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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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.

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Edmonton Opera partners with Alberta Craft Council for unique project

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