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

More Great Voices: The Art of Singing – In this five-week course, instructor Diane Mauch will show what lies behind this stunning art form and discuss voice types, from the high, light coloratura soprano to the basso profundo. $60 for members; $84 for non-members.
Fri June 1 – 29 from 1 – 3pm Rossmoor Creekside Clubhouse, 1010 Stanley Dollar Dr., Walnut Creek

Women and Opera – Led by frequent SFO lecturer Dr. Alexandra Amati, this four-week course will discuss issues surrounding women in society through the lens of four operas: Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Verdi’s Aida, and Bizet’s Carmen. $110
Tues June 5 – 26 from 1pm – 3pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

The Comic Operas of Gilbert & SullivanJohn Prescott leads this six-week course that will explore these operas as masterworks in their own right as well as the way in which they affectionately poke fun at the musical, social and political world of their time and place.
Thurs June 28 – Aug 2 from 1 – 3pm SFSU Downtown Campus 835 Market St., SF

UCSB Professor of Theatre and Dance Simon Williams presents a series of engaging lectures about Der Ring des Nibelungen. Organized by Guild Chapters throughout the Bay Area and in partnership with San Jose Opera Guild, each 90-minute presentation examines the structure, themes and characters of Wagner’s massive work.

SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Mon June 4 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos

MARIN CHAPTER: Mon June 4 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

SF CHAPTER: Tues June 5 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF

EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed June 6 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

Afternoon at the Opera – Come immerse yourself in spellbinding stories with intriguing themes, daring schemes with intriguing developments and, in some cases, absolutely hilarious outcomes as you study and enjoy four operas – Doctor Atomic, Madama ButterflyL’Italiana in Algeri, and Candide. $85
Mon June 4 – 25 from 2:30 – 4:30pm
San Mateo Senior Center 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Inside Opera – This four-week online learning course offered in conjunction with King’s College London and the Royal Opera takes you behind opera’s velvet curtain and answer the questions how does opera work? How has it changed? And is opera relevant today? Whether you are an opera newbie or veteran, this course will enrich your future experiences, helping you to develop a toolkit of operatic concepts to draw on long after you have finished the course. *FREE* ($49 for course upgrade option). Begins Mon June 4.

Ring Community Day – San Francisco Opera welcomes Ring newbies of all ages for a day of community workshops, crafts, and discovery. $10/workshop. Sat June 9 from 10am – 5pm
Wilsey Center for Opera – Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Ring 101 – New to the Ring? Begin your journey into Wagner’s epic world with masterful guides to introduce the story, characters, musical genius and ravishing production. $50
Tues June 12, 19, or 26 Taube Atrium Theater – Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Ring Symposia – Ready to take a deeper dive into the Ring? Join mainstage artists and production guests for in-depth presentations and discussions. $40.  Thurs June 14, 21, or 28 at 11am
Taube Atrium Theater – Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Ring Forums – Presented in conjunction with the Wagner Society of Northern California, these day-long forums offer three in-depth explorations of the Ring with Wagner experts. Note: Each Ring Forum will feature different speakers and subjects. See the link above for more detailed info. $55 for WSNC members; $65 for non-members.  Tickets include a boxed lunch.
Sat June 16, 23, or 30 from 10am – 3:30pm
Taube Atrium Theater – Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

An Introduction to Wagner’s Ring Cycle – Join Ringleader Phyllis Neuman for this six-week course intended for those who have always wanted to enjoy and understand Wagner’s masterpiece, or who have felt too intimidated by its length and complexity to give it a try. It is also for those already familiar with The Ring who want to delve more deeply into the story, the music, the leitmotifs, and the characters. Sat June 9 & 23, July 7 & 21, Aug 4 & 18 at 12noon
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)