Go around the world with opera during Alberta Culture Days

Media contact: Cameron MacRae, senior manager, marketing; 780-392-7830

Sept. 21, 2015

Edmonton Opera continues to add to the vibrancy of the arts and culture community in the city, by participating in Alberta Culture Days at the end of the month.

Held at Kingsway Mall, Around the World with Opera is a full day of free events that highlight the variety of cultures and art forms that combine in opera. Not only are there scheduled operatic performances, but Dave ganert, choreographer for The Merry Widow, will be leading workshops on dances featured in the opera. 

"Sharing opera in a more casual environment allows us to highlight the many different moving parts of the art form — vocals, music, dance and more," said Tim Yakimec, EO artistic director and general manager. "Working with Kingsway Mall and the support of Alberta Culture Days and the Government of Albert, we have a fantastic location on Sept. 27 where the magic of opera can be experienced up close."

Face painting, arts and crafts, and a photobooth will be available at centre court (near the food court) starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, and run all day until 4 p.m. At noon, tenor Andrea Pinna will perform, and there will be a subsequent performance by the Edmonton Opera Chorus at 2 p.m. Dave Ganert, choreographer for The Merry Widow, will be leading dance workshops at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

"Alberta Culture Days is a family-friendly and affordable way for Albertans to discover, experience and celebrate culture in new and exciting ways," said David Eggen, minister of culture and tourism. "I'm delighted that the Edmonton Opera will be joining in the celebrations at the end of September."

These activities allow all ages to be creative, in the spirit of the thousands of free cultural events taking place throughout the province during the weekend of Sept. 26 and 27. 

Edmonton Opera is also participating in the Edmonton Galleria Arts & Culture Showcase on Sept. 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the south parking lot at the Epcor Tower. Organizations including EO, Citie Ballet, iHuman, University of Alberta and Alberta Aboriginal Arts are scheduled to performn throughout the day.

For more information about the Sept. 27 events at Kingsway Mall, please contact Cameron MacRae, senior manager, marketing, at or 780-392-7830.


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