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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 2018-19 production (except Moby-Dick) 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. The preview for Moby-Dick will take place at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (venue change for just this production) located at 560 S. First Street in San Jose. Moderated by GD Larry Hancock, the previews includes a lecture and performances by OSJ artists. Dates for previews are as follows:

  • The Abduction from the Seraglio: Sept. 4, 2018 @ 12 noon
  • Pagliacci: Nov. 6, 2018 @ 12 noon
  • Moby-Dick: Jan. 29, 2019 @ 12 noon
  • Madama Butterfly: April 2, 2019 @ 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 long-time OSJ subscriber Bradford Wade’s FREE previews. The dates for Moby-Dick lectures will be announced in January 2019.  For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .


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 from May 15 – June 19, 2018,  7 – 9 p.m., at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. Cost for six classes is $60, and can be purchased by calling the OSJ Box Office: (408) 437-4450.