Mozart's legendary adventure is envisioned as a visually stunning, exotic pop-up storybook, where an epic quest results in good triumphing over evil. Designed by an award-winning Canadian team, the vibrant hues and angular set pieces hint at an exotic location without placing it in any one specific locale or time period. A mixture of the serious and the comic, Mozart's last opera creates vivid contrasts of humanity and its emotions. Along with a largely Canadian cast and artists familiar to Edmonton audiences, Teiya Kasahara returns to the Jubilee stage in her signature role as Queen of the Night.
The Magic Flute
William Eddins is the Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras throughout the world. Recent highlights include opening the 2014 Boston Symphony Tanglewood season with soprano Reneé Fleming. Among his engagements in 2015, he will conduct Porgy and Bess at the Spoleto Festival and lead the Cleveland Orchestra in Wynton Marsalis’ Swing Symphony with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Engagements have included the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Houston, as well as the Los Angeles and Buffalo Philharmonics.
Canadian stage director Rob Herriot returns to Edmonton Opera after having last directed The Mikado in 2012. He has directed five productions for the company, including HMS Pinafore, Daughter of the Regiment, Pirates of Penzance and Tosca. Other productions include Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto and Don Pasquale (Manitoba Opera), La Traviata (Opera Hamilton), Carmen (Arizona Opera), Don Pasquale (Opera Hamilton, Connecticut Opera and Utah Opera) as well as Barber of Seville and La Boheme for Calgary Opera. He was the stage director for Calgary Opera’s inaugural Summer Festival with a production of Pirates and subsequent production of Candide. He is thrilled to be back with his Edmonton Opera family.
Bretta works across Canada and in the U.K. as a designer for theatre and opera. Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre where she has designed world premieres, which have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at the Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Calgary Opera, Pacific Opera, Theatre Calgary, the Stratford Festival, the Banff Centre and Factory Theatre. She is the recipient of over 20 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards and Betty Mitchell Awards for Set, Lighting and Costume Design; the Enbridge Award for Emerging Artist; the Global Women of Vision Award and Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40.
Deanna’s 14-year association with the Edmonton Opera as head of the wardrobe department and resident costume designer has included costume design credits for Lakme, Pirates of Penzance and Fidelio. Her designs for Edmonton Opera’s South Pacific, The Emperor of Atlantis and, most recently, The Mikado have earned Sterling Awards for best costume design. She is thrilled that The Magic Flute has allowed her the opportunity to collaborate once again with Rob Herriot and Bretta Gerecke, and showcase the artistry of her talented wardrobe team.
Career highlights have included singing Musetta (La Bohème, Bayerische Staatsoper), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Agathe in Der Freischütz and Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Volksoper), Marguerite in Faust and Mimi in LaBohème (Semperoper Dresden), and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Micaëla in Carmen (Canadian Opera Company). Recently she appeared to critical acclaim as the title role in A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival Opera), and made her role debut as Violetta in La Traviata with Dorset Festival Opera. She has received the George London Award for a Canadian Singer, the grand prize of the Concours de Chant in Toulouse and other competitions. Jessica is looking forward to upcoming debuts with the Flanders Symphony, Welsh National Opera and Edmonton Opera companies.
John Brancy’s 2013/14 season brought debut performances with Oper Frankfurt as Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Gotham Chamber Opera in Charpentier’s La descente d'Orphée aux Enfers and Pacific Opera Victoria as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. His concert and recital engagements for the year include performances with the Saskatoon and Regina symphonies, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Art Song Society and Carnegie Hall. Future seasons include a debut with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Tour. He is a 2013 George London Foundation Encouragement Award winner, and received his graduate diploma from the Juilliard School last spring.
A former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, soprano Jacqueline Woodley drew wide attention starring in the world premiere of Ana Sokolovic’s opera Svadba -Wedding, commissioned and produced by Queen of Puddings Music Theatre which went on to tour Canada and Europe. After her success as the “deliciously sexy” Papagena in the Ensemble production of Die Zauberflöte, she sang Iris in Handel’s Semele, the Page in Rigoletto and First Priestess in Iphigénie en Tauride. Other recent operatic highlights include Adele (Die Fledermaus), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Lisette (La Rondine), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Serpina (La serva padrona), Despina (Cosí fan tutte) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas).
