Opera San Jose's 2014 production of Madama Butterfly. Photo: Pat Kirk.
Opera San Jose’s 2014 production of Madama Butterfly. Photo: Pat Kirk.

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

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Prepare yourself for greater enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Mon Apr 1 from 7 – 8:30 pm, Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 North Fourth St., San Jose
Thurs Apr 4 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Mon Apr 8 from 1:30 – 3pm Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
Tues Apr 9 from 7 – 8:30 pm GRA Room, The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. 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.

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION
Madama Butterfly (Puccini) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Apr 2 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://olli.berkeley.edu/programs/courses/magic-mozart-adventures-operatic-elegance
The Magic of Mozart: Adventures in Operatic Elegance – Join Kip Cranna in exploringthe operatic genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. View his works in their historical contexts and consider Mozart’s gift for capturing the full spectrum of human nature. Examine his early influences, follow his career, and explore his most famous works, including The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and The Magic Flute, as well as lesser-known gems. No previous opera background required. Just watch, listen, and enjoy. $145
Tuesdays Apr 2 – May 7 from 2 – 4pm Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse 2020 Addison St., Berkeley

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2611
Parsifalmania – Utilizing an array of early recordings, photographs, and archival resources, this presentation led by Jeffery McMillan will trace the explosion of American interest in Wagner’s final stage work from first exposure to the golden era of Wagnerian performance in New York during the late 1930s, and more. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers.
Sat Apr 6 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

OPERA AT OAKHURST
https://eccoyosemite.org/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

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA COMMUNITY PROGRAMS
First Act Workshop: The Magic Flute Adventure – In this workshop led by SF Opera Teaching Artists, you’ll explore the story of this timeless opera through music, rhythm, visual arts and movement. For youth ages 3–6 accompanied by at least one parent or guardian. $10/person.
Sat Apr 13 from 11am – 12noon
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Exploration Workshop: Opera for Families – Interactive family workshop to accompany the Opera in an Hour film screening of Rossini’s Cinderella. Come sing and dance, learn about libretto creation and composition, and discover the vibrant world of opera with fun and engaging Teaching Artists. For families with children ages 6 and older. $10/person. Sat Apr 13 from 1pm – 2pm
Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

All Together Now! – Join a rehearsal of Bizet’s Carmen–practice French diction and sing–then talk to chorus members about their essential role in opera performances. Stay for a post-rehearsal reception at 9pm! $35/person. Tues Apr 30 from 7 – 9:30pm
Taube Atrium Theater Wilsey Center for Opera Veterans Building, 4th Floor 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OPERA SAN JOSE OPERA HISTORY COURSE
https://www.operasj.org/tickets/opera-history-course/
With OSJ General Director Larry Hancock as the instructor, this popular 6-week course covers 400 years of opera development. Course content includes the development and changes in the choice of opera subjects, the use of poetry and dialogue in the libretto, styles of musical composition, evolution of the opera orchestra, and changes in performance practice period by period. Each quick-paced session will be enhanced with visuals from other art forms, including fashion, architecture, painting, and sculpture, bringing a more complete knowledge of the society that influenced its composers. $60
Tues nights Apr 30 – June 4 from 7 – 9pm Opera San Jose HQ, 2149 Paragon Dr., SJ

METROPOLITAN OPERA GUILD CONTINUING EDUCATION
https://metguild.thinkific.com/courses/libretti
Operatic Libretti & Librettists – Through a combination of lectures, reading and audio-visual resources, this self-paced online course explores the connection between words and music across the operatic art form. $100

ENJOY!