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

Preview: Silent Night (Puts) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Jan 31 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ
Silent Night Symposia
Panel 1 – Contemporary Opera in America, 2 – 2:40pm
Panel 2 – Designing Silent Night, 2:50 – 3:30pm
Panel 3 – WWI: Contemporary Perspectives, 3:50 – 4:35pm
Panel 4 – Meet the Creators of Silent Night, 4:45 – 5:25pm
$20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, California Theatre, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall, 345 South 1st St., SJ

Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks. At each of his talks, Brad will hold a drawing (free) for a pair of tickets to Silent Night!
Tues Jan 31 at 7:30pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Wed Feb 8 at 7pm Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. 4th St., SJ
Thurs Feb 9 at 7:30pm Sheppard Mullin law firm, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by emailing If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at No RSVP is needed for the San Jose or Palo Alto talks. For more information, please send a message to

Afternoon at the Opera – Instructor Shari Deghi‘s opera appreciation classes will guide you through the Met Opera Live in HD transmissions of Rusalka, La Traviata, and Idomeneo. Other classes offered include three sessions on contemporary opera from 1900 to the present and operas of the Italian Risorgimento with former SFO set designer Norman Rizzi. $15 per single session or $48 for four. More info at the link above.
Mon Jan 30 – Mar 20 (No class Feb 20), 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

Speight Jenkins, General Director Emeritus of the Seattle Opera, will be speaking.
Program TBD. Check the WSNC website for updated information as the date approaches. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers
Sat Feb 4 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

First Act: The Little Prince – Explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and motor skills as you discover Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s fantasy opera, The Little Prince. $10; Limited discount tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Feb 11; 9 – 10am and 10:30 – 11:30am Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

Metropolitan Opera Season, Part 2 – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the second five Met Opera Live in HD transmissions: Rusalka, La Traviata, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. She’ll use CDs and DVDs during her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. Whether you’re a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club members / $84 for non-members
Fri Feb 24; Mar 3, 17, 31; May 5, 1 – 3pm Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – Using formal lectures and seminars led by UCSB Professor Simon Williams, this course will take you on an operatic journey of Vienna. It will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of both Gluck and Mozart, which brought Vienna to the forefront as an international centre of opera. Next is the Viennese operetta, one of the most attractive of all forms of light opera, and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Arabella – all of which were inspired by and set in Vienna. Finally, the course will touch upon the work of Alban Berg and the Viennese Second School that revolutionized opera in the first 40 years of the 20th century.
April 21 – 24, Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst, CA
*Registration open now. Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above*