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Exploring Opera: Behind the Scenes Series

August 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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August 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


August 6, 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 6): Virginia Grasso: The Singer/Teacher

Soprano Virginia Grasso was praised for having a “beautiful, powerful, but at the same time, velvety smooth and flexible voice.” Since retiring from the stage, she has been a prominent voice teacher in NYC. Join our discussion to learn about this diva’s fascinating experiences performing some of opera’s most challenging leading roles including Violetta (La Traviata), Norma, and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) and gain insights into the vocal demands that she knows as a singer and that she works with as a teacher. A few video performance clips will let us peek on-stage as well!

For Grasso’s biography, click here: https://www.virginiagrasso.com/about.html

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…Virginia Grasso: The Singer/Teacher (Aug 6), click here.

Questions?  Email James at [email protected].