Canadian soprano Teiya Kasahara's signature role as the Queen of the Night has already hit Vancouver Opera, Highlands Opera Studio, and Opera Kitchener. Teiya is a versatile artist in both the dramatic and lyric coloratura soprano repertoire with a soft spot for 20th and 21st century music. Her triumph as Solana in Canada’s first lesbian opera When the Sun Comes Out (Uyeda/Rose) at the Queer Arts Festival has led to further performances at Toronto’s World Pride Festival. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, National Ballet of Canada, Edmonton Opera and Against the Grain Theatre. Upcoming performances include Hope in the Toronto premiere of Shelter with Tapestry Opera, and the leading roles in Opera 5’s Ba-ta-clan and L'île du rêve. Teiya is a graduate of the COC Ensemble Studio and UBC.
Tenor Michael Barrett is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. COC roles include High Priest of Neptune in Idomeneo, Remendado in Carmen, Snout in A Midsummer's Night Dream, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel and Monostatos in Die Zauberflote, a role he also performs with Vancouver Opera and Edmonton Opera. Recent highlights include Spalanzani and Nathanael in Les contes d'Hoffmann for Edmonton Opera, Third Jew in Salome, First Commisary in Dialogues des Carmelites for the COC and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Opera Nova Scotia. He was Quint in Turn of the Screw for Against the Grain Theatre and reprised the Third Jew in Salome for Edmonton Opera.
Canadian tenor Adam Luther recently completed his tenure as a member of the Canadian Opera Company Studio Ensemble where he performed many mainstage roles to great critical and audience acclaim. Most notably, he sang Der Steuermann in Christopher Alden’s Der Fliegende Hollander, for which La Scena Musicale praised his “eloquently beautiful solos.” Adam’s future includes Tamino in Die Zauberflote for Edmonton Opera and Froh in Das Reingold for Pacific Opera Victoria. Past credits include Salome (Edmonton Opera), Handel’s Messiah (Newfoundland Symphony), Dvorak’s Requiem (Orpheus Choir and Chorus Niagara), Don Jose in Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), Alfredo in la Traviata (Highlands Opera Studio) and Danilo in The Merry Widow (Toronto Operetta Theatre).
Betty Waynne Allison
Soprano Betty Waynne Allison is excited to be heading back to Edmonton Opera after her company debut last season as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus. Based out of British Columbia, she is the product of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble. Major credits to her name include the world premiere of Mary's Wedding with Pacific Opera Victoria, the title role in Floyd's Susannah with Florentine Opera and Alice in Verdi's Falstaff with l'Opèra Metz. Betty performs a versatile repertoire, from Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte) and Tatiana (Eugene Onegin) to Vixen (Cunning Little Vixen) and Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw). For more information, please visit bettywaynneallison.com.
Tanya Roberts has performed over 35 opera and musical theatre roles throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Engagements include performances with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Edmonton Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Lyrique-en-mer Festival de Belle-Île, Cirque du Soleil, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Tel Aviv Vocal Arts Festival and the Ohio Light Opera. Tanya made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the Very Special Promenades Concert Series and as the Soprano I cover in Bach’s Mass in B minor. Season highlights include Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus) and Eliza (My Fair Lady) with the Ohio Light Opera, Hebe/Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore) with the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, and Chorus in Otello, Parsifal and La Clemenza di Tito with Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Edmonton’s Catherine Daniel studied voice with coluratura soprano Tracy Dahl at the University of Manitoba. She was a member of the Atelier Lyqrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, and later became a member of the Opera Studio Nederlands.Career highlights include roles as Carmen in Tilburg, Dido/Sorceress in a European tour and playing Mercedes in Manitoba Opera’s Carmen. She recently sang the role of Maria in Opéra de Montréal’s production of Porgy and Bess and Kate Pinkerton with Edmonton Opera’s Madama Butterfly.Upcoming projects include a Messiah performance with Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke. Please see www.catherineannedaniel.com for more details.
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), Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor (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).
An alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, bass-baritone Neil Craighead was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up in Calgary. He has been featured by Pacific Opera Victoria in Ariadne auf Naxos, Roberto Devereux for the Canadian Opera Company and as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte for Saskatoon Opera. Last season, Neil appeared as a Cappadocian in Salome (COC), the Jailer in Dialogues des Carmelites (COC), and Publio in the Ensemble Studio performance of La clemenza di Tito. Other operatic credits include Colline in La Bohème (Against the Grain Theatre), Leporello and Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies, Italy) and Sciarrone in Tosca (COC).