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 26 and 28 – Deanna Gontard, a teacher, principal and educator with a Master’s degree in education from U of T. Her interests encompass a wide range of art forms including music and opera.
Oct 29 – Brayton Polka & Mark Whale: Special lecture by Dr. Brayton Polka, Professor Emeritus of Humanities at York University in Toronto, and a long time music and opera lover. Dr. Polka is joined by violinist Dr. Mark Whale.
Oct 31 and Nov 3 – Leonard Rosmarin, Professor Emeritus of French literature at Brock University, is a self-confessed opera addict who has written 13 books, including a study on the relationship between opera and literature.
Nov 4 – Gillian Story, a devotee of opera since the age of six. Gillian has a degree in Music from Concordia University, and up until recently was the manager of the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory.