Elektra Cast & Creatives


Alexander Prior — CONDUCTOR
Conductor and composer Alex Prior has established himself as a leading and versatile talent. In the 2016/17 season, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, conducted Swan Lake at the Royal Danish Opera and Hansel and Gretel with Vancouver Opera, and was named the new Chief Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Elektra will mark Prior's conducting debut with Edmonton Opera.


Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs — ELEKTRA
Elizabeth Blancke-Biggs is recognized as one of the most exciting spinto-drammatico sopranos on the international scene today. Critics have praised her virtuosic bel canto technique, the beauty of her voice, her pyrotechnic coloratura, and her unerring theatricality. A brilliant interpreter of the most demanding roles in the spinto-drammatico soprano repertory, this past season she had triumphant debuts as Puccini's Turandot at Den Norske Opera, and Strauss' Elektra in the "Premio Abbiati" award winning production of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Salome with the Orchesta Sinfonica Nacional at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.


Elizabeth Turnbull — KLYTÄMNESTRA
Hailed by critics as ‘a revelation’, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull’s credits include Lyubija in the European and Canadian tours of Svadba, Zita in Gianni Schicchi (Calgary Opera), and Emilia in Otello (Dallas). She has also been heard in Verdi’s Requiem (Edmonton), Das Lied von der Erde (Toronto), Mozart's Requiem (Vancouver), Messiah (National Arts Centre), and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Winnipeg). Most recently, she was Ruth in Calgary Opera’s Pirates of Penzance, and Anna in Maria Stuarda for Edmonton Opera. The Alberta native is Instructor of Voice at the University of Alberta’s Department of Music and she has recorded for Toronto's Bach Consort and the Ukrainian Art Song Project.


Geoffrey Sirett — OREST
Baritone Geoffrey Sirett continues to impress musicians and audiences in debut performances in opera, concert and recital repertoire. He was recently seen in Edmonton Opera’s TurandotCarmen and The Merry Widow, as William Dale in the Montreal premiere of Kevin Puts’ opera Silent Night, and in Adams’ The Wound Dresser for the Victoria Symphony. Other engagements include Messiah for the orchestras of Winnipeg, Victoria, London, and St. Matthew’s Church in Ottawa in addition to an Opera Gala for the Kingston Symphony. Mr. Sirett is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he completed a Master’s in Music (Opera).


Daniel Brenna — AEGISTH
In the 2016/17 season, tenor Daniel Brenna could be seen as Siegfried in Götterdämmerung at the Washington National Opera in a Francesca Zambello production. He sang at the Budapest Wagner Days with Adam Fischer and returns as Laca in Jenufa to the Metropolitan Opera.  He is once again Siegfried in concert with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Vedernikov.  Future engagements feature him in the world premiere of David Hefti's opera Anna's Mask, and Siegfried in Götterdämmerung for the Budapest Wagner Days, Theater an der Wien and the San Francisco Opera.


Giles Tomkins — OREST'S TUTOR
Bass-baritone Giles Tomkins is recognized as one of Canada’s most versatile singers, widely praised for his vocal virtuosity and lyricism in an impressive range of repertoire. Operatic highlights for Giles include Timur (Turandot) and Raimondo (Lucia di Lammermoor) with Edmonton Opera, Colline (La Bohème) with Manitoba Opera and Don Basilio (Barber of Seville) with Pacific Opera Victoria. This summer, Giles portrayed Gandalf in the Canadian Childrens’ Opera Company performances of Dean Burry’s The Hobbit and returned to Cape Breton for The Bells of Baddeck, a music drama based on the life of Alexander Graham Bell by Lorna MacDonald and Dean Burry.