Release date: 3/31/2016
Overture-Opera Workshops Adults.pdf
From words to music, and costumes to staging, opera novices and aficionados alike will get an in-depth look behind-the-scenes when San Francisco Opera Education presents Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults. These informative and interactive workshops, each covering a different aspect of creating an opera, will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings, 7–9 p.m., May 2–23, in the Bryan Education Studio at San Francisco Opera’s new Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera, located on the fourth floor of the Veterans Building, 401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco. For tickets ($80 for the series, plus $5 registration fee) and more information, visit sfopera.com/overture or call (415) 864-3330.
Each session will cover a different, in-depth look at how an opera is created. Following are details of each workshop:
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Session 1: HISTORY OF OPERA AND PERFORMERS
The program starts off with a brief history of opera from lecturer Dr. Kayleen Asbo, a musician, cultural historian and mythologist who is on the faculties of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes of UC Berkeley, Dominican University and Sonoma State University. Baritone Hadleigh Adams, who has been heard in a number of San Francisco Opera productions, will perform and talk about his career. Sheri Greenawald, Director of the San Francisco Opera Center, will lead participants through a vocal lesson, providing a complete experience and in-depth look into the art form.
Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Session 2: TELLING THE STORY: WRITERS, COMPOSERS, PLAYERS
In opera, the story is told through the libretto. In this session, participants will learn about the libretto-writing and composition process from San Francisco Opera Teaching Artists. Then music excerpts will be played by San Francisco Opera Orchestra members, giving participants an up-close opportunity to learn how the music helps tell the story of an opera.
Monday, May 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Session 3: ASSEMBLING THE PIECES
All the pieces of an opera unite under the guiding hand of a stage director. In this workshop, participants will learn how a professional stage director creates the ultimate dramatic effect. Attendees will rehearse scenes to experience first-hand how a director collaborates with performers.
Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Session 4: DESIGNING AND BUILDING
During this crash course session, San Francisco Opera production department staff members will share how they create enchanting effects that transport the audience to another world. Master of Properties Lori Harrison, the Costume Department’s Production Supervisor Kristi Johnson and others will share how it all comes together. This session includes a visit backstage at the Opera House.
Participants 18 years and older are welcome, and no music or performance experience is required for these workshops. The sessions are highly interactive and creative, not academic, and participants are asked to wear comfortable clothes they can move in. Light snacks are provided; guests are also welcome to bring their own food. For further details and to register, visit sfopera.com/overture or call (415) 864-3330.
FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:
Opera novices and aficionados alike will get a peek behind-the-scenes to discover how operas are created when San Francisco Opera Education presents Overture: Opera Workshops for Adults. These interactive and creative workshops, each covering a different aspect of staging an opera, will be held on four consecutive Monday evenings and feature appearances by singers and San Francisco Opera staff from the Artistic, Costume, Production and other departments, and a visit backstage at the Opera House.
Mondays, May 2–23, 7-9 p.m.
Bryan Education Studio
in the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera
Veterans Building, Fourth Floor
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$80 for all four sessions (plus $5 registration fee)
For information or to order tickets call (415) 864-3330 or visit www.sfopera.com/overture.
For the complete press release, please view the attached PDF.