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.

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. 


JANUARY 15: THE COMIC CUT OF ROSSINI'S BARBER OF SEVILLE

The Comic Cut of Rossini’s Barber of Seville
Don Mills Library, 888 Lawrence Ave E, North York
Wednesday January 15, 2020, 7 p.m.

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville was hurriedly written over just a few short weeks — but despite these frantic origins, Beethoven believed the opera “would be played as long as opera exists” and Verdi considered it “the most beautiful opera buffa [comedic opera] that exists.” More than 200 years later, The Barber of Seville has endured as the most-performed comedy in the opera repertoire. Before it returns to the Canadian Opera Company later this winter, this session explores how Rossini expertly fused the traditions of French farce and Italian Commedia dell’Arte to create potent musical high jinx. 
Free program, please call 416-395-5710 to register.

MARCH 4: MUSIC & MENTAL HEALTH

Music & Mental Health
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St, North York
March 4, 2020, 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) 395-5639 to register.

MARCH 25: MUSIC & MENTAL HEALTH

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

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.

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