Exploring Opera: Hearing Voices
Who do you prefer? Tebaldi or Callas? Domingo or Pavarotti? Whether or not familiar with these singers, embark on a musical revel to unravel the mysteries and wonders of great operatic voices. Experience a journey through the various voice types and repertoire to better understand the similarities and differences among singers. Discussions include behind-the-scenes stories that illuminate the excitement of opera. Sessions will focus on different vocal ranges (soprano, mezzo, contralto, tenor, baritone, bass) and on the differences within each range. Video performance clips bring the excitement of opera into our discussion. This is a perfect course for those new to opera as well as long-time aficionados.
Please Note: This class will not meet on April 7 or May 26. Instead, it will meet for two hours from 10am – Noon on April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19.
James Sokol, M.A., M.B.A., worked in the opera world for years after having begun his career under Beverly Sills at New York City Opera. While in New York, he was a Founding Member of The Singers Development Foundation, an organization which offered study grants to promising young opera singers. He has worked on projects with Cincinnati Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In the Bay Area, he has worked and lectured for SF Opera, and is a former executive director of Pocket Opera. He has taught classes for institutions around the Bay Area including SF Opera, Santa Rosa Junior College, College of Marin, San Mateo Adult School, OLLI/Dominican, OLLI/Sonoma State and others. Currently, he is the Director of the Kurland Center for Adult Learning & Living at the Osher Marin JCC.