Opera on the Couch

Steven Goldberg, MD and Milton Schaefer, PhD, Co-Chairs

Girls of the Golden West


"You have no idea of this wild and barbarous life." —Dame Shirley

Music by John Adams  |  Libretto by Peter Sellars, drawn from original sources
Sung in English with English supertitles

In "the most eagerly anticipated new opera of the session" (The New York Times), John Adams and Peter Sellars' latest collaboration follows people from all over the world who flock to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich but are quickly caught up in the opimism, greed and prejudices of a rapidly changing world. Dame Shirley is an East Coast transplant chronicling life in the camp. Ah Sing, a Chinese immigrant, works as a prostitute but dreams of a better life. Ned Peters is a cowboy and former slave who never quite feels safe. And Josefa Segovia is a young Mexican barmaid whose act of self-preservation will change them all forever.

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017
Time: Discussions begin as soon as possible following the opera performance
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 Reyna Cowan, PsyD, LCSW
Moderator: Steven Goldberg, MD

Please join SFCP program co-chairs Dr. Steven Goldberg, MD and Dr. Milton Schaefer, PhD for a psychological perspective of the opera at our post-performance discussion, Opear on the Couch, immediately after the performance.

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