ADULT EDUCATION

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 2016-17 production is presented free of charge at the Dr. MLK Jr. 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.

Preview dates:

  • Lucia di Lammermoor: August 30, 2016
  • The Barber of Seville: November 1, 2016
  • Silent Night: January 31, 2017
  • La bohème: April 4, 2017

All previews begin at 12 noon, and take place on the fifth floor of the library in the Beethoven Center.

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 Lucia di Lammermoor lecture talks to be posted in August, 2016. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

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….