Fall, 2014

14th Year!

Instructor: Will Kent

6 Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., October 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13


Newman Auditorium

Tuition: $95

With 20 operas presented locally this season at the Metropolitan Opera streamed live in HD (Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol) and San Francisco Opera, isn’t it about time you put a little opera in your life? Whether you are a newcomer to opera or a seasoned fan, this class is for you! Join us for the 14th year of A Passion for Opera, where we’ll focus on Sopranos and Tenors: Opera’s Superstars.

Over 6 weeks, using multimedia, we’ll delve into the lives and vocal gifts of the greatest tenor and soprano superstars, past and present, who have what it takes to sing their way to the top, sell out the world’s great opera houses while performing to standing ovations! We’ll compare voices and artistic personalities, consider the different soprano and tenor classifications (Fachs) and hear which voices are best suited to specific characters and composers. We’ll study the fascinating history of tenor and soprano voices over several centuries.

And finally we’ll discuss the enormous pressures on singers today to perform in new and often ridiculous productions, become great actors, look like models and deal with egotistical and ignorant directors. We’ll consider the personal costs and often tragic sacrifices these great stars bear to serve the music and their passion.

When the class ends you’ll be ready to revel in this season’s starry operatic lineup with a new understanding and appreciation of the art of singing and these awesome artists. BRAVO!!

Class registration for SRJC starts around 8/1/14.

To register (parking pass optional) call (707) 527-4372 or go online to:

???Questions: Call Will at 707-484-1993 or email

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Anna Netrebko, soprano
Enrico Caruso, tenor
Maria Callas, soprano
Farinelli, castrato
Placido Domingo, tenor

“Isn’t it about time you put a little Opera in your life?”

In 1998, I approached Santa Rosa Junior College’s Community Education program about teaching an opera class. You can see from the article that follows, my effort has been as rewarding for me as I hope it has been for the nearly 1000 students I have taught over the past 6 years.