Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton Opera partner for night of artistic excellence

Media contact: Jelena Bojic
Assistant general manager & director of community relations
jelena.bojic@edmontonopera.com; 780-392-7837

A new collaboration between the Edmonton Opera and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will bring three dynamic baritones to the Winspear Centre this March.

No Tenors Allowed features the Edmonton Opera Chorus and guest baritone singers Gordon Bitner, Elliot Madore and Philippe Sly on March 24, 2014, led by ESO conductor Bill Eddins. The ensemble’s program includes prominent works that will engage a wide variety of audience members.

“We have a strong relationship with the ESO in our regular production season, so it is very exciting to be able to work with them on this special performance,” said Tim Yakimec, Edmonton Opera general manager. “Edmonton has an excellent reputation as a city where the arts can flourish, and we’re excited to contribute to the vibrant arts culture through partnerships like these.”

Since 1963, the ESO and Edmonton Opera have worked together, creating a history of mutual support and creative collaboration.

“This concert represents only one of many exciting endeavours the organizations have shared during the span of their 50‐year partnership,” said AnneMarie Petrov, executive director of the ESO. “The ESO strongly believes that fostering connections and unity amongst groups with similar mandates will significantly bolster and diversify the city of Edmonton.”

The Edmonton Opera Chorus is comprised of local talent — members are lawyers, teachers, health professionals, students, and business men and women — and the Edmonton Opera is proud to be able to contribute to the city’s long‐standing choral tradition. Chorus members perform not only as part of the opera’s regular season, but also at special events and during outreach performances for audiences of all ages.

Bitner recently joined the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, while Madore continues as a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zurich. During the 2012/13 season, French‐Canadian Sly was a member of the Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera.

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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.

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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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