Edmonton Opera's Deanna Finnman receives Sterling Award

For Immediate Release June 27th, 2012
Media Contact Jelena Bojic, Director of Marketing & Communications

Edmonton Opera is thrilled to announce that Deanna Finnman, Head of Wardrobe won a Sterling Award for Outstanding Costume Design for The Mikado.

Deanna Finnman was delighted to receive this prestigious award and says that creation of The Mikado costumes was a great opportunity for Edmonton Opera to add a modern twist to this beloved Gilbert and Sullivan.

“Mikado was a true collaboration with our inspired director Rob Herriot, a dedicated and insanely talented team of wigmakers makers, makeup artists and wardrobe artisans, and our amazing singers who embraced our modern Mikado and gave it wings.  Mikado was an experience I will not soon forget and will always be grateful for.” says Deanna Finnman.

Sandra Gajic, Edmonton Opera’s CEO, says that it wasn’t an easy decision to build new costumes, simply because of the high costs. “We are grateful to our Board of Directors for supporting our decision to build new costumes based on a very innovative concept designed by our own head of Wardrobe, Deanna Finnman”. Ms. Gajic says that Edmonton Opera hopes to have more new costume builds in the future.

Edmonton Opera would like to thank the jury of Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and all nominees and winners. Sterling Awards is a truly exceptional celebration of the theatre community in Edmonton.

Edmonton Opera is dedicated to producing world class performances that bring the magic and power of opera to our community. Our purpose and vision is to present opera that excites and inspires – you, the audience; our supporters and partners in the community – individuals, corporate and government. For the last 48 years Edmonton Opera has given voice to opera in the community and throughout northern Alberta. It is the 4th largest opera company in Canada and the oldest, largest, year round opera company in the Prairie Provinces.

More media releases

Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with operatic flair at Kingsway Mall

September 26, 2016

To showcase the artistic diversity of our province, Edmonton Opera brings fine operatic offerings once again to the annual celebration of Alberta Culture Days!

“We enjoy a diverse and vibrant culture in Alberta,” says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “It makes us who we are and provides a high quality of life for Albertans, and Edmonton Opera is an important contributor to that.”

Donizetti's Duelling Queens Face-off in Alberta Premiere

This April, audiences will witness the dramatic showdown between two famous Tudor queens in Edmonton Opera’s season clincher, the Alberta premiere of Donizetti’s Mary Stuart.

Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, never got along. Elizabeth was always afraid her Catholic cousin would usurp her throne, and kept Mary prisoner for 20 years before having her beheaded. Their rivalry, however, was only ever carried out by letter—the two queens never met.

New concept for familiar piece at Edmonton Opera

There may only be three performances of Carmen in Edmonton this winter, but Edmonton Opera staff have been living with the production for months.

The scenery and costumes for the production, set on the verge of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, were built locally, in Edmonton Opera's northside production facility.

This new concept for Carmen was envisioned by director Maria Lamont, scenery designer Camellia Koo, costume designer Deanna Finnman and lighting designer David Fraser, and it will be unveiled Jan. 30 at the Jubilee.