Opera & Ballet

These presentations are conducted in a dramatic and anecdotal manner.

For young people, it is best if students are grouped by age (6-8, 9-12, 13 and up). Vocabulary can then be geared to the audience. Discussions are lively and age appropriate. All presentations are suitable for adults.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio

"... so good, I couldn't blink!"
Hector Berlioz: Béatrice et Bénédict

Georges Bizet: Carmen

"I loved every minute of it."
Gaetano Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, Lucia di Lammermoor

Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

"...an incredible experience."
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte

Giacomo Puccini: Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Girl of the Golden West, Il Tabarro, Turandot, La Bohème

"...you are a great artist."
Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

Gioacchino Rossini: The Barber of Seville

"...storyteller extraordinaire."
Johann Strauss: Der Zigeuner Baron (The Gypsy Baron)

Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos

"...a huge success...."
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Aida, Otello, Il Trovatore


Adolphe Adam: Giselle (National Ballet of Canada)

Léo Delibes: Coppélia (Bruhn/National Ballet of Canada)

"...I was moved to tears..."
Franz Léhar: The Merry Widow

Léon Minkus: Don Quixote (National Ballet of Canada)

Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Cranko/National Ballet of Canada)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky:
Swan Lake (Kudelka/National Ballet of Canada)
Swan Lake (Bolshoi Ballet)
Swan Lake (Bruhn/National Ballet of Canada)
Sleeping Beauty (Nureyev/National Ballet of Canada)
Onegin (Cranko/National Ballet of Canada)
"...makes the music come to life."