The Opera Exchange

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Delve into the social, political and artistic implications of selected COC operas with international academics and members of the COC’s artistic and production teams.

September: Opera for Laughs: Verdi’s Falstaff and the Staging of Comedy

The Canadian Opera Company’s renowned Opera Exchange launches its 12th season on September 27, 2014 with an exploration of humour in opera, in honour of the COC’s new production of Verdi’s rollicking comedy, Falstaff. Presented as part of the Jackman Humanities Institute series “On a Lighter Note: The Musical Performance of Humour,” the afternoon event runs from 1 – 4 p.m., and features engaging presentations by Verdi scholar Emanuele Senici and Italian comic opera specialist Maria Purciello, as well as a roundtable discussion on comedy and opera with director Michael Albano, COC SURTITLES™ producer Gunta Dreifelds and music historian/ethnomusicologist Keith Johnston. Additional highlights include a performance by singers from the University of Toronto’s Opera Division of scenes from comic opera, and a panel discussion with members of the cast and creative team from the COC’s production of Falstaff including director, Robert Carsen.

As a bonus feature of this Opera Exchange event, each attendee will also receive an advance ticket to the COC’s Culture Days activity, running from 6:30 – 9 p.m. following the Exchange. The Culture Days event includes the opportunity to observe a working rehearsal of Falstaff at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Walter Hall, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music,
Edward Johnson Building’s Walter Hall
80 Queen’s Park Cres.

Tickets: $20/person; $15 for university faculty and $10 for full-time students with i.d.; free for University of Toronto faculty and full-time students with i.d.

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January: Directors Take the Stage: Debating Regieoper

Regieoper, or “director’s opera” is without a doubt the most polarizing topic in the opera world today. Join us for what promises to be a lively, engaging, and no doubt controversial afternoon of talks and discussion about the role of the stage director in contemporary opera production. Guests include Linda and Michael Hutcheon (University of Toronto); Jennifer Tarver (Artistic Director, Necessary Angel Theatre Company); Joel Ivany (Artistic Director, Against the Grain Theatre); Lawrence Wiliford (tenor); Nina Penner (McGill University) and, Wayne Gooding (editor, Opera Canada). The afternoon also features a panel discussion with members of the cast and creative team for the COC’s new, Dmitri Tcherniakov production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni including star baritone, Russell Braun.

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Walter Hall, University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music,
Edward Johnson Building’s Walter Hall
80 Queen’s Park Cres.

Tickets: $20/person; $15 for university faculty and $10 for full-time students with i.d.; free for University of Toronto Faculty of Music faculty and full-time students with i.d.

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The COC’s Opera Exchange series is presented in collaboration with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto; the Munk School of Global Affairs; and the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts.

Ambrogio Maestri as Sir John Falstaff  in the Canadian Opera Company/Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (ROH)/Metropolitan Opera/Teatro alla Scala/Dutch National Opera co-production of Falstaff, 2012, ROH. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

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