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.
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By Claire Morley, Associate Manager, Editorial
If opera is a profoundly collaborative art form, it could hardly ask for a better keeper than Peter Sellars. “I don’t think of myself as a director ever,” he explains. “You have amazing people in the room – brilliant singers, composer, and usually somebody who wrote pretty amazing words. You have visual art and you have movement. Somebody has to invite all these elements to meet in interesting ways, to take risks and actually have a conversation about something that is difficult and not obvious. All of these complicated interactions need someone to help negotiate the exchange – my job is to be useful in those conditions.”
By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager
For Episode 23, the “Winding down with Dignity and Grace” edition, we welcome back opera journalist Joseph So, Ali Kashani, the COC’s Associate Director, Institutional Gifts (and opera aficionado) and, for the first time, Toronto-based arts journalist Catherine Kustanczy. Gianmarco Segato, the COC’s Adult Programs Manager is your host.
As one would expect in the opera world, not all the drama happens on the stage:
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001