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Opera Exchange — Coming Home: Handel’s Hercules

Opera Exchange

On Friday, April 4, join us as we explore Hercules and examine music’s role, both historical and contemporary, in the rehabilitation and re-integration of those touched by war. At this special Opera Exchange, Peter Sellars will be joined by former CBC war correspondent Brian Stewart, musicologists Kip Pegley and Susan McClary, 18th-century literary/drama scholar Brian Corman as well as veterans from World War II and the wars in Korea, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. 

This special Opera Exchange may be over, but you can watch the events unfold in the video below, you can also view the #OperaExchange hashtag to see what kind of conversations we had throughout the day.

Coming Home: Handel’s Hercules

Friday, April 4, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON M5S 3K7 - View Map


9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Welcome and introductory remarks
Sherry Lee, Associate Professor, Faculty of Music (History and Culture), University of Toronto.

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Peter Sellars in conversation with Susan McClary
Peter Sellars, Director, Hercules; Susan McClary, Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University. Chaired by Sherry Lee.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. "English Opera or Dramatic Oratorio: Handel’s Hercules"
Brian Corman, Professor, Department of English and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto. Chaired by Sherry Lee.

11:15 a.m. -11:35 a.m. BREAK

11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. "American Hercules: Cleaning Up the Operatic Stables"
Susan McClary, Chaired by Sherry Lee.

12:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. LUNCH

1:45 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Introduction to afternoon session
Katherine Semcesen, Associate Director, Education and Outreach, Canadian Opera Company.

1:50 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. “Music and Canadian Veterans: Past Practices, Future Hope"
Kip Pegley, Associate Professor, School of Music, Queen’s University (Kingston). Chaired by Katherine Semcesen.

2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m. BREAK

2:50 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Introduction to panel discussion
Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager, Canadian Opera Company.

2:55 p.m. – 3:55 p.m. Aftermath and Injury: The Hard Return from War
Panel discussion moderated by Brian Stewart, Former Foreign Correspondent and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs. Panelists: Daryl Bradley, Corporal, 1 CDHSR (Retired); Romeo Daley, President of Korea Veterans Association Unit 15 Niagara; Anthony Feinstein, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto and Director, Neuropsychiatry Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; David Quick, Lieutentant-Colonel (Retired), SMV, CD; Peter Sellars.

3:55 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
John English, Director, Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History

Presented in partnership with The Munk School of Global Affairs and the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.


Images: (top) Banner image by BT/A; (middle) (l – r) Alice Coote as Dejanira, Eric Owens as Hercules, Lucy Crowe as Iole, Marckarthur Johnson as a soldier and Richard Croft as Hyllus in the Canadian Opera Company/Lyric Opera of Chicago (LOC) co-production of Hercules, 2011, LOC. Photo: Dan Rest

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



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