Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are the educational opera-tunities for this month:
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA GUILD PREVIEW LECTURES
Ninety-minute sessions by noted musicologists, composers, librettists, and singers, locally sponsored by SF Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild. These special events explore each opera’s historical and musical context as well as musical and dramatic challenges. Every session is illustrated by audio & visual examples and includes a question & answer and discussion period.
Roberto Devereux lectures by Deborah Rosengaus, mezzo-soprano and opera lecturer
SF CHAPTER: Tues Sept 4 at 12noon FREE
Koret Auditorium, SF Public Library Main Branch 100 Larkin St., SF
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD: Wed Sept 5 at 10am
FREE to SJOG and JCC members, $10 for others
Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Rd., Ste 201, Los Gatos
EAST BAY CHAPTER: Wed Sept 5 at 8pm; $10
Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
MARIN CHAPTER: Thurs Sept 6 at 7:30pm; $10
The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley
OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
The Abduction from the Seraglio (Mozart) Preview – A one-hour presentation by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Sept 4 at 12noon California Theatre 345 S. First St., SJ
USF – FROMM INSTITUTE FOR LIFELONG LEARNING
http://usf.usfca.edu/fromm//CourseCatalogs/Fall 2018 Course Catalog.pdf
The Richness of Rossini: The Amazing Operas of a Bel Canto Master – Led by SF Opera dramaturg Dr. Kip Cranna, this eight-week course explores the early, lesser-known works of this teenage prodigy, beloved Italian comic works like The Italian Girl in Algiers and La Cenerentola, and imposing serious operas like Tancredi and Semiramide, culminating with his final masterpiece, the French grand opera William Tell. Thurs Sept 6 – Nov 8 from 10 – 11:40am USF Fromm Hall, 660 Parker St., SF
OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
Prepare yourself for greater enjoyment of the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks.
Thurs Sept 6 from 7:30 – 9pm Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
Mon Sept 10 from 7 – 8:30pm The Terraces of Los Gatos, GRA Room, 800 Blossom Hill Rd., Los Gatos
Tues Sept 11 from 7 – 8:30pm Italian American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. Fourth St., SJ
If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org. No RSVP is necessary to attend any of the lectures. For more information, please email OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com.
SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Master Class with Sondra Radvanovsky, Soprano
*FREE* (Reservations recommended)
Sun Sept 16 at 3pm SFCM Sol Joseph Recital Hall 50 Oak St., SF
OSHER MARIN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER
Adults Exploring Opera: Fall Met Live in HD Insights – Whether or not you plan to attend the fall Met HD broadcast performances, join Instructor James Sokol for interesting insights into Saint-Saens’ sensual and seductive Samson et Dalila, Puccini’s complex La Fanciulla del West, and Verdi’s exotic and lush Aida. These classes are perfect for the opera newcomer and the long-time devotee. $17 – $45. Thursdays, Sept 20, 27 & Oct 4 from 1 – 3pm Osher Marin JCC 200 N. San Pedro Rd., San Rafael
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE – CSU EAST BAY
The Language of Opera – Led by Diane Mauch, this five-week course will study how the Italian, French, German and English languages have changed and enriched opera. How these languages have affected the compositional styles of major opera composers will also be explored. $60 for members / $84 non-members. Fridays, September 21 & 28; October 5, 12 & 19 from 10:30am – 12:30pm
Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek
WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Bernstein at 100 – Former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist, author, and lecturer Erica Miner returns to present a talk on Leonard Bernstein’s lifelong passion for Richard Wagner and in particular, Tristan und Isolde. Free for WSNC members; $10 for non-members.
Sat Sept 22 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF
STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Mozart’s Timeless Operas – Seattle Opera’s General Director, Emeritus Speight Jenkins leads this one-day course discussing how the works of Mozart capture so much of what is crucial to the human condition. How these works, more than 200 years old, speak directly to contemporary human relationships and, in the hands of great artists, seem as modern and timely as when they were first composed will also be covered. $210. Registration open now.
Sat Nov 3 from 10am – 3:30pm Stanford University
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA INSIGHT PANELS
Get a rare glimpse into the creative process with our cast and production team. Singers, directors, conductors and composers share insights about bringing these operas to life. Free for SFO members, subscribers, and students with ID, $5 for the general public; tickets available at the door 30 minutes prior to discussion or online at the link above.
Fall dates coming soon. Check back for more details.