Lucia di Lammermoor

Production sponsored by the Shelley & Guy Scott Family Foundation

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 11455 87 Ave., Edmonton
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Forbidden love, a family rivalry and the death of two lovers — echoes of Romeo and Juliet are found in Donizetti's haunting opera Lucia di Lammermoor. More than a plot function, madness is explored in this bel canto masterpiece as a personal tragedy, a political statement and a healing ritual. Making her company and role debut, Canadian soprano Simone Osborne as Lucia exposes the hard and dark edges of beauty, in an opera that hasn't been seen in Edmonton in nearly 20 years. 

Robert Tweten , Conductor

Robert Tweten

Robert Tweten returns for a fifth time to Edmonton Opera after conducting last season’s Madama Butterfly. The Canadian native also recently led La Traviata for Utah Opera, L’italiana
in Algeri
for Calgary Opera and Carmen for Tulsa Opera. Head of Music Staff for the Santa Fe Opera, Robert has led five productions there as well as other companies including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sarasota Opera, Vancouver Opera and Austin Lyric Opera. An active collaborative pianist, Robert has performed internationally with many of today’s foremost singers and instrumentalists in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Festival.

Brian Deedrick , Director

Simone Osborne

Simone Osborne was one of the youngest winners of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and an alumna of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble. Recently, Simone was seen at Vancouver Opera as Pamina (The Magic Flute) and Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), as well as debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro) with Gustavo Dudamel. She also debuted at Opera Hamilton as Gilda (Rigoletto) and at Carnegie Hall with pianist Warren Jones as a part of the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration. At the Canadian Opera Company, she has been seen as Gilda (Rigoletto), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Ilia (Idomeneo). Next season, she returns to the COC as Nannetta (Falstaff) and debuts with the New York Philharmonic in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher.

Robert Clark , Arturo

Robert Clark

Known for his fresh-voiced and technically refined singing, tenor Robert Clark was recently featured in Opera Canada as one of its Artists On Stage. Recent and upcoming engagements include The Vaudevillian in Shot! (Nickel City Opera - Buffalo, New York), First Priest/First Armed Man in The Magic Flute (Edmonton Opera), The Steersman in The Flying Dutchman (Calgary Opera), Flask and Ahab (cover) in Moby Dick (Calgary Opera), Tamino in The Magic Flute (Highlands Opera Studio), Macduff in Macbeth (Pacific Opera Victoria) and Roderigo in Otello (Calgary Opera).  

Robert Breault , Edgardo
Giles Tomkins , Raimondo

Giles Tomkins

Recent operatic roles for Giles include Don Alfonso in Così fan Tutte at Tanglewood (conducted by James Levine), and Don Basilio in Il Barbiere de Siviglia with Scottish Opera. Giles appeared as Superintendent Budd in Pacific Opera Victoria’s Albert Herring and as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera. Giles has become a familiar figure as Colline in La Bohème, performing the role with Scottish Opera, Saskatoon Opera and Manitoba Opera. This season, Giles sings Angelotti in Tosca with Opera Lyra Ottawa, and Raimondo in  Pacific Opera Victoria’s Lucia di Lammermoor

Megan Latham , Alisa

Megan Latham

Megan Latham enjoys a career in opera, recital and symphonic vocal repertoire. She was featured as Quickly in Falstaff (Pacific Opera Victoria), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (Vancouver Opera), in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Kitchener Waterloo Symphony) and as Mrs. Grose in Britten’s Turn of the Screw (Against the Grain). Canadian Opera Company roles include Mère Jeanne in Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Giovanna in Rigoletto and Voice of the Mother in Les contes d'Hoffmann. Performances of Messiah (Victoria Symhony) and at the Westben Festival with Casa Diva are in her future and she has collaborated with distinguished conductors including Harry Bicket, Timothy Vernon, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, David Agler, and Jeanne Lamon.

Adam Fisher , Normanno
Jason Howard , Enrico

Jason Howard

Welsh baritone Jason Howard is recognised as one of the UK's leading performers on the operatic stage. Verdi has featured highly and Jason has sang the baritone roles in Attila, La Traviata, Don Carlos, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Nabucco and Il Trovatore. Other highlights include his debut at the Royal Opera House and Paris Opera as Marcello La Boheme. Following his success as Wotan in Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen at the Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, he is now establishing himself as a leading exponent of the German heroic repertoire with one review describing him as “the Wotan of his generation.” Other highlights have included Death in Venice at the Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Mourning Becomes Electra at Chicago Lyric Opera and Emile de Becque in the Lincoln Center production of South Pacific