San Diego Opera to offer the community six free lectures, many in La Jolla

San Diego Opera will present “Community Conversations” a free, citywide lecture series that will explore aspects of its upcoming season (four operas: “Turandot,” “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Faust” and “Carmen”) pairing Dr. Nicolas Reveles, San Diego Opera’s Geisel Director of Education and Outreach, with speakers who are experts in their fields.


The lectures will be held at the Neurosciences Institute, Congregation Beth Israel, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, San Diego Museum of Art, Torrey Pines Christian Church, Carlsbad Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla.

All events are free and open to the public, but an RSVP is


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Lecture Schedule

1. “Turandot: The Operatic Designs of David Hockney,” 3 p.m. Jan. 9, Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, 700 Prospect.

Kathryn Kanjo, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and Dr. Reveles will discuss the opera designs of David Hockney, the great contemporary British artist. MCASD will offer guests free admission before or after Community Conversations to see its current exhibition “Collection Applied Design: A Kim MacConnel Retrospective. “

2. “Authentic Chinese Melodies in Puccini’s Turandot,” 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at Cooper Music Center, Crill Performance Hall, Point Loma Nazarene University, 3900 Lomaland Drive.

Maestro Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony, will join Dr. Reveles in lively conversation with examples of music from “Turandot” to help guests understand how Puccini composed his operatic score and how he used his political connection to find original Chinese music.
3. “Faust’s Pact with the Devil: An Interfaith Dialogue on the Concept of Evil,” 2 p.m. Feb. 27, St. James by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 7776 Eads Avenue, La Jolla.

In a roundtable discussion anchored by Dr. Reveles, leaders from the Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist communities will discuss how each of their faiths understands evil within the context of contemporary society, using the classic story of Faust as a starting point.

The panel will explore Faust’s contract with Méphistophélès to give insight into how individuals and communities, even nations, make “deals with the devil” in order to cope with daily life.

4. “A Collision of Old and New: Rococo, Art Nouveau and the World of Der Rosenkavalier,” 7 p.m. March 1, San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park.

Dr. John Marciari, Ph.D., curator of European art at the museum and Dr. Reveles will discuss the two worlds represented in Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” — 18th century Vienna (the era of the opera’s setting) and early 20th century Vienna (the era and culture of the opera’s creation).  From the opera’s lavish sets and costumes to the world of Freud, Klimt and Mucha, the explosion of diverse styles that the opera represents will be followed through generous examples of the art and music of the times.

5. “Der Rosenkavalier: The Role of Sacrifice in Relationships,” 7 p.m. March 8 at Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 La Jolla Scenic Drive North, La Jolla.

The touching moment at the end of Der Rosenkavalier when the Marschallin gives up her relationship with the young Octavian becomes a jumping off point for a discussion between Rev. Dr. Michael Spitters, lead pastor of Torrey Pines Christian Church and Dr. Reveles.  Does sacrifice in relationships mean a complete negation of self?  Is there a place for selflessness in a world that surrounds us with examples of looking after one’s own needs to the expense of others?

6. “Carmen on the Couch: A Study in Dysfunctional Relationships,” 7 p.m. April 25, Carlsbad Public Library, Schulman Auditorium, 1775 Dove Lane.

Psychotherapist Gita Morena, coordinator of the Sandplay Therapy Studies Program at UCSD Extension and a doctor of Transpersonal Psychology, joins Dr. Reveles to look at the dysfunctional relationship of the two main characters in Bizet’s Carmen — Don José and the gypsy seductress. What happens when a classic obsessive personality meets a free spirit?  Through the application of myth and Jungian analysis guests will get a closer look at what goes wrong in a popular opera that ends badly for everybody.

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