Join Larry Hancock for a season preview on Friday, May 19 and Dr. Bruce Lamott on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 to hear about — Don Giovanni by Mozart
Our spring lecture series occurs at the end of May this year. We begin with an overview of the 2017-2018 Opera San José season given by OSJ’s General Director, Larry Hancock, at 10am on Friday, May 19. The season includes Così fan tutte by Mozart in September, La Rondine by Giacomo Puccini in November, The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner in February and La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in April. Larry’s talks are always informative and enjoyable so come learn more about some old favorites and some, perhaps, lesser known works. And, as is usual, his talk will be follow by a selection of arias by Opera San José’s resident artists. This program will be at the Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center at 14855 Oka Road in Los Gatos and you are invited to stay for the monthly Shabbat Lunch that will immediately follow the program. With a reservation, the price is $6.00 for JCC and San José Opera Guild members, $8.50 for non-members and it is $10.00 at the door without a reservation.
Join us for our second (and only other spring) program on Wednesday, May 31 at 10am for a talk on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This talk will be given by Dr. Bruce Lamott. Dr. Lamott is Director of the Philharmonia Chorale (the chorus of the Philharmonia Baroque orchestra) and teaches music history at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Don Giovanni, on the other hand, is the rascally Don Juan who, in the treatment by Mozart and his librettist de Ponte, is always striving for conquests but, in the opera, sees little success other than his “list” of past actions. Despite his reputation, he remains steadfastly above it all, up to the bitter end. Come and get fresh insight into one of Mozart’s great operas.