Opera Appreciation Courses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Taught by San Francisco Opera's Music Administrator, Clifford (Kip) Cranna, these classes will give you deeper insight into the history of opera.

Refer to the San Francisco Conservatory website here for updated schedule and registration information.

Kip Cranna received an undergraduate degree in choral conducting at the University of North Dakota and a Ph.D. in musicology at Stanford University, where he specialized in Renaissance and Baroque music history and theory. Since 1979, he has served as musical administrator for the San Francisco Opera, where he oversees scheduling and rehearsals, and acts as liaison with conductors and directors. Dr. Cranna also actively coordinates the commissioning and development of new works.

Former classes include "Adventures in Opera: Vive la France! Exploring the French Repertoire" and "Viva Verdi: A Listener's guide to the operas of Giuseppe Verdi."