Help us celebrate our golden anniversary by discovering some of the gold things in Edmonton! From Oct. 7 to 20, we're "Digging for Opera Gold" by posting scavenger hunt clues, each which has some kind of gold aspect to it, whether it's in the name or part of its image. Take a picture of yourself at that location and send it to us, either by email, posting to our Facebook page or using the #edmopera50 hashtag on Twitter.
Each time participants submit a clue, their name will be entered to win a pair of Salome tickets. Participants who correctly finish all 14 clues by Friday, Oct. 25, will win a pair of Salome tickets! Submissions for any of the clues can be made until Oct. 25 and be entered to win.
Digging for Opera Gold
Sunday, Oct. 20: Marion Kirby Alexander chose these colours for this post-secondary institution, inspired by the river valley below. The colours represent wide stretches of prairie land flanked by spruce forests and gold harvest fields; find the coat of arms.
Saturday, Oct. 19: This letter opens the opera; it's also part of a museum name that will be opening a new location in downtown Edmonton in late 2017.
Friday, Oct. 18: Finding this letter isn't a lofty goal at all — but look a little higher up and a little further north than the sign that faces the downtown farmers' market.
Thursday, Oct. 17: This letter and our admin offices are both located in the centre, but what you're looking for can be found on any end of the city.
Wednesday, Oct. 16: Situated on Rich seams of coal, this towne amalgamated with Edmonton in 1961. (The letter you're looking for is doesn't Really have any distinguishing features.)
Tuesday, Oct. 15: Edmonton Opera's reach extends beyond the city — you'll find this letter as part of the post-secondary institution that takes its name from the geographical area the opera company serves. (And although this letter ends opera, it begins and ends this name.)
Monday, Oct. 14: The place where they discovered Black Gold is 16 years older than Edmonton Opera.
Sunday, Oct. 13: Another sporting clue — except this one moves backwards from the one before. One of their clubs is named after a certain periodic element.
Saturday, Oct. 12: It's not a coincidence that this team shares its colours with the U of A — find their logo where 60,000 fans watch them play.
Friday, Oct. 11: Rice is just one of the dishes served in bowls at this restaurant, where it's possible to order all sorts of bite-size dishes traditionally served in steamer baskets or small plates.
Thursday, Oct. 10: Our administrative offices were never located on this street, but it does bear the name of our anniversary year.
Wednesday, Oct. 9: Considered to be a place where heaven and earth meet, this temple is marked with a golden statue near a park where rainbows meet the valley.
Tuesday, Oct. 8: If the Beaver Hills don't block the sun from shining, this building's energy reflects on to the streets, paving them with gold.
Monday, Oct. 7: Did they ever pan for gold here on the south side of the North Saskatchewan River? Today, you'll find Edmontonians cross-country skiing, hiking, cycling, walking and having picnics in this park.
Searching for Salome — Congratulations to Mary R. who correctly answered all 14 clues and won a pair of tickets!
Sunday, Sept. 29: Oscar Wilde was an Irishman who wrote two versions of Salome: one in English and one in French. Richard Strauss then used a German translation by translator Hedwig Lachmann for his opera. Find the centre on the University of Alberta campus where all of these languages (and more) collide.
Saturday, Sept. 28: This ethnic community settled in East Edmonton and Strathcona, and shares roots with the composer of Salome. Find the current association that was founded by the Edelweiss Club, the Phoenix Club and the Friends of Berlin Club.
Friday, Sept. 27: This leitmotif is in two parts — the first part is majestic but strange (he’s a wild-eyed prophet from the desert) while the second part played by the horns shows the nobleness and power of his message. Find the holy building with this character’s name — look in the neighbourhood named for the man who was Edmonton’s mayor in 1896 and 1907.
Thursday, Sept. 26: The original score for Salome calls for a 105-piece orchestra. Look for the small band directly across from the trolley stop; they’ve taken shelter under Dr. McIntyre’s gazebo to keep them dry in all weather.
Wednesday, Sept. 25: In August, the edge of something becomes a verb in Old Strathcona, but the sign stays up all year long. The last letter of the edge ends the opera.
Tuesday, Sept. 24: This letter is located at a T-interesection where you can see Canada Place, the Alberta Hotel and the river valley, but go back seven letters from the T to find what you're looking for.
Monday, Sept. 23: Here in the valley, you'll find no lions or bears, but recite the children's line, "Lions and tigers and bears, __ my!" to find this letter.
Sunday, Sept. 22: This letter falls in the middle, not at the beginning of the end of our heroine’s name, but you’ll find the consonant at the end of theplace that’s “just getting started.”
Saturday, Sept. 21: The name of this avenue is an alliteration, where artistic adventures abound. Find the venue that takes its location as its name.
Friday, Sept. 20: The opera starts with this arts organization, which celebrates their 62nd season. Find the letter that starts the opera at the musicians’ entrance to their home downtown and the home of the EO admin.
Thursday, Sept. 19: Salome artist Aubrey Beardsley worked in the Art Nouveau style, but is credited by some as having planted the seeds of the Art Deco style, found in a few Edmonton buildings. Find the city landmark just south of the High Level Bridge that has the signature characteristics of rectangular form, prominent horizontal lines on the front façade and two-tone paint to distinguish geometric decorations. Even the marquee is part of the design.
Wednesday, Sept. 18: The comments that each character makes about the moon in the Salome set says more about the character than it does about astronomy. This building, first of its kind in Canada in 1960, seemingly hovers above the ground, and used to allow us to get closer to the stars and planets.
Tuesday, Sept. 17: Strauss’ source material for Salome was written by this Irish intellectual, playwright and author. Find an “important, earnest” play, or a “picture” of this novel.
*Note that this clue is not an actual location. Just a photo of yourself with the item is needed.
Monday, Sept. 16: In the same year that Salome debuted, this building was constructed. Look for a basic industrial, pre-war building in the broad valley area that was named for Donald Ross. The business this building housed quenched the thirst of many.