Edmonton’s vibrant arts scene offers the University community unique opportunities for learning, research and delight. This year, Edmonton Opera produces a new Canadian opera called Lilies, composed by Kevin March​,​ with libretto by Michel ​Marc ​Bouchard. Research units at the U of A are teaming up with Edmonton Opera to investigate the inner workings of​the ​operatic creation.

The opera sets the story of Bouchard’s well-known play Les Feluettes​, building on musical genres ranging from European art music to​French-Canadian folk tunes. The Canadian Literature Centre and Sound Studies Initiative are exploring the sounds and story of this work during “Lilies Day at the U of A” on October 20th.

Lilies Day” comprises two free events that are open to the public. First, the CLC host​s​ librettist and playwright Michel Marc​ ​Bouchard for a​ special​ reading in their Brown​ Bag Lunch​ series at noon on October 20th. Then at 2:00 pm, the Sound Studies Initiative hosts an interactive listening event exploring the  musical inspirations behind the opera. This Sound Session is led by ethnomusicologist Dr. Julia Byl, and features​ Lilies ​composer Kevin March.

Lilies Day at the U of A” is part of Edmonton Opera‘s community programming for this opera.

​For more information about Lilies day, please contact the Sound Studies Initiative (ssiresearch@ualberta.ca) or the CLC (​purcell1@ualberta.ca​).

​For more information on other ​Lilies ​events​ in Edmonton​,​ visit www.edmontonopera.com​.

Interview requests with Michel Marc Bouchard and Kevin March should be directed to ​cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com.