Opera Previews: In-Depth Explorations

Expand your horizons! Presented by a variety of exciting and renowned experts -- scholars, librettists, directors, critics and more -- these sessions are illustrated both musically and visually and dig into the background and meaning of each opera -- its creation, the times which formed it, its performance details and even its absurdities. Designed to stimulate both beginners and long-term opera addicts, Opera Previews also enable audiences to question and discuss the ideas presented. Sponsored by San Francisco Opera Guild’s chapters (East Bay, Marin, Peninsula, and San Francisco) and by the San Jose Opera Guild.

Upcoming Previews
The Trojans with Dr. Timothy Flynn
Tuesday, 5/26 Wednesday, 5/27 Thursday, 5/28
10am - San Jose 12pm - San Francisco 8pm - Marin
7:30pm - Peninsula 8pm - East Bay  

Two Women with Dr. Clifford Cranna
Monday, 6/1 Tuesday, 6/2 Wednesday, 6/3
8pm - Marin 10am - San Jose 12pm - San Francisco
    8pm - East Bay

2015-2016 Season
Luisa Miller Mary Ann Smart
Sweeney Todd Simon Williams
Lucia di Lammermoor Alexandra Amati-Camperi
Die Meistersinger Derek Katz
The Fall of the House of Usher Timothy Flynn
Don Carlo Kip Cranna
Jenufa Richard Taruskin

2014-2015 Season
Norma Simon Williams
Susannah Derek Katz
A Masked Ball Jonathan Khuner
Kip Cranna (East Bay)
Partenope Bruce Lamott
Cinderella Mary Ann Smart
The Trojans Timothy Flynn
Two Women Kip Cranna

Chapter Information

East Bay
LOCATION: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Community Hall or Arts & Sciences Discovery Room, through the generosity of the friends of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549.
TIME: 7:30 p.m. check-in and coffee.  8:00 p.m. lecture.
ADMISSION: $10 per single lecture; $60 for a subscription of 7 lectures of the 2014-15 season. Reservations required for Partenope and CinderellaReservations appreciated for the other lectures. Subscribers are guaranteed admission to all lectures, including Partenope and Cinderella. Please contact Brad Wade at operaphile@earthlink.net or (925) 945-7347. 
FOR RESERVATIONS AND INFORMATION: Contact Brad Wade at operaphile@earthlink.net or (925) 945-7347. For pre-payment, please send check, payable to SFOG, EBC, to Clyde Allen, 1463 Indian Head Circle, Clayton, CA 94517. When sending a check for single lectures, please specify for which particular lecture.
LOCATION: Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael, CA, 94903
TIME: Lectures held at 8pm preceded at 7:30pm by complimentary refreshments
ADMISSION: $10 per lecture, or $60 for the series. Tickets will also be available at the door.   

FOR INFORMATION: Contact Tenki Davis at (415) 457-1118 or t4tenki@comcast.net

LOCATION: Chapel, First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto, CA 94301
TIME: Lectures begin at 7:30pm preceded at 7pm by complimentary refreshments.
ADMISSION: $10 per lecture, available either in advance by mail or at the door.

FOR INFORMATION: Contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or operanut13@gmail.com

San Francisco
LOCATION: Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
TIME: 12pm
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Kelly Dewees at (415) 565-3280 or email kdewees@sfopera.com

San Jose Opera Guild
LOCATION: Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA
TIME: 10am
ADMISSION: Free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for everyone else

FOR INFORMATION: Contact Steve Zilles at steve@zilles.org