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Celebrate Alberta Culture Days with operatic flair at Kingsway Mall

Media contact: Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing and Communications; 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 or 780.984.3634.

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Media Advisory

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 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.”

Mainstage productions, anniversary projects announced for Edmonton Opera’s 50th season

Next season, Edmonton Opera’s presence will be felt equally on and off the stage.

The opera company announced its 50th anniversary season on Jan. 23, which includes productions of Richard Strauss’ Salome, Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

In addition, anniversary-specific projects have been announced for 2013/14: an Edmonton Opera chorus concert in November 2013, a Canadian new work competition known as Opera Next and an education partnership called DIY Opera.