Join us an hour before the performance for a FREE informative and entertaining session on the opera you are about to enjoy. Presented at the Jubilee Auditorium on stage. Pre-show chats include notable facts about the opera, musicial highlights, background on the opera and composer as well as information on the highlights of Calgary Opera's presentation.
The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini - November 18, 22 & 24 - 6:30 p.m.
Host: Charles Foreman
Pianist Charles Foreman was born near Chicago, where he was a scholarship student of Rudolf Reuter at the American Conservatory. His undergraduate degree, awarded with high distinction, is from Indiana University, where he studied piano with Abbey Simon and Joseph Battista and conducting with Julius Herford and Fiora Contino. He also holds the Artist Diploma and Master of Music degrees from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Anton Kuerti and Katharina Wolpe. Foreman has done postgraduate work with William Aide, and also at the Juilliard School with Abbey Simon. Professor of piano at the University of Calgary from 1973 - 2009, Foreman also served at various times as Assistant Dean of Fine Arts and as Head of the Performance Area. His students continue to win prizes in local, regional, national and international competitions, and he held key roles in establishing the Department of Music’s innovative master classes and in founding the University’s Celebrity Series. His close ties with virtually every arts organization in Alberta as well as many national and international institutions have made him sought-after as a giver of master classes and workshops, and as a juror. He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2002, and has taught at Mount Royal Conservatory since 2008. He was appointed Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Calgary in May, 2010.
Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - February 3, 7 & 9, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Host: Stephan Bonfield
Stephan earned his BA In undergraduate Music History and Literature from the University of Toronto, and then his MA Musicology with a concentration in Music Theory from the University of Calgary. He followed this with graduate studies in Psychology but moved to the Faculty of Medicine where he next completed his MSc. in Neuroscience. He has co-authored many scientific papers, and is involved with several projects at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, including on-going research in auditory behaviour and neurophysiology, working with Dr. Jun Yan. In addition, he continues to manage an avian flu laboratory at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He operates his own busy music history and theory studio and currently lectures at Ambrose University, where he recently offered a fourth-year course in Music Analysis and Aesthetics, and is currently teaching core music history. He is a senior Examiner with the Royal Conservatory of Music in both history and theory, and is a freelance reviewer for the Calgary Herald of concerts and arts events in Calgary and the Banff Centre. He has served as a writer and a public lecturer to many music organizations in Alberta, and frequently gives talks at the Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera and Calgary Opera.
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini - April 14, 18 & 20, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Host: Cody Obst
Cody Obst is known as a passionate and talented conductor, pianist, vocal coach, and organist. He is extremely active in the Calgary music scene, presenting over 50 concerts annually in addition to maintaining a demanding musical life as a church organist and music director. Currently, Cody is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Calgary Women's Chorus and Music Director at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. He performs regularly as a pianist and is also dedicated to teaching.