Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton Opera partner for night of artistic excellence

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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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Storm the Stage brings arts patrons onto the opera set

Not only is the Edmonton Opera recognizing the 200th anniversary of composer Verdi’s birth with the production of Aida, but we’re also throwing a party.

The fifth annual Storm the Stage — a party on the opera set — will be held on Oct. 20, during a non- performance night of Aida. Edmontonians are invited to experience Egypt on the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium stage during this unique arts event.

Opera 101 provides context, extensive background

Before the curtain rises for Aida this October, the Edmonton Opera presents Opera 101, a panel discussion to break down the intricacies of one of Verdi’s most well-loved and grandest operas.

Five panelists, including Stephan Bonfield, Dr. Julián Castro-Rea, Dr. Magdy El-Shamma, Dr. Benjamin Garstad and Dejan Miladinovic, will discuss Aida on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m., at the Art Gallery of Alberta in the Ledcor Theatre.

Matinée programming adds flexibility to opera schedule

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.

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