August & September events.
STANFORD CONTINUING EDUCATION
An Introduction to Puccini – Join Speight Jenkins for this five-week course on the most widely-performed opera composer today. Though Puccini didn’t invent verismo, a Romantic look at the lives of ordinary people, he did define it, and nine of his eleven operas, including La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, are regularly performed all over the world. You will explore why and hear great singers who have mastered Puccini’s style and understand why his lyricism and sentimentality still delight audiences everywhere. $310.
Mon July 9 – Aug 6 from 7 – 8:50pm Stanford University Campus
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
A Centennial Celebration of Birgit Nilsson and Astrid Varnay – This month, these “Golden Age” sopranos will be celebrated with a pair of documentary films. Bayreuth Primadonnas is a German television interview with Birgit Nilsson, Astrid Varnay and Martha Mödl. English intertitles were added by New York opera maven Donald Collup. The second documentary is Never Before – The Life and First New York Career of Astrid Varnay, also created by Donald Collup. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers.
Sat July 21 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California 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.
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 Arts Building, Room A-214, CCSF 50 Phelan Ave., SF
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