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Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with operatic flair at Kingsway Mall

Media contact: Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing and Communications

cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com; 780.984.3634.

September 26, 2016

To showcase the artistic diversity of our province, Edmonton Opera brings fine operatic offerings once again to the annual celebration of Alberta Culture Days!

“We enjoy a diverse and vibrant culture in Alberta,” says Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism. “It makes us who we are and provides a high quality of life for Albertans, and Edmonton Opera is an important contributor to that.”

As a cultural hub in Edmonton for over 50 years, Edmonton Opera believes that art brings people together. With Alberta Culture Days as a platform, Edmonton Opera will present opera in an unconventional setting — at Kingsway Mall.

“Each year we stage live opera at the Jubilee Auditorium, which is a huge venue. But what happens when we take opera to the middle of a busy shopping mall?” wonders Tim Yakimec, General Director of Edmonton Opera. “I find that it allows the raw power of the human voice to shine through, and the public discovers a newfound appreciation of opera as an art form.”

Located in the centre court of Kingsway Mall, the event titled ‘Around the World with Edmonton Opera’ will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday October 1, with free activities for all ages including arts and crafts, face painting, and a photo booth. At noon and 1:30 p.m., sopranos Victoria Biel and Whitney Sloan will perform arias in various languages to delight the audience and showcase the inherently multicultural art form that is opera.

For more information about the Edmonton Opera Culture Days event on October 1, please contact Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing and Communications at cameron.macrae@edmontonopera.com or 780.984.3634.

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The media dress rehearsal will be Thursday, Jan. 30, at 11 a.m. Good visuals occur at approximately 12:20 p.m., when there is a large number of cast members and chorus on stage during the masked ball scenes.

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Famous for its chaotic plot and catchy melodies written by the Waltz King Johann Strauss II, many of the artists performing in the February production of Edmonton Opera’s Die Fledermaus have a personal connection to the work.

Director Allison Grant has previously choreographed and been the assistant director four other times on the popular German opera  — performed in English at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium — including a 1996 EO production under Kelly Robinson.

Edmonton Symphony, Edmonton Opera partner for night of artistic excellence

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.

Edmonton Opera 2012/13 AGM

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.

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