Pre-performance Opera Chats

Stay tuned for the Fall 2018/2019 schedule during the first week of September.

Free, insightful and informative chats are presented by COC Education staff and featured guest speakers, 45 minutes before every main stage COC performance.

Time/Duration: 20-minute chats, 45 minutes prior to every opera performance
Tickets: No ticket necessary, free when you attend an opera. Arrive early as seating is limited. 


2018/2019 SEASON SPEAKERS

Stephan Bonfield is Lecturer in music, science and general studies at Ambrose University where he teaches the music history core program and advanced music theory. He is also research associate in an auditory neuroscience lab at the University of Calgary. Stephan runs his own music history and theory studio and is a senior examiner in both disciplines at the Royal Conservatory of Music. He is the dance critic for the Calgary Herald; reviews the performing arts at the Banff Centre plus new music concerts in Calgary. He now covers the National Ballet of Canada for Musical Toronto and lectures on opera for the Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera and Against the Grain Theatre. 

 

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).



Wayne Gooding is a Toronto-based writer and former editor of the quarterly magazine, Opera Canada. In his earlier incarnation as a business journalist, he wrote for such publications as The Financial Post, Report on Business, Policy Options and served as editor of Canadian Business, Marketing Magazine and Financial Post Magazine. Over the past decade, he has increasingly focused on a lifelong interest in opera and music theatre. Besides Opera Canada, his byline has appeared in Playbill, Opera Now and The Wagner Journal, among other publications, and he has given lectures and presentations across Canada. For the COC, he also gives the Opera Talks series at the North York Central Library.

Kyle HutchinsonKyle Hutchinson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theory at the University of Toronto. His research explores chromatic harmony in the music of Wagner and Richard Strauss. Other research interests include understanding the philosophic underpinnings of music analysis, and applying music theory to contemporary musical theatre. Kyle is also active and interested in music pedagogy, and in 2017 was one of twelve graduate students across U of T shortlisted for the university-wide award for outstanding Teaching Assistants, and has won a similar award from the Faculty of Music. Kyle has presented research at conferences across North America, and recently won the George Proctor Prize for best graduate student paper at the 2018 Canadian University Music Society Conference in Edmonton.

Brian McMillan is the Director of the Music Library at Western University in London, Ontario. In addition to a Masters of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, he holds a bachelors and masters in voice performance from McGill University. He has sung professionally with several ensembles across Canada including the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, Aradia Ensemble, Quebec's Les Violons du roy, and the chorus of the Canadian Opera Company.



Tegan Niziol is a PhD student in musicology at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examines alternative historiographical models to the narrative of musical Modernism in the early twentieth century. Prior research conducted during her undergraduate and master’s degrees focused on the historiographical causes of Rachmaninoff's diminished presence in the Western musical canon. Her article, “Progressive Chromatic Processes in Rachmaninoff’s Étude-Tableau Op. 33, No. 8” was published in Western University's Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology (2014). Her research has received generous support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in the form of a master’s level Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) Doctoral Scholarship (2018).


Matthew Timmermans is a graduate student in musicology at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He has published on a variety of topics including philosophy of music, performance practice, age studies, and diva worship. He has also received a number of awards and scholarships, including the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2016) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for his masters thesis. His forthcoming thesis, “The Diva Dilemma: A Comparative Analysis of Aging on the Operatic Stage,” examines how we interpret  an opera singer’s age on the stage. He has had the opportunity to lecture about opera at Opera Lyra, Pellegrini Opera, and McGill University, and has been invited to present his research at several conferences around the world.




SCHEDULE

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
September 30

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Stephan Bonfield

1:15 PM 
       October 4

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Stephan Bonfield

6:45 PM
 
 

     October 10

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

6:45 PM 
   

 October 13

Hadrian

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

6:45 PM

   

October 17

Hadrian

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

6:45 PM

October 18

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Stephan Bonfield

6:45 PM

October 19

Hadrian

Speaker: Brian McMillan

6:45 PM

 

October 20

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Stephan Bonfield

6:45 PM

October 21

Hadrian

Speaker: Brian McMillan

1:15 PM

 

October 23

Hadrian

Speaker: Catherine Willshire

6:45 PM

October 25

Hadrian

Speaker: Catherine Willshire

6:45 PM

October 26

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

6:45 PM

October 27

Hadrian

Speaker: Brian McMillan

3:45 PM

 

October 30

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

6:45 PM

 

November 3

Eugene Onegin

Speaker: Wayne Gooding

3:45 PM

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