Join Edmonton Opera for a series of complimentary thought-provoking and informative panel discussions surrounding each season. At Opera 101, we invite experts from various disciplines to offer context and perspective on the upcoming productions. In a relaxed environment, seasoned opera enthusiasts and newcomers alike may engage in creative conversations before experiencing the production at the Jubilee.
- Turandot | Musicologist Stephan Bonfield and Dr. Daniel Fried, professor at the University of Alberta East Asian Studies department discussed the music, characters, and orientalism of Puccini's epic final masterpiece. Stay tuned for video snippets from this informative evening!
- Cinderella | Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. | CKUA downtown | Speakers will be announced soon!
- Elektra | Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. | CKUA downtown | Speakers will be annouced soon!
- Mary Stuart | View the discussion with musicologist Stephan Bonfield and Dr. Piet Defraeye, Drama professor at the University of Alberta.
- The Merry Widow | View the discussion with musicologist Stephan Bonfield and Joseph Patrouch, director of the Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the University of Alberta
- Carmen | View the discussion with musicologist Stephan Bonfield and the presentation by scenery designer Camellia Koo.
You can view previous panel discussions on our YouTube channel:
- Donizetti's music (Stephan Bonfield)
- Lucia's madness (Dr. Alec Oskin)
- Literary aspect of Lucia di Lammermoor (Brianna Wells)
- Mozart's music (Stephan Bonfield)
- Historical Viennese context (Joseph Patrouch)
- Staging The Magic Flute (Kim Mattice-Wanat)
- The history of comedy in The Barber of Seville (Stephan Bonfield)
- Staging the opera (director Allison Grant)
- The music of The Barber of Seville (maestro Robert Dean)
- Rossini's composition and singing Figaro (Phillip Addis)
- Opera: an art that works "in between" (Brianna Wells)
- Stephan Bonfield speaking about Madama Butterfly's synopsis
- Aya Fujiwara and a perspective on Puccini's Japan
- Kim Mattice Wanat about the staging of Butterfly (audience questions are also included in this clip)
- Part 1: Stephan Bonfield on Salome
- Part 2: Benjamin Garstad on Salome
- Part 3: panel discussion on Salome