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.
- Cinderella | Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. | CKUA downtown | Musicologist Stephan Bonfield and University of Alberta literature professor Natalie Kononenko traced the origins of Cinderella in folklore and myth.
- Elektra | Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. | CKUA downtown | Stephan Bonfield hosted a thorough discussion about the music and tragic elements of the upcoming Elektra, with special guest Dr. Stefano Muneroni of the University of Alberta Drama Department. Watch on our YouTube channel.
- 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