If I Were You composer Jake Heggie & librettist Gene Scheer. Photo: Dani Jardine

If I Were You composer Jake Heggie & librettist Gene Scheer. Photo: Dani Jardine.

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your July educational opera-tunities with a peek ahead at a couple of August events you may want to plan for:

If I Were You: Preview Lectures – 90-minute exploration of music and development of this world premiere opera led by librettist Gene Scheer and dramaturg Kip Cranna.
Tues July 16 at 7:30pm USF Fromm Institute for Life Long Learning, 660 Parker Ave., SF *Free*
Sat July 20 at 2pm Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette *Free*
Mon July 22 at 2pm Palo Alto Library, Rinconada Branch 1213 Newell Rd, Palo Alto *Free*
Mon July 22 at 7:30pm Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Rd, Los Gatos
*Free for SJ Opera Guild and JCC members. $10 for others*

If I Were You: Opera on the Couch – Dr. David Stein leads this forum where psychoanalytic insights deepen the meaning and experience of opera. The discussion takes place right after the performance when the immediate visceral experience of music, drama and spectacle will enliven a fuller and deeper understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of the work.
Sun Aug 4 at 5pm Books Inc. 601 Van Ness Ave., SF

400 Years of Great Opera Performances: The Power of Charisma – Join Seattle Opera General Director, Emeritus Speight Jenkins for this one day course focusing on the charismatic performers that bring opera to life and make it so memorable. $210
Sat July 20 from 10am – 12noon & 1:30 – 3:30pm Stanford University

Opera in Your Neighborhood – SFCM faculty member and conductor Dana Sadava leads this two-part course on the first two operas in Opera San Jose’s fall season: Die Fledermaus and Hansel and Gretel. Enhance your experience of OSJ’s live performances by learning why these pieces have survived the test of time, take a peek behind the scenes into the production of these operas, and more! $50
Wed Aug 14 & 21 from 1 – 3pm SCU Vari Hall, Wiegand Room 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara