Artistic Director Brian Deedrick Resigns

For Immediate Release July 5, 2011
Media Contact Jelena Bojic, Marketing & Communications
780.424.4040 x235 |

It is with great regret that Edmonton Opera announces the resignation of its artistic director Brian Deedrick. For the past nine years Mr. Deedrick has been an integral part of the company, helping to create a production standard of excellence. His unparalleled passion for the art form has seen the Edmonton Opera become recognized as one of the premiere arts companies in Edmonton, winning numerous awards and accolades. Under his leadership Edmonton audiences have been treated to outstanding productions such as 2006 Bluebeard’s Castle / Erwartung, 2008 Falstaff, 2010 Otello and 2011 Tosca, just to name a few. In his resignation letter, Mr. Deedrick stated that a recent injury had led to the decision and as a result his focus must lie elsewhere than the Edmonton Opera at this point in time.Joanne Beaton, chair of Edmonton Opera board said “The energy and passion Brian brought to his creative work and to us as an opera company will be sorely missed. All of us at Edmonton Opera, Board, Staff and Volunteers alike wish him a speedy recovery.”In his resignation letter Mr. Deedrick stated, “This is certainly the most difficult decision I have ever made, I will take pride in knowing that we are all a part of a great company in a great city. I very much look forward to returning at the end of the coming season, hale and hearty, to direct the closing production of Fidelio.”Reflecting on Mr. Deedrick’s many contributions Ms Beaton noted, “At the end of his yearly reports to the Opera’s Annual General Meetings, Brian would always comment, ‘Opera is alive and well in Edmonton!’ Speaking for all the Board and the company I have to say that is, in no small way, part of Brian’s legacy to Edmonton Opera and more importantly to Edmonton.”

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.