Opera Talks

Casual. Informative. Real.

A FREE and interactive series presented by the COC in partnership with Opera Canada magazine and Toronto’s North York Central Library. Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding uses audio and visual elements to explore works from the COC’s 2016/17 season.

Location: North York Central Library, Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St.
Admission: FREE but advance registration is
recommended: 416-395-5639

This season's talks explore the theme of Opera and Revolution. Two of the COC's productions this season were inspired by political upheaval on both sides of the Atlantic in the 19th century. Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle was born of the composer’s own direct experience with revolts in 1848 and 1849 that aimed to replace absolutist rule with democratic institutions. Götterdämmerung, the last part of the cycle, portrays the final destruction of the old order, though the hero most responsible loses his life in the process.

Harry Somers’ Louis Riel follows seminal political upheavals in Canadian history immediately after confederation in 1867, events that helped build the young country but also led to the execution of its titular hero. In two audio-visual presentations, Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding introduces these two grand operas and their contrasting treatment of heroic leaders.

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG – January 24, 2017


Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7 p.m. – Rebel Without a Cause: Is Siegfried really the hero of Wagner’s Götterdämmerung?

Brünnhilde, Siegfried and the Rhinemaidens in the Canadian Opera Company’s 2006 production of Götterdämmerung. Photo: Michael Cooper

LOUIS RIEL – April 13, 2017


Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7 p.m. – Rebel Without a Chance: How does Louis Riel draw the line between hero and anti-hero?

Wayne Gooding, Editor, Opera Canada.

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