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Talking Opera at North York Central Library

Last Thursday, Katherine Semcesen (our Senior Manager of Education and Outreach) travelled to the North York Central Library to chat about opera with a near-capacity crowd of over 150 people. Intended as a basic introduction to opera for those who are just beginning to explore the art form, Katherine covered the elements of opera, the origins and history of the form, and the complex process of bringing an opera from score to stage. Aida, our upcoming season opener and a work that exemplifies the beauty and grandeur of romantic Italian opera, was used as a reference point. 

We're looking forward to the next Opera Talk, which will be on Dec. 9 at the North York Central Library. The focus of this talk will be on the differences between the well-known works of opera's "standard repertoire" and more modern works from the 20th century and later, using Mozart's The Magic Flute and Adams' Nixon in China as a reference.

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Falling in Love with Opera

A new study compares the experience of becoming an opera-lover to falling in love at first sight—a sudden, visceral, nearly overwhelming reaction upon the first listen, followed by an extended period of learning about the art form and coming to appreciate it fully. From the article:

"Benzecry said most of the interviewed fans described the intense attraction they felt the first time at the opera house as something explosive, which had intense and enduring physical effects, not dissimilar to love at first sight."


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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