For each production, we assemble an exciting roster of guest speakers to give patrons background information on our productions, discuss the production, and answer audience questions. Performance ticket-holders are invited to join us in the lower lobby of the Elgin Theatre 45 minutes before the performance for one of our free “Pre-Performance Chats”.
Oct 25 and Nov 3 – Deanna Gontard
Deanna is an educator who has served as a high school teacher and principal. She has also taught additional qualification courses for teachers at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. Deanna holds a bachelor and master’s degree in education from the University of Toronto and completed her doctoral work in French Linguistics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Deanna’s interests encompass a wide variety of art forms – she is presently a docent at the Royal Ontario Museum and a valued member of the COC President’s Council. Her interests encompass a wide range of art forms including music and opera.
Oct 27 – Ed Wright
Ed Wright received my PhD in Historical Musicology from the University of Toronto in 2017. His dissertation was on electronic dance music production practice. During this time he was able to teach a music history survey course (1750-Present), and act as the Head TA for both that course and the earlier survey course (Medieval-1750). He has also given guest lectures on a wide range of topics such as the Renaissance madrigal, the music of JS Bach, vocalizations in hip-hop, and the history of electronic dance music. Currently, he is completing my Masters of Teaching degree at U of T.
Oct 28 – Leonard Rosmarin
Dr. Leonard Rosmarin is Professor Emeritus of French literature at Brock University, and has been Visiting Professor at the School for Doctoral Studies at the University of Perpignan in France. On his retirement, Brock University set up a scholarship in his honour. He has written ten books including a study on the relationship between opera and literature titled When Literature Becomes Opera. He has been decorated twice by the Government of France in recognition of his outstanding services in the cause of French letters. He is also a self-confessed opera addict from way back.
Nov 2 – Dr. Roberto Nickel
Graduate Program Director at Brock University and Assistant Professor, Greek Epic and Mythology.
Professor Nickel’s research interests focus on ancient epic, particularly the poems of Homer, Hesiod, and the Hymnic corpus, and on oral poetic theory and narratology. Recent publications include articles on Homer’s Iliad and the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. Current research projects include stories of the past in Homer’s Odyssey, Heracles in the epic tradition, and Hera in Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns.