Sixty Plus Lecture: Opera For Laughs-Great Comic Moments

When: March 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Kip Cranna, San Francisco Opera Dramaturg

Now in his 40th year with teh Company, Kip shares video clips of some of ohis favorite amusing moments in opera to explore what makes comic opera truly funny. A radio comedian once quipped, "Opera is where a guy gets stabbed and instead of bleeding...he sings!" Kip explains the difference between spoken and sung comic action, and how the composer's role in using musical wit and stylistic cleverness play s such a vital part in giving comic opera its spark. We look at video examples spanning the history of opera from the early 1600s to the present day, with operas by composers such as Monteverdi, Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and more.

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These programs will start at 1:00 with a short business meeting which is followed directly by the program.  Light refreshments will be offered.

Shuttle Bus Times:

Parking and transit:   There is a garage ($7/day); otherwise, only meter or 2 hour street parking. We recommend transit! The M stops at 19th and Holloway. Also the 57 (to/from West Portal & Daly City BART), 29 (to/from Richmond/Sunset & Balboa BART), and 28 to/from the Golden Gate Bridge & Daly City BART. From Daly City BART, the 28 and the 57 both stop at Holloway (7-10 minutes).

SF State’s Main Campus, 19th & Holloway, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Rosa Parks Room (lower level).