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Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults

Illuminating Performances: The Art of Stage Lighting

Stage lighting truly changes everything! It focuses your eye, highlights the colors of sets and costumes, and alters the mood of a scene instantly. In this interactive workshop, learn from San Francisco Opera Resident Lighting Designer Gary Marder about how he plans these striking effects, and about how his team brings them to life with an extremely complex lighting system. You will even get a chance to walk on the La Traviata set to experience the effects from the War Memorial stage!
 

Date and time: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 46pm
Location: War Memorial Opera House, Van Ness Entrance, Orchestra Level
Price: $25
 

Class capacity is limited—complete this order form or call the Opera Box Office at (415)864-3330 to reserve your space! Box Office hours are Monday 10am5pm and TuesdaySaturday 10am6pm.

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How do I order tickets?
How much does the workshop cost?
Do I need to have any prior knowledge of opera, or be a musician or performer to attend the workshop?
Do I have to be a certain age to attend the workshop?
What is the format of the workshop?
Do I need to prepare for the workshop?
Where will the workshop be held and how do I get there?
Where can I park?
What time should I arrive at the workshop?
Will there be a break during the workshop?
Will refreshments be served?
Can I bring my own food?
What should I wear?
Who is conducting the workshop?

How do I order tickets?
You can order tickets by calling the Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330 (Monday 10am5pm, TuesdayFriday 10am6pm), visiting the Box Office at 301 Van Ness Avenue, faxing this order form to (415) 626-1729, or mailing the order form to:

San Francisco Opera Box Office
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94102

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How much does the workshop cost?
The cost is $25 per person (plus a $11 registration fee).

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Do I need to have any prior knowledge of opera, or be a musician or performer to attend the workshop?
No, all experience levels are welcome!

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Do I have to be a certain age to attend the workshop?
These workshops are offered for adults over the age of 18.

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What is the format of the workshop?
The workshop will be interactive as opposed to strictly academic. We aim to learn about opera by taking part in the creative process ourselves. The presentation will take the form of a lively discussion and activities rather than a lecture.

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Do I need to prepare for the workshop?
You do not have to prepare to attend the workshop.

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Where will the workshop be held and how do I get there?
The workshop will be held in the auditorium of War Memorial Opera House. Enter the Opera House through the doors on Van Ness Avenue. For directions to the Opera House, visit sfopera.com/directions.

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Where can I park?
Parking is available in several lots in the surrounding area. Please call lots for current hours and rates. For parking lot locations see this map.

Performing Arts Garage—(415) 252-8238
360 Grove between Franklin and Gough
Attendant on duty, covered garage

Civic Center Plaza Garage (underground)—(415) 863-1537
Enter on McAllister between Polk and Larkin
Attendant or 24-hr security on duty, covered garage

Tower Valet Parking—(415) 341-1592
Enter on Grove between Gough and Octavia
Attendant on duty 6am–5:30pm, otherwise self-park, uncovered lot

Opera Plaza Garage—(415) 771-4776
Enter on Golden Gate or Turk at Van Ness
Attendant on duty 24 hours, covered and uncovered lot

Place 2 Park
Enter on Golden Gate between Gough and Franklin

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What time should I arrive at the workshop?
The workshop will begin promptly at 4pm. The doors will be opened at 3:30pm.

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Will there be a break during the workshop?
We are not planning a formal break during the workshop; participants can take individual breaks as necessary.

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Will refreshments be served?
No.

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Can I bring my own food?
No, food and drink is not allowed in the auditorium of the Opera House. If you would like to eat beforehand, you can find a list of local restaurants at sfopera.com/restaurants.

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What should I wear?
Since the workshop will be interactive, you should wear comfortable clothes.

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Who is conducting the workshop?
The San Francisco Opera Education Department is conducting this workshop in collaboration with Gary Marder, Resident Lighting Designers, and other members of the Lighting Department. Please see the session description above for detailed presenter information (including bio).

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La Traviata photo by Phillip Groshong/Cincinnati Opera.