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In conjunction with the West Coast premiere of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night, Opera San José presented an afternoon of symposia consisting of four different panelist sessions on February 10, 2017 at the California Theatre in San Jose, CA.

Panel 1: Contemporary Opera in America
Members of the media, accompanied by Mark Streshinsky of West Edge Opera, discuss issues surrounding contemporary opera today. Panelists: Jim Sohre (Opera Today), Georgia Rowe (San Jose Mercury News)

Panel 2: Designing Silent Night
Members of Opera San José’s creative team discuss the challenges and inspiration behind the sets, costumes and lighting design for Silent Night. Panelists: Michael Shell (Stage Director), Steven Kemp (Set Designer), and Pamila Z. Gray (Lighting Designer).

Panel 3: WWI: Contemporary Perspectives
OSJ Board Director Gerard Seelig conducts a Q & A with former US Defense Secretary William Perry about his book, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink.

Panel 4: Meet the Creators of Silent Night
Librettist Mark Campbell, conductor Joseph Marcheso and stage director Michael Shell discuss the creative process that gave birth to Silent Night.