Join us for an evening of discussion surrounding Edmonton Opera's upcoming production of Rossini's Cinderella!
Hosted by musicologist Stephan Bonfield with special guest Natalie Kononenko from the UofA Modern Languages department, Opera 101 is a chance to engage with the themes in Cinderella and learn about the opera's whimsical origins. In a relaxed environment, seasoned opera enthusiasts and newcomers alike may engage in creative conversations before experiencing the production at the Jubilee.
Wine, beer and refreshments will be available for purchase.
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 visual behaviour and optokinetics, working with Dr. Bill Stell and Dr. Torben Bech-Hansen. 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.
Natalie is a professor at the University of Alberta's Modern Languages and Cultural Studies Department, where she also serves as the Kule Chair in Ukrainian Ethnography. She received her PhD in Slavic and Near Eastern Languages, Literatures, and Folklore from Harvard University. In 1974 Natalie was hired by the University of Virginia and worked there until 2004. During her stay at the University she served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She taught Russian language, Russian literature, and her beloved folklore courses. Her proudest accomplishment is the development of the folklore program which grew to a full series of courses and attracted hundreds of students. Natalie’s publications include Ukrainian Minstrels: And the Blind Shall Sing, Slavic Folklore – A Handbook, The Magic Egg and Other Tales from Ukraine, The Turkish Minstrel Tale Tradition, Ukrainian Dumy and articles on ritual, performance and the oral process, the use of digital technologies in folklore, among other topics. The book Ukrainian Minstrels won national and international best book awards.