Edmonton Opera CEO Sandra Gajic

For Immediate Release June 6, 2011

Sandra GajicSandra Gajic recently assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Opera. She is responsible for leading Edmonton Opera to sustainable artistic growth while also increasing the company’s significance and stature -- regionally, nationally and internationally.

Sandra’s vision will help drive Edmonton Opera to deliver a world-class Opera experience and inspire Edmonton audiences to become an integral part of that journey.

Ms. Gajic most recently held senior leadership positions at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts in Calgary and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. She arrives with a wide range of experience and a strong track record in fiscally responsible management; innovative strategic planning; resource development; governance, as well as expertise in delivering capital projects in the cultural sector.  She is known for building strong partnerships with all three levels of government, the corporate sector and the community at large including other arts organizations.

Sandra has degrees in Economics (including a MBA) and Music. Sandra is a piano player, poet, and painter and she loves to travel. She lives in Edmonton.

Media contact: Jelena Bojic, Marketing and Communications, EOA
780.424.4040 x235, communication@edmontonopera.com

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Please be aware that effective immediately, Sandra Gajic has decided to move on from the Edmonton Opera and resigned as CEO on May 2, 2013.

For the immediate future, Tim Yakimec, Director of Production, will be the Interim Business Manager for the Edmonton Opera.

Please direct any inquiries to Craig Corbett at ccorbett@lsgp.ca or 780.964.7604

Themes of fate, broken hearts drive Eugene Onegin opera

Those who haven’t had their heart broken need not apply.

Each character in the opera Eugene Onegin has the love of something, so understanding love is key to Edmonton Opera’s production, starting in mid-April at the Northern Alberta Jubilee.

“It’s really about, in many ways, living your life with a broken heart,” said director Tom Diamond. “On the first day, when I spoke to the cast, I talked about, at my middle age, I’m kind of glad that at some point in my life, I have had my heart broken, because it equips me to direct this kind of opera.”

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