Season starts with grand opera

For Immediate Release September 17, 2012
Media Contact Jelena Bojic, Director of Marketing & Communications
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com
780.392.7837

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.

“It’s an Aida not to be missed,” said Sandra Gajic, Edmonton Opera CEO. “Edmonton has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a grand opera presented the way Verdi really wanted — large chorus, numerous supers, and the singers are all at the top of their careers.”

Cast members in Aida have made their debuts in opera houses worldwide, to great success. Soprano Angela Brown has been called one of the most promising Verdi voices, as she debuted in the role of Aida in 2004 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and continues to play the role to great acclaim. The other principals — Carl Tanner, Burak Bilgili, Donnie Ray Albert and Elena Bocharova — have also graced the stage in New York, while Mikhail Kolelishvili will make his Met debut in 2014. Conductor Richard Buckley’s previous engagements include performances in both Europe and North America, where he has been recognized for his dynamic contributions and passionate conducting style. 

All of this comes together under the direction of Dejan Miladinovic, who spent time in Egypt as a young boy and who has drawn on those memories to recreate the mystique of ancient Egypt. 

Aida is one of the grandest operas, a bitter love triangle complicated by conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion. Young Egyptian warrior Radamès hopes his recent victories will win him favour with the enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida, but he also catches the eye of Amneris, the Egyptian princess. 

Performances are Oct. 19, 21, 23 and 25; the Sunday performance will be a matinée, perfect for families or out-of-town opera enthusiasts. The media dress rehearsal for Aida will be held on Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.  

RSVPs for the media dress rehearsal can be sent to communication@edmontonopera.com. Performance images are available upon request.

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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.

Artists announced for Opera Art Project

The exclusive launch of the Opera Art Project will happen later this month, as the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Craft Council come together for a new arts venture.

Local artists have created opera-themed fine craft, offering opera patrons a chance to take home memories of the 2012/13 mainstage season performances. The works will be on display and available for purchase for the first time on Sept. 28, prior to the opening of Aida.

Artists involved in the project come mainly from the Edmonton area and offer a wide variety of fine craft.

Edmonton Opera partners with Alberta Craft Council for unique project

Local craft artists are making it possible for opera patrons to take home memories of the 2012/2013 season mainstage performances, thanks to the partnership between the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Craft Council.

After a successful Opera Coat Project a few years ago, the Edmonton Opera and the Alberta Craft Council have partnered again for the Opera Art Project, where artists will create opera‐specific pieces as it relates to their medium.

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