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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 2015-16 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:

  • Lucia di Lammermoor: August 30, 2016
  • The Barber of Seville: November 1, 2016
  • Silent Night: January 31, 2017
  • La bohème: March 28, 2017

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 FREE previews. Dates/times for The Barber of Seville lecture talks are listed below. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

The Barber of Seville:

Tuesday, Nov. 1: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Law Offices of Sheppard Mullin: 379 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto

Monday, Nov. 7: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Pat Miller’s Music School: 14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos

Summer Training Program

The first OSJ Summer Training Program was held June 20 – July 1, 2016, concluding with an Opera Scenes performance on July 2, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in Opera San José’s main rehearsal hall.

The Summer Training Program is a unique training opportunity for singers who have strong vocal technique and a clear commitment to developing a career in opera. This two-week program encompasses individual coaching sessions and tailored group workshops enabling singers to develop their vocal and dramatic skills in a professional environment, with unprecedented access to the wealth of expertise provided by Opera San José, insight into the world of professional opera, and valuable opportunities for dialogue with key people from within the industry. More…

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 2017, dates tbd,  from 7 – 9 p.m., at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. More….


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