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Exploring Opera: Behind the Scenes Series

August 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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August 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


August 13, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Exploring Opera: Behind the Scenes Series

Let former opera professional & instructor James Sokol pull back the curtain and take you on exclusive, behind-the-scenes visits to the opera, while you relax in your home. Each live, online session will feature a different special guest opera professional, who brings his/her unique expertise, experiences & insights to our discussion. Live Q&A and video clips will round out the visit. Your ticket purchase helps support not only our programs, but also our guests – opera professionals – who are, mostly or completely, out of work. Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage!

Special Guest (Aug 13): Ron Valentino: The Vocal Coach

Meet Vocal Coach Ron Valentino – a teacher who helps singers meet the vocal demands of a score, the interpretation of the text and the musical lines which, ultimately, shapes their entire performance.  What are the ins & outs of his work?  How does a Vocal Coach differ from a Voice Teacher?  What training is required to take on this role? How does he prepare singers to go “from the page to the stage?” Watch video clips of two arias and learn how this coach would focus on interpretive details to help turn a “singer” into an “artist.” Don’t miss this fascinating visit, not only “behind the scenes,” but also “into a coach’s studio!”

For Valentino’s biography, click here: http://www.trinitymenlopark.org/site/leaderdisplay.asp?leader_id=180005694&sec_id=180008568

Optional Opera Chat:  If you like, stay after the class for an additional 30-mins to meet other opera lovers in a small “chat room” and discuss a proposed question or just connect over the topic of the small group’s choice. No need to register for the chat; it will be offered at the end of each class.

James Sokol started in the opera world under Beverly Sills at New York City Opera. After working on projects with the Opera Company of Philadelphia while in graduate school, Sokol moved west to work at San Francisco Opera. He is a former Executive Director of Pocket Opera and a Founding Member of the Singers Development Foundation.

We are delighted to partner with our friends at The Osher Marin JCC to bring you this special series. Four Thursdays, Aug 6-27, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM EDT.


FEE:  $60/Series of 4-classes, $20/single class

REGISTRATION through Eventbrite must be received by 3:00pm (EDT) on the Wednesday before the first class. The Zoom confirmation & link to class will be sent to all Eventbrite registrants by 3:00pm (EDT) the Wednesday before the class.  Please check your email between 6:00-8:00pm (EDT) the Wednesday before the class to make sure you have the Zoom confirmation & link.  If it’s not in your “inbox,” by please check “junk” or “spam” folders.   No confirmation?  Please contact Danielle at [email protected]

GUEST ARTISTS, just like at the opera, are subject to change!

Registrations are non-refundable & non-exchangeable. Unfortunately, single classes cannot be credited to series purchase.

TO REGISTER:…for the series of 4-classes, click here.

TO REGISTER:…for the single visit to meet…Ron Valentino: The Vocal Coach (Aug 13), click here.

Questions?  Email James at [email protected].