Dark, dramatic, and groundbreaking — when Elektra premiered in 1909, the New York Times described the opening night audience as "numbed, stunned, and hynotized" before they "burst into a spontaneous roar of cheers and applause." What made this Strauss opera an instant classic? Find out at our Opera 101 discussion hosted by musicologist Stephan Bonfield!
UofA Drama professor Stefano Muneroni will be this evening's special guest, talking about the basis of Elektra in ancient Greek tragedy. So grab a drink and follow Elektra's journey through history, including its adaptation into opera's greatest psychological thriller. You don't want to miss this exciting event before witnessing the Alberta premiere of Elektra in March.
Wine, beer, and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Click here to learn more about Edmonton Opera's Elektra.
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 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.
Dr. Stefano Muneroni's research is grounded in post-colonial theory and includes the study of both intercultural and border theatre. He strives to blend the theory and history of drama with the practice of the theatrical medium. Stefano has published many peer reviewed articles and textbook. He has an international profile with conference presentations in Canada, Colombia, Australia. USA, Italy, Spain and Greece. He has done dramaturgical work for both professional and university based theatre productions and some of his theatrical translations/adaptations have been produced. Stefano teaching areas at the UofA include play analysis, the modernist stage, and performance theory.
Will credit cards be accepted for payment of refreshments?
Yes, we will accept cash and credit cards for payment but not debit cards.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Closest LRT station: Churchill Station
Epark street parking is free after 6:00 pm in certain areas and there are many parkades around the area to choose from.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact our box office at 780.429.1000.