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Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults

Masters of Illusion: The Wig and Makeup Department

In this interactive workshop, we will learn how the members of San Francisco Opera’s Wig and Makeup Department create magical effects for every performance.  We’ll discuss the process of making wigs and see how they’re fitted to performers’ heads.  Live demonstrations will show us how faces are transformed by makeup.  And we’ll get a peek at some of the more unusual tricks these magicians have up their sleeves!

Presented by Gerd Mairandres, Head of Wig and Makeup, and members of the Wig and Makeup Department in collaboration with the Education Department.

Date and time: Saturday, November 17, 2-4pm
Location: Chorus Room, War Memorial Opera House
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 10am-5pm and Tuesday-Saturday 10am-6pm.

FAQ

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 10 am-5 pm, Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm), 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 $10 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 Chorus Room on the fifth floor of War Memorial Opera House. Enter the Opera House through the North Stage Door, which is at the corner of Fulton and Franklin Streets. For the exact location of the North Stage Door, see this map. Once you enter the North Stage door, you will be guided to the Chorus Room. 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 2pm. We will be serving refreshments prior to the workshop, so it is a good idea to arrive early. The doors will be opened at 1:30 pm.

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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?
Yes, beverages and light snacks like cookies will be served. If you would like something more substantial you are welcome to bring your own food.

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Can I bring my own food?
Yes, you can bring your own food. Keep in mind that we will not have formal breaks scheduled during the workshop, so you may want to come early if you plan to eat. The doors will open at 1:30. If you prefer 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 Gerd Mairandres, Head of Wig and Makeup, and members of the Wig and Makeup Department. Please see the session description above for detailed presenter information (including bio).

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The Magic Flute photo by Terrence McCarthy/San Francisco Opera.