Edmonton Opera hosts Culture Days activities for families

For Immediate Release September 25, 2012
Media Contact Jelena Bojic, Director of Community Relations
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com
780.392.7837

With two free events planned this weekend, the Edmonton Opera is joining its arts and culture colleagues across Canada for Culture Days, providing interactive and exciting opportunities for families and individuals.

This is the fifth annual Culture Days in Alberta and third across Canada. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Edmonton Opera will host a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be an opera singer, with warm- up and singing exercises in the Winspear Centre lobby. Introduce your family to the magic of opera with an hour of singing, music and costumed activities, starting at 2:30 p.m.

Opera moves to St. Albert on Sunday, Sept. 30, when performers from our upcoming production of Aida will perform popular favourites. The performance will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the performers, both who are local Alberta talent. The performance will take place in the Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr., St. Albert, on the lower level between the bakery and the spa at 2 p.m.

The three-day Alberta Culture Days event is meant to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. For the Edmonton Opera, it is integral that the organization be a part of the vibrant arts and culture scene in the capital city, providing opera that moves and inspires while fostering a love and appreciation for the ancient art form in the next generation.

The timing of the arts-focused weekend also provided a perfect opportunity for the Edmonton Opera to schedule its Opera Art Project launch, in partnership with the Alberta Craft Council. On Friday, Sept. 28, opera-themed fine craft will be previewed at the craft council’s gallery, as a result of the alliance between the opera and craft council, supporting local creations and artists.

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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.

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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