Many of us developed an affection for opera early in life through Looney Tunes versions of Rossini and Wagner. For some, having Elmer Fudd chant “Kill the Wabbit” to the tune of “Ride of the Valkyries” in Chuck Jones’s animated masterpiece taught us everything we wanted to know about opera. But if your ambition to appreciate the finer things in life extends beyond Bugs Bunny, real opera could be an intimidating world of old rich people, dead composers, elitist intellectualism and impenetrable European languages.
The Canadian Opera Company’s free-of-charge Opera 101 series strips away the elitist attitude and opens up the daunting world of opera appreciation for the under-30 crowd. On the evening of January 15 at the Drake Hotel Underground, CBC Radio’s Brent Bambury will host a conversation with tenor Robert Künzli and costume designer Astrid Janson. The COC’s upcoming production of Janacek’s From The House of the Dead will be discussed, and questions from the audience are welcome. In addition, there’ll be merchandise and ticket giveaways. The event starts at 7 p.m.