Mar 05, 2020 12:30pm
Venue Baumann Centre
Cost Free / donations gratefully accepted
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Explore themes from opera as they relate to the world you live in today. This series connects the issues on your news feed to the operatic art form.
Coming up on Opera Today…
- INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 12:30 pm
The Baumann Centre
A celebration of women who have had an impact on the world of Opera
Previously, on Opera Today…
- TRADITIONAL OPERA THROUGH TODAY’S LENS
Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:00pm. Royal Theatre Lobby
Traditional opera in a contemporary world: should we keep singing these stories?
A panel discussion with guests Joel Ivany Artistic Director, Against the Grain Theatre; Caleb Marshall, Managing Artistic Director of The Canadian College of Performing Arts; Benjamin Butterfield, Head of Voice and Co-Head of Performance at University of Victoria
- IESTYN DAVIES IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT HOLLISTON
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 | 12:00pm. Christ Church Cathedral, Chapel of the New Jerusalem
Renowned British countertenor Iestyn Davies in conversation with Robert Holliston about Baroque music, its current popularity, and the role of the countertenor.
- DISCOVERING THE COWICHAN OPERA
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | 7 pm. The Baumann Centre
Tzinquaw is a full opera based on a Quw’utsun legend. First performed in 1950, it was born out of a friendship between a music teacher in Duncan and his Quw’utsun student, Abel Joe. It featured an all-Cowichan cast and even toured across BC. This Opera Today session shared music, history and images from this historic and little known event. Special guest Ron Rice, a descendant of an original cast member shared stories and insights into this historic production. The evening also included a performance by the Tzinquaw Dancers, an Indigenous youth ensemble who explore traditional music of these territories.
- A CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN DOVE
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 7:00 pm | The Baumann Centre
Composer Jonathan Dove, who is visiting Victoria for the Canadian première of his opera Flight, will talk about his life, his passions, and his music, including the impact of his breakthrough opera, Flight, which was inspired by the story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, a refugee who lived for 18 years in Terminal 1 of the Charles de Gaulle airport.
In addition, special guest Sabine Lehr will share stories of the work of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) in sponsoring refugee families. She will offer a current, global picture of the character that is the basis for the opera Flight. Sabine is Private Sponsorship of Refugees Manager at ICA and an associate faculty member in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University, where her research focus is immigration and refugee issues. She is a member of the Executive of the Canadian Council for Refugees and of the Council of the Canadian Refugee Sponsorship Agreement Holders Association.
Rebecca Hass, Pacific Opera’s Director of Community Engagement, hosted this special event.
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