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.

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


EAST BAY CHAPTER

August 27, 2014 Norma
September 3, 2014 Susannah
October 1, 2014 A Masked Ball
October 8, 2014 Partenope
October 29, 2014 Cinderella
May 27, 2015 The Trojans
June 3, 2015 Two Women
 
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.
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MARIN CHAPTER
August 25, 2014 Norma
September 4, 2014 Susannah
September 29, 2014 A Masked Ball
October 6, 2014 Partenope
October 27, 2014 Cinderella
May 28, 2015 The Trojans
June 1, 2015 Two Women

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
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PENINSULA CHAPTER
August 26, 2014 Norma
October 7, 2014 Partenope
May 26, 2015 The Trojans

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
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SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTER
August 27, 2014 Norma
September 3, 2014 Susannah
October 1, 2014 A Masked Ball
October 8, 2014 Partenope
October 29, 2014 Cinderella
May 27, 2015 The Trojans
June 3, 2015 Two Women
 
LOCATION: Koret Auditorium, Lower Level, New Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA
TIME: 12pm
ADMISSION: Free
FOR INFORMATION: Contact Kelly Dewees at (415) 565-3280 or email kdewees@sfopera.com

 
SAN JOSE OPERA GUILD
August 26, 2014 Norma
September 2, 2014 Susannah
September 30, 2014 A Masked Ball
October 7, 2014 Partenope
October 28, 2014 Cinderella
May 26, 2015 The Trojans
June 2, 2015 Two Women
  
LOCATIONS: Fall location - Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos, CA
Summer location - Saratoga Foothill Club, 20399 Park Place, Saratoga, CA
TIME: 10am
ADMISSION: Fall lectures: free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for everyone else
Summer lectures: $10 at the door for everyone

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