In Ms. Karen Chu's 5th grade class at West Portal Elementary, we struck story-writing gold. With this group, we had just thirteen weeks to write, compose, design, rehearse and perform a mini-opera. Needless to say, we moved through it all at lightning speed. Immediately after choosing a location (Atlantis) and listing possible characters (King Neptune, the Kraken, mermaid archers, and an evil sorcerer to name a few), the class broke up into four groups, with one story-sifting worksheet assigned to each.
Posted: 04/26/2012 by
Erin Bregman (San Francisco Opera Teaching Artist)
While Hollywood geared up for the Oscars this past weekend, we in the Education Department prepared for our own celebration of film: free screenings of Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West for Families
at the Herbst Theatre! The movie was a shortened, one-hour version of the production that premiered at War Memorial Opera House in June 2010.
Posted: 02/28/2012 by
Dolores DeStefano (Education Program Associate)
Lauré Campbell has served as San Francisco Opera’s orchestra librarian for an incredible 41 seasons. From just down the hall from the orchestra pit, Lauré’s job has been to acquire the sheet music for each production – whether from the Company’s own library or another source, mark it up to the necessary specifications, and have it ready for each member of the orchestra. Retiring this spring, we asked Lauré a few questions about what’s changed during her tenure, what hasn’t, and what she’ll miss most.
Posted: 01/24/2012 by
Lauré Campbell, Orchestra Librarian
San Francisco Opera Principal Oboist Mingjia Liu knows it takes a whole lot of time and preparation for any orchestra member to prepare their music for an opera performance. What many people do not realize is that playing the oboe includes a whole other type of preparation--reed preparation. In this video, Mingjia explains the unique task he tackles every single day before he even lifts his instrument out of the case.
Posted: 11/14/2011 by
Mingjia Liu (Principal Oboe)
Inexplicable things happen to me in London. Several years ago I made an early morning visit to Westminster Abbey, that great reliquary of historical memory, and found it almost empty and utterly silent, a rare state for one of the world’s great tourist magnets. I intended to spend a few quiet moments at the memorial stone of my favorite composer, George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), the great German-born composer, Italian-trained, and rightly claimed by England as their own.
Posted: 11/11/2011 by
Patrick Summers (Conductor, Xerxes)