Opera San Jose's 2013 production of Il Trovatore. Photo: Pat Kirk / OSJ

Opera San Jose’s 2013 production of Il Trovatore. Photo: Pat Kirk / OSJ

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

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Il Trovatore Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Tues Feb 4 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Prepare yourself for greater enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Verdi’s Il Trovatore by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Wed Feb 5 from 7:30 – 9pm   Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Tues Feb 11 from 6:30 – 8pm   GRA Room, The Terraces of Los Gatos, 800 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos
Thurs Feb 13 from 1:30 – 3pm   Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
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.

OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
https://tinyurl.com/OsherJCCTraviataClass
Exploring Opera: Intensive La Traviata – Join James Sokol for this six-week exploration of the rich characters of this Verdi masterpiece through libretto and discussion, then hear how the composer illuminates them through glorious orchestral and vocal lines. Finally, compare sets, costumes, direction and performance interpretations with video clips of different productions and casts. $90 / $20 / $17 Thursdays Feb 6 – Mar 12 from 1 – 3pm Osher Marin JCC 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael

SAN FRANCISCO CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
https://sfcm.edu/performance-calendar/event/deborah-voigt-voice
Master Class with Deborah Voigt (Adler 1987) *FREE* Reservations recommended
Fri Feb 7 at 7:30pm SFCM Caroline Hume Concert Hall 50 Oak St., SF

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/node/2660
Wagner in His Youth – SF Opera Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna will explore the life and works of the teenage and twenty-something composer and conductor, with video excerpts to illustrate the early influences on the future operatic giant, sampling early compositions inspired by Beethoven and the bel canto composers. Sat Feb 8 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTES
Opera in Your Neighborhood: Il Trovatore and The Magic FluteDana Sadava leads these two courses on the last two operas in Opera San Jose’s sason. Looking behind the scenes, you’ll learn about the complicated relationships that stalled Il Trovatore and the super-human skills needed to sing Mozart’s spiky anti-heroine, the Queen of the Night, and how OSJ singers and artists will approach the productions. $50 Fri Feb 14 and 21 from 10am – 12noon
Fess Parker Studio Theatre Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Exploring Opera: Sheer Madness – Join instructor James Sokol on a journey through a wide range of repertoire to experience how the theme of madness is portrayed through compelling characters, lush music, and soaring voices. Listen and watch as madness begins as a vehicle to show off the voice in extraordinary ways and develops across a century to become a compelling, if frightening, character trait. Video performance clips bring the excitement and beauty of opera into the discussion.
Fri Feb 21 from 9:30 – 11:30am Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER OF SAN FRANCISCO
https://tinyurl.com/JCC-SFOperaFreedom
Let Freedom Sing: Operas About Liberation – Ideas about liberty and freedom from oppression have inspired opera composers through the centuries. Join SF Opera’s Dramaturg Emeritus Kip Cranna for this video journey exploring the varied ways that operas have expressed in drama and song our basic human aspirations to be free. *FREE* Sun Feb 20 from 1 – 2pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

ENJOY!