This outreach event is offered free of charge and is open to the public.

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Opera on the Couch Event


Music by Benjamin Britten
Sung in English with English supertitles

Meet Billy. He’s handsome, honest and good. He’s also doomed.
When young Billy is pressed into naval service, the recruit's youth and innocence arouse devotion from the crew. But one commanding officer's dark desires threaten to end Billy's career — for good. Britten's masterpiece, based on the novella by Herman Melville, returns in a critically acclaimed production from Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage.

Opera's Name: BILLY BUDD
Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Time: The performance begins at 2:00 PM and the discussions begin about 20 minutes after the final curtain.
Location: Opera Performance will be at:
War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94107

Discussions will be at:
Books, Inc.
601 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94103
Discussants: Milton Schaefer, PhD; and Jeanne Harasemovitch, LCSW
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, MD

For the opera performance, please purchase your ticket(s) at the San Francisco Opera's website. The post-performance discussion is FREE and open to the public. There will be time for questions, and audience members may share their thoughts on this thought-provoking opera.