EDMONTON OPERA 2012/13 SEASON LAUNCH

For Immediate Release January 25, 2012
Media Contact Jelena Bojic, Director of Marketing & Communications
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com
780.392.7837

Joel Ivany, Opera Director for
Les Contes D’Hoffmann

Season Launch at the
Edmonton City Centre Mall

Sandra Gajic, CEO of Edmonton Opera

In announcing its 49th season, Edmonton Opera shows it is willing to break some new artistic ground by presenting five opera productions in its 2012/13 season, up from its usual three per year. The Opera will also add a traditionally popular Sunday afternoon matinee to the season as well as presenting a new Canadian series of two new second stage productions.

The Mainstage Series will start with the grandest of all operas, Aida, presented in honour of Verdi’s 200th anniversary. This inspired tale of Egypt, with its seductive slave dances, soaring arias and surging choruses will be a visually striking presentation on a new opera set and in wonderful new costumes built by our Costume Designer Deanna Finnman. Directed by Serbian opera director, Dejan Miladinovic, this Aida will feature artists Angela Brown, Carl Tanner, Elena Bocharova, Donnie Ray Albert, Burak Bilgili and Mikhail Kolelishvili.
Whether you have never been to an opera before or are the aficionado, you will fall in love with the glorious music and the grand spectacle that Aida brings.
Jubilee Auditorium, October 19th, 21st (matinee), 23rd, 25th, 2012

Les Contes d’Hoffman, a dark fairy tale of a poet looking for love, will be presented in February. Directed by Joel Ivany, one of Canada’s most innovative young opera directors, this is Offenbach’s final masterpiece with gorgeous melodies, seductive love scenes, but most of all – fantastic characters. David Pomeroy, Richard Paul Fink, Teiya Kasahara, Ileana Montalbetti, Krisztina Szabo and Lauren Segal join us for Les Contes d’Hoffman.
Jubilee Auditorium, February 1st, 3rd (matinee), 5th, 7th, 2013

Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful lyric opera, based on Pushkin’s novel, is filled with drama, beauty and romantic obsession. Directed by Maria Lamont, a Canadian Opera Director whose accomplishments include La Scala, Canadian Opera Company, Le Grand Theatre de Luxembourg and more, this Onegin will feature a cast lead by Tatiana Kuznetsova and Phillip Cutlip, including Andrej Dunaev, Olga Savova, Maria Kataeva and Ilya Bannik.
Jubilee Auditorium, April 19th, 21st (matinee), 23rd, 25th, 2013

ATB CANADIAN SERIES

A world premiere and co-production with Tapestry New Opera, Shelter is a fable about a father who protects his family at any cost, a mother who chases storms, and a nuclear physicist being a midwife to a child who glows in dark. Following this amazing story are the Atomicalia exhibit and a panel of discussions, led by University of Alberta Festival of Ideas “The Highway of the Atom – from Great Bear Lake to Japan”.
La Cite Francophone, November 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 2012

Svadba (Wedding) is an electrifying new opera about a night before the wedding, when girlfriends prepare the bride to be in a ravishing Balkan rite of passage. Composed by Montreal’s Ana Sokolovic, whose beautiful style of composition draws on her native Balkan music, combining opera with folk music, thereby creating an unforgettable experience for audience.
Eva O.Howard Auditorium at Victoria School of Arts, January 12th, 13 (matinee), 16th (matinee), 18th, 19th, 2013.

Important dates:

On sale now: 2012/13 season subscriptions are on sale now, available through our Box Office at 780.429.1000 or website www.edmontonopera.com

March 15th: Renewal subscription deadline

May 21st : Single Tickets on sale

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Storm the Stage brings arts patrons onto the opera set

Not only is the Edmonton Opera recognizing the 200th anniversary of composer Verdi’s birth with the production of Aida, but we’re also throwing a party.

The fifth annual Storm the Stage — a party on the opera set — will be held on Oct. 20, during a non- performance night of Aida. Edmontonians are invited to experience Egypt on the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium stage during this unique arts event.

Opera 101 provides context, extensive background

Before the curtain rises for Aida this October, the Edmonton Opera presents Opera 101, a panel discussion to break down the intricacies of one of Verdi’s most well-loved and grandest operas.

Five panelists, including Stephan Bonfield, Dr. Julián Castro-Rea, Dr. Magdy El-Shamma, Dr. Benjamin Garstad and Dejan Miladinovic, will discuss Aida on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the Ledcor Theatre.

Matinée programming adds flexibility to opera schedule

Opera is even more accessible during the 2012/13 season, as the Edmonton Opera has made changes to its production schedule to allow for matinée performances.

In addition to three nighttime performances, there will be a 2 p.m. performance on the Sunday during the production run. This earlier performance allows for out-of-town opera enthusiasts to enjoy the performance without making an overnight trip, or for families to expose their children to the art form and still make it home at a family-friendly hour.

Season starts with grand opera

One of the grand operas, Aida will grace the Edmonton stage for the first time in over a decade when the Edmonton Opera opens its 49th season next month. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth, Edmonton Opera joins other opera houses around the world honouring the great composer and his works.

The Verdi masterpiece will be presented in its full splendor, with roughly 100 performers, including principal artists, chorus members, supernumeraries and Brian Webb dancers on stage together at any given time.

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