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Opera Talk Podcasts with GD Larry Hancock

Put on your head phones and learn about our productions as GD Larry Hancock and Marketing/Development Director Aaron Nicholson interview stage directors, conductors and artists.

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.

Free Previews

A one-hour preview for each 2019-20 production is presented free of charge in the third floor rehearsal hall of the California Theatre, located at 345 S. First Street. Please enter via Market Street entrance and take elevator to third floor. Moderated by GD Larry Hancock, the previews includes a lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Dates for previews are as follows:

  • Die Fledermaus: Sept 3, 2019 @ 12 noon
  • Hansel and Gretel: Nov. 5, 2019 @ 12 noon
  • Il trovatore: Feb. 4, 2020 @ 12 noon
  • The Magic Flute: April 7, 2020 @ 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 Die Fledermaus lectures are listed below. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

Monday, Sept. 9, 7:30-9:00 pm
Sheppard Mullin Law Firm
379 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto
To RSVP for a no-host pre-talk dinner with the speaker, send email here.
No reservation is required for the talk.
For more information, e-mail

Opera at your Doorstep Lecture: Die Fledermaus
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:00 pm (note earlier time)
GRA room, The Terraces of Los Gatos
800 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos
To RSVP for a no-host pre-talk dinner with the speaker, e-mail
No reservation is required for the talk.
For more information, send an e-mail to

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.

General Director Larry Hancock, course instructor, will present this overview of opera history on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, April 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 2019, 7 pm, at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. Cost for six classes is $60, and can be purchased online or by calling the OSJ Box Office: (408) 437-4450.