Where Angels Fear to Tread

A collison of cultures. A misunderstanding of horrific consequences. A rich English widow marries a penniless but handsome young Italian against the wishes of her family. Based on the novel by E.M. Forster, this insightful narrative follows the inevitable harm done by blind prejudice and selfish desire. Sung in English with English supertitles.

Symposia and Sitzprobe: February 1, 2015

Opera San José presents a series of three symposia followed by a Sitzprobe performance for the World Premiere of Where Angels Fear to Tread on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The Symposia run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and take place at the Le Petit Trianon Theater located at 72 N. Fifth Street in San Jose. Following a dinner break, a Sitzprobe performance of Where Angels Fear to Tread will be presented from 7pm to 10:30pm at the California Theatre, located at 345 S. First Street in San Jose. Cost: $25 per person for both events. Order tickets online or call the OSJ Box Office at 408.437.4450.

The participants in this lively forum will discuss topics including the process of creating a world premiere, the state of Opera in the United States today, the relevancy and topicality of modern operas and much more. There will be a question and answer session following each panel.

PANEL DISCUSSION 1: The dependence of the art form on new work, memorable world premieres of the past, and the state of opera in the US today. Marc Scorca, President and CEO of Opera America will provide opening remarks and moderate this panel.

PANELISTS:
Joshua Kosman, Classical Music Writer, San Francisco Chronicle
Richard Scheinin, Classical Music Writer, San Jose Mercury News
Janos Gereben, Classical Music Writer, San Francisco Examiner
PANEL DISCUSSION 2: The process of how this opera production was conceived, what are the insights into the characters and their individuality, their relationships with one another and their society. Larry Hancock, General Director of Opera San José, will provide opening remarks and moderate this panel.

PANELISTS:
Lillian Groag, Stage Director: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Michael Ganio, Set Designer: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Elizabeth Poindexter, Costume Designer: Where Angels Fear to Tread
David Lee Cuthbert, Lighting Designer: Where Angels Fear to Tread

PANEL DISCUSSION 3: The creation of a music-drama as well as the discovery of a potential opera in the novella. Who was E.M. Forster? Why is his voice relevant now? Larry Hancock, General Director of Opera San José, will provide opening remarks and moderate this panel.
PANELISTS:
Mark Weiser, Composer: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Roger Brunyate, Librettist: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Joseph Marcheso, Conductor: Where Angels Fear to Tread
Peter Stansky, Historian: Stanford University

Sitzprobe: Where Angels Fear to Tread
February 1, 2015
7:00pm – 10:30pm
California Theatre
345 South First Street, San Jose, California

The Sitzprobe is a seated rehearsal that serves as the transition from regular rehearsals between the director and singers, and staged run-throughs of the entire performance. Costume, lighting, makeup, and technical directors attend the sitzprobe to gain an idea of where the singers are in their rehearsal process, and to collaborate on ideas and suggestions that will become part of the final performance. Although technical in nature the Sitzprobe is quite interesting.