Opera Previews


Explore a selection of the season’s operas at 90-minute presentations given by engaging opera experts. Look below for a preview lecture location near you. Opera Previews are sponsored by San Francisco Opera Guild Chapters and the San Jose Opera Guild.



2015-2016 Previews
Luisa Miller with Dr. Mary Ann Smart
Monday, August 31 Tuesday, September 1 Wednesday, September 2
7:30pm--Marin 10am--San Jose 12pm--San Francisco
  7:30pm--Peninsula 8pm--East Bay


Sweeney Todd with Dr. Simon Williams
Tuesday, September 8 Wednesday, September 9 Thursday, September 10
12pm--San Francisco 10am--San Jose 7:30pm--Marin
7:30pm--Peninsula 8pm--East Bay*  
  *reservations required  


Lucia di Lammermoor with Dr. Alexandra Amati-Camperi
Monday, September 28 Wednesday, September 30 Thursday, October 1
11am--San Francisco 10am--San Jose 8pm--East Bay*
7:30pm--Marin   *reservations required


Die Meistersinger with Dr. Derek Katz
Monday, November 2 Tuesday, November 3 Wednesday, November 4
7:30pm--Marin 12pm--San Francisco 10am--San Jose
  7:30pm--Peninsula 8pm--East Bay


The Fall of the House of Usher with Dr. Timothy Flynn
Monday, November 30 Tuesday, December 1 Wednesday, December 2
7:30pm--Marin 12pm--San Francisco 10am--San Jose
    8pm--East Bay


Don Carlo with Dr. Clifford Cranna
Tuesday, May 31 Wednesday, June 1 Thursday, June 2
12pm--San Francisco 10am--San Jose 7:30--Marin
  8pm--East Bay  


Jenufa with Dr. Richard Taruskin
Monday, June 6 Tuesday, June 7 Wednesday, June 8 
7:30pm--Marin 10am--San Jose 12pm--San Francisco
  7:30pm--Peninsula 8pm--East Bay



San Francisco Previews
Location: San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
Time: 12pm
Admission: Free
For information: Contact Kelly Dewees at (415) 565-3280 or email guildeducation@sfopera.com.


East Bay Previews
Location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette
Time: 8pm
Admission: $10 per single lecture or $60 for a season subscription.
For information: Contact Brad Wade at (925) 945-7347 or operaphile@earthlink.net.
Directions to East Bay Previews
 
 
Marin Previews
Location: Villa Marin, 100 Thorndale Drive, San Rafael
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $10 per lecture or $60 for a season subscription.
For information: Contact Tenki Davis at (415) 457-1118 or t4tenki@comcast.net.
Directions to Marin Previews
 
Peninsula Previews
Location: First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, 1140 Cowper, Palo Alto
Time: 7:30pm
Admission: $10 per lecture
For information: Contact Karen Burtness Prak at (650) 329-1374 or operanutsfog13@gmail.com.
Directions to Peninsula Previews

San Jose Previews
Location: Addison-Penzak JCC Silicon Valley, 14855 Oka Road, Suite 201, Los Gatos
Time: 10am
Admission: Free to San Jose Opera Guild and JCC members, $10 for general public.
For information: Contact Steve Zilles at steve@zilles.org.
Directions to San Jose Previews