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Passion, sacrifice, and the indomitable spirit of love come together in Edmonton Opera’s season-opening production of Puccini’s Turandot this October. Acclaimed director Robert Herriot is at the helm of reviving Puccini’s final work, and promises a visually stunning and immersive interpretation of this familiar masterpiece.

Set in the dreamlike landscape of ancient China, the opera depicts prince Calaf’s tenacity to woo the cold-hearted princess Turandot. The princess infamously tests her suitors with complex riddles that have remained unsolved, and punishes their failures with death. Calaf, mesmerized by Turandot’s beauty, accepts the challenge and risks everything for love.

Soprano Othalie Graham makes her Canadian debut as Turandot, a role she has reprised several times in various productions across North America and beyond. Her interpretation of Turandot has garnered immense critical acclaim, and Graham is known to “unleash a potent and superbly controlled sound” (San Francisco Chronicle).

David Pomeroy, praised by The New York Times as “a powerful, agile tenor”, returns to Edmonton Opera in his role debut of Calaf, the ultimate operatic hero. Pomeroy brings this combination of strength and sublimity to his rendition of ‘Nessun dorma’, one of Opera’s most famous arias. He prepared for his role debut with renowned Italian-Canadian tenor Ermanno Mauro, who also sang Calaf with Edmonton Opera in 1981.

With an array of stellar talent on stage, the opulent production design, and­ Puccini’s remarkable composition, this opera is sure to enthrall audiences. “We are thrilled to present an all-Canadian dream cast for this production of Turandot; with spectacular scenery, elegant costumes, and over 80 performers filling the Jubilee stage,” says Tim Yakimec, General Director of Edmonton Opera.

Turandot will be sung in Italian with projected English translation. Performances are on Saturday, Oct. 22 (8 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 25 (7:30 p.m.), and Thursday, Oct. 27 (7:30 p.m.) at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets start at $40, and special pricing for patrons under 40 is available through our Explorers and Encore programs.

The media preview for Turandot will be on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, at 7 p.m. Good visuals occur at the top of the show at 7 p.m. and throughout the first act. Interviews with the cast and creative team may be arranged with advanced notice.

Please RSVP your outlet’s attendance to Cameron MacRae, Director of Marketing & Communications, at 780-984-3634 or

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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.