OPERA PLUS EVENTS
Lecture: Verdi in the Shadow of the Symphony
Verdi's operas in the broader context of 19th century musical culture will be explored. At that time, the Austro-German symphony reigned supreme as the benchmark for "serious" music, while opera - especially Italian opera - was largely considered mere entertainment. Professor James Maiello, Desaultels Faculty of Music, University of Manitoba, will argue that Verdi's operas challenged this status by drawing on the music traditions of crchestral music, Wagnerian opera, and other influences to give Italian opera gravitas. Verdi's Falstaff will provide a prism through which to view a larger cultural phenomenon.
Opera Primer: Falstaff
Music expert Don Anderson will give an hour-long presentation focusing on the composer and synopsis, with DVD excerpts.
Lecture: The Many Faces of Falstaff
An illustrated talk by Brandon Christopher, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Winnipeg on the history of the character of Sir John Falstaff, from his roots pre-Shakespeare to the present day.
Film Screening: The Chimes at Midnight
The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff—the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal—here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film as a lament, he said, “for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything in the director’s body of work—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its heart.
Friday, November 25, 5:30 pm
Piano Nobile, Centennial Concert Hall
Price: $50 per person, inlcudes taxes and gratuity
Ploughman's Plate Tableside Starter (Scotch egg, Branson pickle, pate & stilton cheese)
Guinness Braised Shortrib "Handpies"
Bangers & Mash - Apple & Chicken Sausage & Pomme Puree with Creme Fraiche & Chives
Heirloom Carrots with Parsnip & Brown Butter Glaze
Bubble & Squeak with Pea & Mint
Starter - Herbed White Bean Pate
Main - Grilled Belgian Endive with Sauce Gribiche
and Pumpkin Ravioli with Leek Fondant and Sage Brown Butter.
Dessert: Sticky Toffee Pudding
Pre-show chat by Simeon Rusnak included.
Livia Dymond, 204-942-7470
French Opera Course
Six Wednesdays, March 22 to April 26
10 am to noon
McNally Robinson Booksellers
1120 Grant Ave.
Explore the melodious, beautiful, and colourful world of French opera in this grandly entertaining course presented by music expert Don Anderson. You'll hear and watch DVD and CD selections from more than 40 operas performed by a host of fabulous singers and including many pieces you might not be familiar with.
To register, call 204-475-0483, visit the store, or log on to mcnallyrobinson.com and click Community Classroom. Please note that content, fees and dates are subject to change.
CDs TO BORROW OR PURCHASE
Manitoba Opera loans out CDs, DVDs and books from its resource library.
Click here to view catalogue.
Call Livia at 204-942-7470 for more information.