Join Edmonton Opera for a series of thought-provoking and informative panel discussions surrounding the 2013/14 season, including Salome, Die Fledermaus and Madama Butterfly. Not only for the opera-curious, this series will emphasis the multi-disciplinary nature of the art form with guest speakers from the realms of history, political science, music and much more.
All Opera 101 events will be held in the Ledcor Theatre at the Art Gallery of Alberta from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is free, but please RSVP to 780.392.7832 or email@example.com.
Madama Butterfly — Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Moderated by Stephan Bonfield, panelists will include Aya Fujiwara (University of Alberta department of history & classics) and Kim Mattice Wanat (Opera Nuova).
Stephan Bonfield earned his BA in undergraduate music history and literature from the University of Toronto, and then his MA musicology (music theory) from the University of Calgary. He then moved to the faculty of medicine where he completed his MSc in neuroscience at U of C where he is currently a research associate working in auditory behaviour and neurophysiology. He lectures at Ambrose University College in Calgary, teaching music history and advanced music theory. He is a senior examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music in history and theory, and is a freelance arts reviewer for the Calgary Herald both in Calgary and the Banff Centre. He frequently gives talks at the Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera and Calgary Opera.
Aya Fujiwara received her Ph.D from the department of history and classics at the University of Alberta. She is a specialist in ethnic, immigration and racial history of Canada. She is the author of Ethnic Elite and Canadian Identity: Japanese, Ukrainians, and Scots, 1919-1971 (University of Manitoba Press 2012), and has published several articles on the topics of Japanese Canadians and ethno-racial discourses. After serving as a political researcher/advisor at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa (2008-09), and L. R. Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University (2009-2011), she taught Canadian history and Asian history at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University as a contract instructor.
Kim Mattice Wanat received her training in drama and voice at the University of Alberta, and has since instructed at this institution for 24 years. In 1999, she founded Opera NUOVA (Newly United Operatic Vocalists Association), and continues on in the role of artistic and managing director. Opera NUOVA is dedicated to the advanced training and promotion of operatic vocalists and collaborative pianists across Canada, offering a bridge between the academic and professional world and has developed a reputation as one of the best training programs in the country. Ms. Mattice Wanat directs opera for the mainstage and school tours of Opera NUOVA. She recently produced and directed Naomi’s Road which is presently touring throughout Edmonton schools.
You can view previous panel discussions on our YouTube channel: