Opera behind the scenes 

Opera Academy of California presents "Gems of Russian Opera," a special arts event featuring a master class and performance led by Yefim Maizel, the internationally renowned stage director from the Metropolitan Opera, and conductor Alexander Katsman, alumnus of the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program.

The combination will offer a special opportunity for opera fans and newcomers to experience the behind-the-scenes work and dedication exhibited by singers, conductors and directors. The program will showcase six singers performing scenes and arias from Russian operas by Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky. Each performer will receive live one-on-one coaching from Maizel and Katsman.

The master class is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., and the final performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 100 Diamond St., San Francisco. Tickets for each part of the program are $25 to $40; call (415) 642-0176 or visit www.opera-academy.com.

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