The Barber of Seville

Production sponsored by Francis Price & Marguerite Trussler

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., Edmonton
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximate run time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission

Rossini's chattering rhythms lend themselves well to an opera plot that styles itself a cut above the rest. On a 1940s film studio backlot, Almaviva hopes to win the heart of the film starlet Rosina, but he must first contend with the movie studio owner Bartolo, who also hopes to marry Rosina. Luckily, the meddlesome hair stylist Figaro provides plenty of distraction to make sure the girl ends up with the right guy. Allison Grant, who previously directed Die Fledermaus in the 2013/14 season, returns to direct this stylish comedy with catchy melodies. 

Robert Dean , Conductor

Robert Dean

Robert Dean made his Canadian debut in 1993 with a new production of The Pearl Fishers for Edmonton Opera. This was followed by a highly acclaimed La Cenerentola (recorded by CBC), Die Fledermaus, Abduction from the Seraglio, Lakme and John Estacio’s Filumena (also filmed for Canadian TV). Most recent performances include La Fille du Regiment, La Bohème, Don Giovanni, La Scala di Seta and Il Signor Bruschino (U.K.). He has also had a long association with Calgary Opera where he has recently conducted Lucia di Lammermoor, Falstaff and Der Fliegende Hollander.

Allison Grant , Director

Allison Grant

Allison Grant recently directed and choreographed Die Fledermaus for Edmonton Opera, as well as an acclaimed production of Roméo et Juliette for Vancouver Opera. In past seasons she choreographed and performed in The Great Gatsby at Theatre London and directed Giulio Cesare (Halifax Opera Festival), The Auction (world premiere: Westben Festival), Die Zauberflöte (Sarasota Opera), Don Giovanni and Carmen (Opera Ontario), Cosi fan tutte (Vancouver Opera), L’Italiana in algeri  (L’Opéra de Montréal) and A Meeting of Minds (Canadian Stage). She has directed or choreographed many revival productions at the Canadian Opera Company, including Semele,  and also directed the COC Ensemble performance. Upcoming: Le Nozze di Figaro (Sarasota Opera) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (COC).

James McLennan , Almaviva

James McLennan

James McLennan has appeared in over 25 roles on opera stages across Canada. An alumnus of Toronto's famed Second City Training Centre, he debuted with Edmonton Opera as Triquet in Eugene Onegin in 2013. Recent and upcoming opera credits include Brighella in Ariadne Auf Naxos and Goro in Madama Butterly (Pacific Opera Victoria), Beppe in Pagliacci (Hamilton Opera), Spoletta in Tosca (Opera Lyra Ottawa), and Dr. Caïus in Falstaff (Montreal Opera). Past concert highlights include Bach's St. John Passion and Magnificat with the Grand Philharmonic Choir, Haydn's Creation and John Tavener's Requiem with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Israel in Egypt with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and Carmina Burana with the Prince George Symphony.


Sylvia Szadovszki

Sylvia Szadovszki studied at the Manhattan School of Music (B.Mus.‘06) and the University of British Columbia (M.Mus.’09/DMPS.’11). Most recently, Sylvia sang the role of Nancy in Albert Herring with Vancouver Opera. She was a member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program at Vancouver Opera during their 2012/13 season, singing the roles of Papagena in The Magic Flute and Kate in The Pirates of Penzance. In 2012 she made her German debut as Rosina in Theater Hof’s production of Der Barbier von Sevilla and her Canadian debut as Mercedes in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Carmen. Sylvia sang Hansel with Vancouver Opera in Schools’ fall tour of Hansel and Gretel in 2011.

Phillip Addis , Figaro

Phillip Addis

A rising star on the international stage, Canadian baritone Phillip Addis is praised for his creamy, bright voice and spell-binding yet sensitive interpretations in opera, concerts, and recitals throughout Canada, the United States, Europe and Japan. Recent engagements featured Phillip’s debut at the Canadian Opera Company, appearances at the Los Angeles Opera, and a return to Paris’s Opéra Comique, where he performed his acclaimed role of Pelléas in in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Other recent engagements include performances with Pacific Opera Victoria, the Cincinnati Opera, Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, the Paris opera, the Festival de Lanaudière, and a debut at the London Proms.


Alexandre Sylvestre

A native of Québec, Alexandre Sylvestre studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and is an alumnus of Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montreal. He has appeared across Canada in such roles as Schaunard and Colline (La boheme), Haly (L’italiana in Algeri), Bartolo (Le nozze di Figaro), Angelotti (Tosca) and Frank (Die Fledermaus) with companies including L’Opéra de Montréal, L’Opéra de Québec, Pacific Opera Victoria, Edmonton Opera and Calgary Opera. On the concert stage he has been featured by L’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Festival Lanaudiere, Les Violons du Roy and L’Orchestre Metropolitain. His future holds Brahms’ Requiem for Symphony Nova Scotia, Silent Night for Opéra de Montréal and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 for the Sherbrooke Symphony.

Cara Brown , Berta

Cara Brown

Soprano Cara Brown is recognized for her openness and clarity of tone. She has performed Despina in a concert version of Cosi fan Tutte with the Opera Project and Micaëla in Carmen with both Calgary Concert Opera and Vancouver Island Opera.  Cara portrayed Nedda in Mercury Opera’s production of Pagliacci and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro in Rome, Italy. Her most recent appearance with Edmonton Opera was in the role of High Priestess in Aida. Cara has also appeared as a featured guest performer with Vancouver Island Opera, Red Deer Symphony, Calgary Concert Opera Company and Edmonton Youth Orchestra. Cara also teaches private voice and is a sought-after clinician and adjudicator.

Thomas Goerz , Basilio

Thomas Goerz

Thomas Goerz has firmly established himself as one of the country's most respected singing actors. Edmonton audiences have seen him as Rocco (Fidelio), Pooh Bah (The Mikado) and Basilio (The Barber of Seville).  He recently sang Dr Bartolo (The Marriage of Figaro), with both Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera. Thomas is also a veteran of the Canadian Opera Company, Cincinnati Opera, the Metropolitan Opera (Sulpice understudy), the Wexford Festival in Ireland) and Central City Opera in Colorado. This season Thomas will be heard as Zuniga in (Carmen) with Vancouver Opera, and Father Palmer in the new opera Silent Night  with Montreal Opera.  

Aaron Durand , Fiorello/Sergeant

Aaron Durand

An enthusiastic, often over-caffeinated baritone hailing from 100 Mile House, Aaron began vocal training at age nine, but knew nothing of opera until a chance viewing of Carmen. Consumed by the wonderful music, Aaron went on to complete a M.Mus at UBC, majoring in opera performance. In 2012, he joined Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris program, performing roles in several mainstage productions, including La Bohème, Albert Herring and Don Giovanni. Upcoming highlights include Masetto in Against the Grain Theatre’s Uncle John and Le Dancaïre in VO’s Carmen.

Nick Horobec *, Ambrogio