Opera Talks


Opera Talks is a FREE  series of lectures presented by the Canadian Opera Company in partnership with the Toronto Public Library. Margaret Cormier and Wayne Gooding invite you to explore the COC’s 2018/2019 season in this series of engaging conversations.



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. 


Margaret Cormier is a PhD candidate in musicology at McGill University, where she has been a teacher’s assistant and guest lecturer in music history. She holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Voice Performance (2013) and a Master of Arts in Musicology (2015) from Western University. Recently, she has presented her work on opera at professional conferences in Oxford, San Francisco, and Dublin. Her current research considers the role of staging and production in creating operatic meaning, and focuses on representations of sexual violence on the operatic stage. Her PhD dissertation is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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


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