Introduction to Opera

At 6:30 before evening performances (except opening night of Where Angels Fear to Tread), 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 2014-15 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:

  • Rigoletto: August 26, 2014
  • The Italian Girl in Algiers: November 4, 2014
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread: January 27, 2015
  • The Magic Flute: April 7, 2015

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 previews. Lectures for The Magic Flute are scheduled as follows. To reserve a seat, please send a message to

  • April 7, 2015 (Tuesday): 7:30 – 9:00pm @ Law Offices of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton: 1080 Marsh Rd, Menlo Park. (free event!)
  • April 9, 2015 (Thursday): 7:30 – 9:00 pm @ Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Boulevard, Los Gatos (free event!)
  • April 14, 2015 (Tuesday): 7:00 – 8:30 pm @ Italian American Heritage Foundation, 425 North Fourth St, San Jose (free event!)

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 2015, May 26, & June 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. More….