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 2016-17 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: April 4, 2017

All previews begin at 12 noon.

Opera in Your Neighborhood Talks

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 La bohème lecture talks are listed below. For more information about the Opera at Your Doorstep Lecture Series and/or to RSVP, email .

Tuesday, April 4: 7:30 p.m.
Pat Miller’s Music School (map)
14107 Winchester Blvd, Los Gatos
(If you would like to attend and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP to

Monday, April 10: 7 p.m.
IAHF Hall (map)
425 N. 4th Street, San Jose

Wednesday, April 12: 7:30 p.m.
Sheppard Mullin Law Firm (map)
379 Lytton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
(If you would like to have dinner with the speaker, please RSVP to Brad at

Summer Training Program
July 9-23, 2017

After its first successful summer program in 2016, Opera San José is proud to offer its 2nd Annual Summer Program for Singers with an added Vocal Coach/Accompanist element for pianists.  We are seeking singers and pianists ages 18 – 28 years old with exceptions unique talent. 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, May 31 – July 5, 2017,  from 7 – 9 p.m., at Opera San José headquarters, 2149 Paragon Drive in San Jose. More….


Receive news and updates from  Opera San Jose.