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Stimulate. Contemplate. Connect.

Free, insightful and informative chats are presented by COC Education staff and featured guest speakers, 45 minutes before every main stage COC performance.

Time/Duration: 20-minute chats, 45 minutes prior to every opera performance
Tickets: No ticket necessary, free when you attend an opera. Arrive early as seating is limited. 




 

 

 

2015/16 Season Speakers

Stephan Bonfield is Lecturer in music, science and general studies at Ambrose University, where he teaches the music history core program and advanced music theory. He is also research associate in an auditory neuroscience lab at the University of Calgary.  He runs his own music history and theory studio and is also senior examiner in both disciplines at the Royal Conservatory of Music.  He is ballet and dance critic for the Calgary Herald and reviews the performing arts at the Banff Centre plus new music concerts in Calgary.  He now covers the National Ballet ballet for Musical Toronto.  He lectures on opera for the Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera, and Against the Grain Theatre. 

 

 

 

 

As Director of Education for Seattle Opera, Sue Elliott redesigned the company's public programs, commissioned Jack Perla’s An American Dream, and produced their most successful RingFest ever. A popular lecturer at home and abroad, she also hosted Saturday Night Opera on King-FM. At Houston Grand Opera, she created the award-winning Song of Houston initiative, including 19 new works that have served more than 400,000 people worldwide. Sue started in opera as a stage manager at the COC and worked in that capacity across the US. An accomplished clarinetist and pianist, Sue holds degrees from the University of Southern California, University of Toronto, and McGill. Currently, she directs The Royal Conservatory of Music’s new Teacher Certification and Network programs.

 

 

Wayne Gooding is a Toronto-based writer and editor of the quarterly magazine, Opera Canada. In his earlier incarnation as a business journalist, he wrote for such publications as The Financial Post, Report on Business, Policy Options and served as editor of Canadian Business, Marketing Magazine and Financial Post Magazine. Over the past decade, he has increasingly focused on a lifelong interest in opera and music theatre. Besides Opera Canada, his byline has appeared in Playbill, Opera Now and The Wagner Journal, among other publications, and he has given lectures and presentations across Canada. For the COC, he also gives the Opera Talks series at the North York Central Library.

 

 

 

Brian McMillan is the Director of the Music Library at Western University in London, Ontario. In addition to a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, he holds a bachelors and masters in voice performance from McGill University. He has sung professionally with several ensembles across Canada including the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Aradia Ensemble, Quebec's Les Violons du roy, and the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gianmarco Segato is Adult Programs Manager for the COC in which capacity he writes for the company’s publications; programs and manages the Opera Insights, Opera Talks and Opera Connect programs and, has hosted the Big COC Podcast. He was previously manager of the COC’s Opera Shop. As a baritone, he has recently appeared in The Glenn Gould School’s production of Offenbach’s La belle Hélène; in Against the Grain Theatre’s Messiah and, has sung roles with Opera by Request in Hamlet, Werther and Adriana Lecouvreur. He is an avid cyclist, cook and enjoys seeing opera wherever he travels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE

Monday     Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
12 Apr  17 Apr
Carmen Carmen
Speaker: 
Sue Elliott

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Brian McMillan


1:15 p.m.
  20 Apr 23 Apr
Carmen  Carmen
Speaker: 
Sue Elliott

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Brian
McMillan

6:45 p.m.
28 Apr 29 Apr 30 Apr 1 May
Carmen  Maometto II Carmen Maometto II
Speaker: 
Sue Elliott

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Gianmarco
Segato

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Brian
McMillan

3:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Wayne Gooding

1:15 p.m.
3 May  4 May  5 May 6 May  7 May 8 May 
Maometto II Carmen Maometto II Carmen Maometto II Carmen
Speaker: 
Gianmarco Segato

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Sue Elliott


6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Gianmarco Segato

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Brian McMillan

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Wayne Gooding

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Brian
McMillan

1:15 p.m.
10 May  11 May  12 May 13 May  14 May 15 May 
Carmen Maometto II Carmen  Carmen Maometto II Carmen
Speaker: 
Sue Elliott


6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Wayne Gooding

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Stephan
Bonfield

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Stephan
Bonfield

6:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Wayne Gooding

3:45 p.m.
Speaker: 
Stephan
Bonfield

1:15 p.m.

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Speaker:Leonard Rosmarin 
1:15 p.m.

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