Edmonton Opera 2012/13 AGM

Media contact: Jelena Bojic, assistant general manager & director of commuity relations
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com; 780-392-7837
Oct. 9, 2013

Edmonton Opera Association held its 49th Annual General Meeting yesterday at the MacEwan University, Alberta College Campus at 5:30 p.m. The Report to the Community was released, as well as financial statements for 2012/13 and changes to the society’s bylaws.

Irving Kipnes, past chair, thanked the board, staff, supporters and volunteers and said that he’s aware the organization is reviewing its current business model, and looking for measures that will make it more financially sustainable.

The board of directors appointed Tim Yakimec to the position of General Manager. Yakimec has been with the company for over seven years, as the Director of Production, and served as the Interim Business Manager in the past six months. The board also appointed Jelena Bojic to Assistant General Manager. Bojic has been with Edmonton Opera for 3 years, as the Director of Community Relations.

The board has elected Richard Cook to be the new Chair. Cook spent 30 years with MacEwan University, 15 of which he served as the Dean of the Centre for the Arts. Becoming transfixed with the opera art form in 1969, Cook said he is looking forward to his new role, and noted that the need for growth and future success of Edmonton Opera will be the primary consideration in our selection both of a model for artistic direction and for finding the right individual for that role.

For the year to come, the board will be composed as follows:
Richard Cook, Chair
Irving Kipnes, Past Chair
Francis Price, Vice Chair
Ken Keenleyside, Treasurer
Robert Bessette, John Cameron, Mary Clonfero, Craig Corbett, Bertrand Malo, Ashif Mawji, Melanie Nakatsui, Bernie Robitaille, Robert Rock, Katie Soles, Stella Varvis.

The Report to the Community and full financial statements can be found here. Edmonton Opera is opening its 50th anniversary season with Salome, on Oct. 26, 29 and 31.

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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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