Introduction to Opera

At 6:30 before evening performances (except opening night), 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. There will be no Introduction to Opera talks on opening night .

MLK Library Previews

A one-hour preview for each 2013-14 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 GM Larry Hancock, the preview includes a lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Dates for previews are as follows:

  • Falstaff: September 7, 2013
  • Hansel and Gretel: Oct. 31, 2013*
  • Madama Butterfly: February 4, 2014
  • Don Giovanni: April 8, 2014

All previews begin at 12 noon.
*The preview for Hansel and Gretel will take place on the second floor, rm 225/250 in the Dr. MLK Library.

Tuesday Evening Previews

On the Tuesday evenings prior to each opening night, a preview lecture presented by General Manager Larry Hancock, with arias and ensembles performed by members of the cast, will be presented. Previews for the 2013-14 season will take place at the restaurant Bella Mia, located at  58 South 1st Street in downtown San Jose. Wine and light refreshments will be served at 6:30 and the preview will begin at 7, lasting one hour.  These entertaining talks are intended to give the newcomer an understanding of the plot and characters, as well as a taste of the music itself.

Preview dates:

  • Falstaff: September 7, 2013
  • Hansel and Gretel: (no evening preview; see above for MLK preview at noon)
  • Madama Butterfly: February 4, 2014
  • Don Giovanni: April 8, 2014

Tickets are $30 each, and may be ordered by calling the Opera San José box office at (408) 437-4450.

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 Tuesday evenings in Spring 2014, May 6 – June 10, at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. More….