Introduction to Opera

At 6:30 before evening performances and at 1:30 before matinees, a free talk will be presented in the California Theatre that will acquaint you with the composer’s life, his place in the history of opera, the story and its characters. If you are attending the 1:30 or 6:30 Introduction, you must be ticketed for that day’s performance; and your ticket must be torn as you enter the building.

MLK Library Previews

A one-hour preview for each 2015-16 production is presented free of charge in the Beethoven Center, located on the 5th Floor of the Dr. MLK Library in San Jose (located at the corner of Fourth and San Fernando Streets). Moderated by GD Larry Hancock, the preview includes a lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Dates for previews are as follows:

  • Tosca: September 1, 2015
  • The Marriage of Figaro: November 3, 2015
  • Carmen: February 2, 2016
  • A Streetcar Named Desire: April 5, 2016

All previews begin at 12 noon.

Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series

Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy  upcoming Opera San José performances all the more by attending one of longtime OSJ subscriber Bradford Wade’s FREE previews. Dates for A Streetcar Named Desire lecture talks are listed below. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

  • Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m: Sheppard Mullin Law Firm, 379 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto
  • Monday, April 11, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m: Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos
  • Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m: Italian American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. Fourth Street, San Jose.

Opera History Course

Each year, as a part of Opera San José’s commitment to adult education, we offer a six-evening course that covers opera through all its periods.  It’s an inexpensive, enjoyable way to learn more about this dynamic art form in the company of other interested adults.  This popular opera history series covers 400 years of opera development, from Jacopo Perri’s Euridice in 1600 to the present day.

Larry Hancock, course instructor, will present this overview of opera history on six consecutive Wednesday evenings in Summer 2016, June 1 – July 6,  from 7 – 9 p.m., at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. More….