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This session has been organized by the Personal and Cultural Enrichment Program (PACE) of McGill's School of Continuing Studies, in collaboration with CIRMMT and the Montreal Opera.

  • Special Event
When Jun 04, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Tanna Schulich Hall, New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke Street West.
Contact Name
Contact Phone 514 398 5212
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Registration is mandatory: The Science of Opera

PRICE: $49.00

Current McGill students and McGill alumni will receive a 20% discount off the session fee.  Current McGill staff will receive a 50% discount off the session fee.  A cancellation policy does apply.


During this 3 hour session, participants will get the chance to understand the science of the Opera by being presented with research into our neurological relationship to sound, which will then be interpreted by performers from the Montreal Opera and pieces taken from the current production of Faust. Dr Robert Zatorre (Montreal Neurological Institute) will provide an introduction to the brain and the circuits most relevant for music, the nature of specialization of the musician's brain and necessary brain circuits for musical emotion. Dr Boris Kleber (University of Tübingen, Germany) will present on the basics of song physiology and vocal control as well as the nature of the singer's brain and what makes it special. Dr Isabelle Peretz (Université de Montréal) discusses her own research on tone-deafness or amusia, what happens when the brain is out of tune and why some people simply just can’t sing. 

Guests / speakers

Robert Zatorre, Montreal Neurological Institute

Boris Kleber, University of Tübingen, Germany

Isabelle Peretz, Université de Montréal

Performers from the Montreal Opera

For more information

PACE: Personal and Cultural Enrichment

Event webpage: The Science of Opera

Telephone: 514 398 5212

Email: pace.scs [AT] 


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