Please note: All upcoming Opera Talks have been cancelled for the rest of the 2019/2020 season. For more information about the COC's response to COVID-19,
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Opera Talks


Opera Talks is a FREE  series of lectures presented by the Canadian Opera Company in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Wayne Gooding and guest speaker SarahRose Black invite you to explore the COC’s 2019/2020 season in this series of engaging conversations.

MARCH 25: MUSIC & MENTAL HEALTH

This event has been cancelled. To learn more about the COC’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, click here.

Music & Mental Health 
Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave E, North York
March 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.

 Explore the art and science of music’s impact on our physical, mental, and emotional health with accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black and cellist Andrew Ascenzo. Participants will discover how music can punctuate life's most important moments, and learn more about music’s important role in the healthcare industry and personal wellness. This casual evening event will include live performances. Free program, please call 416-395-5710 to register.

APRIL 1: THE GRANDEUR OF VERDI'S FIRST FINALE

This event has been cancelled. To learn more about the COC’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, click here.

The Grandeur of Verdi’s First Finale
Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave E, North York
Wednesday April 1, 2020, 7 p.m.

Verdi thought Aida would be his last opera — and while it turned out his masterpieces Otello and Falstaff were still to come, Aida nonetheless stands as a high point of his career, praised for its melding of French Grand Opera with the melodic drive of the Italian tradition. In advance of the Canadian Opera Company’s staging this spring, this session will highlight the elements that make Aida arguably the grandest of Italian Grand Operas. Free program, please call 416-395-5710 to register.



Wayne Gooding
Wayne Gooding 
is a Toronto-based writer and was, before retiring in 2017, editor of Opera Canada magazine for more than two decades. In an earlier career as a business journalist, he wrote for such publications as The Financial PostReport on Business and Far Eastern Economic Review, and served as editor of Canadian BusinessMarketing Magazine and Financial Post Magazine. Over the past decade, he has increasingly focused on his lifelong interest in opera and music theatre. Besides Opera Canada, his byline has appeared in PlaybillOpera Now, American Record Guide and The Wagner Journal, and he maintains a busy schedule as a lecturer and speaker. For the COC, he is also one of the pre-performance chatt speakers, giving lectures 45 minutes before performances. 


SarahRose Black is an accredited music therapist and registered psychotherapist specializing in palliative care and psychosocial oncology at both the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Kensington Hospice in Toronto. She is a pianist, vocalist and music health educator, and has performed, taught and presented on her clinical work and research across Canada. SarahRose has published on music and health care, music therapy, as well as oncology, palliative and end of life care in a number of academic journals and media outlets. She holds a Master of Arts in Music Education and a Master of Music Therapy, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, researching music in the context of assisted dying.

Admission: FREE but advanced registration is recommended by calling the library branch holding the event. 


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