Spice up your opera experience and learn all about the opera with Opera Talks.
Held 45 minutes prior to show time in the lower level Kaasa lobby, these complimentary sessions will let you in on interesting background information such as the opera's story, its characters and the composer's life. By the time the curtain rises, you will know the ins and outs of the opera you've come to see.
The Madama Butterfly Opera Talk will be presented by Brianna Wells.
Brianna Wells has been an avid opera fan since she attended an Edmonton Opera production of La Bohème at the age of eight. Today, Brianna is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alberta in the department of English and film studies. Her doctoral research is rooted in her professional experience as the communications manager for Edmonton Opera from 2007 to 2010. She explores the circulation of opera in contemporary North America through public discourses, technologies of distribution, popular forms and producing practices of Canadian and U.S. opera companies. Through case studies of Le nozze di Figaro and Madama Butterfly, Brianna’s research maps the circulation of operatic texts, themes, and citations through different cultural registers in the late twentieth century. Her research includes interviews with opera professionals across North America, and archival work at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Paley Centre for Media Studies and Opera America’s National Opera Center.
Brianna received her MA in English from McGill University and a bachelor of arts (honours) from the University of British Columbia. She holds a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has recently published in 19th-Century Music and Opera America Magazine. Brianna is honoured to be joining Edmonton Opera for this April’s pre-opera talks on Madama Butterfly and has already begun combing through her Butterfly notes in search of exciting opera information to share!