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Opera Talk Podcasts with Larry Hancock

Put on your head phones and learn about our productions as Larry Hancock interviews 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 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 Il trovatore lectures are listed below. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

Wednesday, Feb. 5: 7:30-9pm
Law offices of Sheppard Mullin
379 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA (map)

Tuesday, Feb. 11: 6:30-8pm
The Terraces – GRA Room
800 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA (map)

Thursday, Feb. 13: 1:30-3pm
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd
Lafayette, CA (map)

If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer
(No reservation is needed for any of the lectures.)

For more information, send email here.