Ciao, Opera Mavens! We wanted to give you a heads-up on several very special events presented in conjunction with OSJ’s Silent Night next month:

Symposia – Four consecutive sessions:
Panel 1 Contemporary Opera in America (2:00-2:40pm)
Members of the local media discuss issues surrounding contemporary opera
Jim Sohre, Opera Today
Georgia Rowe, San Jose Mercury News
Mark Streshinsky, West Edge Opera
Panel 2 Designing Silent Night (2:50-3:30pm)
Members of Opera San José’s creative team discuss the challenges and inspiration behind the sets, costumes, and lighting designs for Silent Night.
Michael Shell, Stage Director
Steven Kemp, Set Designer
Pamila Z. Gray, Lighting Designer
Panel 3 WWI: Contemporary Perspectives (3:50-4:35pm)
Gerard Seelig will conduct a Q&A with William Perry about Mr. Perry’s book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.
William Perry, Former United States Secretary of Defense
Gerard Seelig, Opera San José Board Member
Panel 4: Meet the Creators of Silent Night (4:45-5:25pm)
Composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell and conductor Joseph Marcheso discuss the creative process that gave birth to Silent Night.
Kevin Puts, Composer
Mark Campbell, Librettist
Joseph Marcheso, Conductor
Tickets: $20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall

Post-Symposia Cocktail Reception – Meet the panelists after the final session; need not attend symposia to attend reception (separate tickets required). Tickets: $50
Fri Feb 10 at 6pm, Market Street Lobby

General Director’s Dinner – Join General Director Larry Hancock for our annual black-tie evening on the stage of the California Theatre. This year’s celebration, on the set of Silent Night, is your chance for a true insider’s opera experience and to toast, with new friends and old, Pulitzer-prize winning composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell. Tickets: $500
Fri Feb 10, doors open at 6:30pm, dinner served at 7:30pm

Opening Night Post-Performance Reception – With cast members & cash bar. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
Sat Feb 11 at 11pm

All events at California Theatre, 345 So First St, San Jose
For more information go to or call the OSJ Box Office (408-437-4450)