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. This season, the staging of opera takes the focus in a series of three talks: First Nights, Faux Traditions and Fresh Starts - An introduction to director’s theatre in opera through three dysfunctional families. Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding uses audio and visual elements to illuminate three operas from the COC's 14-15 season, examining the way production styles have changed from the works' premieres up to the present day.

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

 

 

Don Giovanni – November 19, 2014

  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 7 p.m. – Don Giovanni: Living at home with the Commendatore.

Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, examines the different ways Mozart's darkly witty masterpiece has been translated to the stage from its premiere in 1787 up to the present day. Special attention will be given to Dmitri Tcherniakov's new COC production which opens the 2015 winter season.

Russell Braun as Don Giovanni in the Canadian Opera Company/Teatro Real Madrid (TRM)/Festival d’Aix-en-Provence/Bolshoi Theatre co-production of Don Giovanni, 2013, TRM. Photo: Javier del Real

Die Walküre – January 27, 2015

  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 7 p.m. – Die Walküre: A revolutionary approach to family ties that get too close.

Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, examines the different ways Wagner's matchless epic has been translated to the stage from its premiere in 1870 up to the present day. Special attention will be given to the winter 2015 revival of Atom Egoyan's COC production.

The Valkyries in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Die Walküre, 2006. Photographer: Michael Cooper

The Barber of Seville – April 14, 2015

  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 7 p.m. – The Barber of Seville: Making merry with the generation gap.

Wayne Gooding, editor of Opera Canada magazine, examines the different ways Rossini's riotous romp has been translated to the stage from its premiere in 1816 up to the present day. Special attention will be given to Els Comediants' new COC production which opens the 2015 spring season.

(l-r) Patrick Carfizzi as Dr. Bartolo and Nathan Gunn as Figaro in the Canadian Opera Company/Houston Grand Opera(HGO)/Opéra National de Bordeaux co-production of The Barber of Seville, 2011, HGO. Photo: Felix Sanchez


Wayne Gooding, Editor, Opera Canada.

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