Opera 101

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.


2017/18 Season

2016/17 Season

  • 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.

2015/16 season

You can view previous panel discussions on our YouTube channel.

2014/15 season

2013/14 season

2012/13 season