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. In a series of three talks entitled Opera in Performance: Aspects of Love, Opera Canada editor Wayne Gooding uses audio and visual elements to explore works from the COC’s 2015/16 season in which passions run high and the course of true love certainly doesn’t run smooth!

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



La Traviata – October 6, 2015


Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 7 p.m. – Looking for love in Verdi’s La Traviata

A high-class Parisian courtesan, her lover and his father run the gamut from love at first sight to tragic loss in the world’s most popular opera.

Marina Rebeka as Violetta in La Traviata (Lyric Opera of Chicago, 2013). Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Siegfried – February 9, 2016


Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 7 p.m. – Learning to love in Wagner’s Siegfried

The comic scherzo in Wagner’s epic Ring cycle is also opera’s strangest coming of age story. What’s a boy to do when he knows little about his background—and nothing about the opposite sex?

Christian Franz in the title role slaying the dragon in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Siegfried. Photo: Michael Cooper

Maometto II – April 28, 2016


Thursday, April 28, 2016, 7 p.m. – Dying for love in Rossini’s Maometto II

In one of his most ambitious works, Rossini summons a historical clash between Islam and Christianity to frame the story of a young girl who is forced to make the ultimate choice between love and duty. 

Leah Crocetto as Anna and Luca Pisaroni as Maometto II in the Canadian Opera Company production of Maometto II, Santa Fe Opera, 2012. Photo: Ken Howard

Wayne Gooding, Editor, Opera Canada.

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