Opera Alive Gallery

Abbott School at Die Fledermaus

Students from Abbott School attended the education dress rehearsal for Die Fledermaus on Jan. 30, 2014. In addition to visiting the Northern Jubilee Auditorium to see a preview of the performance, they were also able to interact with chorus members and principal singers in the lobby during intermission. Afterwards, staff at Edmonton Opera received drawings, questions and comments from the students about the production.

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Sir Alexander Mackenzie School at Die Fledermaus

Students from Sir Alexander Mackenzie were some of the hundreds of students who attended the education dress rehearsal for Die Fledermaus on Jan. 30, 2014. Afterwards, staff at Edmonton Opera received drawings, comments and questions from the students about the production.

"I liked it because of the funny guy (Julien Arnold). It was cool becasue all the jail bars were made out of rubber that could stretch and how he went through it was funny."

"Thank you so much for letting us watch a splendid opera."

Students also asked "Prince Orlofsky, what's it like being a countertenor?" and "How long did it take to memorize the opera?" which Gerald Thompson and Betty Waynne Allison were kind enough to answer over email, respectively.

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Abbott & R.J Scott Schools at Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Edmonton Opera and ESSO Imperial invited elementary students from Abbott and R.J Scott Schools to attend the dress rehearsal performance of Les Contes d’Hoffmann Jan. 30, 2013, at the Jubilee Auditorium. Complimentary tickets and busses for the classes were provided for their students to attend live opera. For many, it was their first opera experience. Laurel Nikolai, music teacher at Abbott School, shared with us the impact of this field trip on her classes: “This experience touched my students in a way that was far beyond what I could have expected. For students that do not get experiences like this in their lives, they were delighted with the entire experience.”

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it all stARTS with me

On June 24, 2012, City Lumber celebrated their 75th anniversary by inviting children from the Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton to take part in a day filled with activities involving our city's arts organizations. The Art Gallery of Alberta, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Opera and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra created workshops for the 120 children allowing them to experience the various art forms in exciting ways. Edmonton Opera took participants "backstage" to see behind the scenes the creation of opera involving costumes, singing and movement. Elaborate stage costumes were on hand for trying on and artists Robert Clark and Cathy Daniel engaged youth in vocal warm-ups, exercises and learning the chorus for a popular tune from Bizet's "Carmen." Thank you to City Lumber for your dedication to Edmonton's arts organizations and our community!

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Dr. Donald Massey School at Fidelio

“Thank you so much Edmonton Opera for giving our class this opportunity to see a live opera. This is an experience that some of us may never get again.”
Room 174, Dr. Donald Massey School – winner of tickets for their classroom to Fidelio, April 2012

Sir Alexander Mackenzie School at the Mikado!

Thank you to Janet Dammann and the students of Sir Alexander Mackenzie for sending letters after their dress rehearsal field trip. Their class joined us for the Mikado performance February 2, 2012 with over 2100 other students from across Alberta!

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“My students were engaged throughout the entire visit from the Edmonton Opera team. The team who presented were entertaining, informative, and used their passion to inspire the young creative minds in the crowd. The students left with a sense of fascination at the world of professional music, as well as a better understanding of opera and of possible musical careers. Huge thanks go to Edmonton Opera for this wonderful educational outreach program.”
Brady Sherard, Music Teacher at Allendale Junior High, December 2011