17/18 Season

Edmonton Opera is thrilled to unveil its 2017/18 season, one that celebrates love, passion, and the incredible power of the human spirit. We invite you to escape with us on an exciting operatic journey with three new productions — Lilies (Les Feluettes), HMS Pinafore, and Don Giovanni. Enjoy all three with season tickets from $99!


LILIES (Les Feluettes)
October 21, 24 & 27, 2017 • Jubilee Auditorium

Sung in French with projected English translation

Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Giuseppe Pietraroia • Originating Director Serge Denoncourt • Revival Director Jacques Lemay • Scenery design by Guillaume Lord • 
Costume design by François Barbeau • Lighting design by Martin Labrecque • Revival Lighting Designer Julie Basse • Projection design by Gabriel Coutu-Dumont

Cast: Gino Quilico (Old Simon Doucet), Zachary Read (Young Simon Doucet), Jean-Michel Richer (Count Vallier de Tilly), Gordon Gietz (Monseigneur Bilodeau), James McLennan (Jean Bilodeau), Dominique Côté (Countess Marie-Laure de Tilly), Daniel Cabena (Mademoiselle Lydie-Anne de Rozier), Normand Richard (Le Père Saint-Michel), Claude Grenier (Timothée Doucet), Patrick Mallette (Le Baron de Hüe)

Over the last 30 years Quebec playwright Michel Marc Bouchard’s Lilies (Les Feluettes) has become a beloved Canadian classic. Known for its lyrical romanticism, the play unfolds around a moment in 1912 when a group of college boys in Quebec rehearse Gabriele D’Annunzio’s sensual play The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian. As a love triangle develops, the young men struggle through their feelings with tragic consequences.

In 2016, Lilies was finally realized in perhaps its truest form — as opera. Co-comissioned by Opéra de Montréal and Pacific Opera Victoria, the world premiere of Lilies was a resounding critical success, earning Australian composer Kevin March praise for creating a “beautiful and powerful opera experience” that “harkens to 19th century Romantic composers” (Times Argus). March's lavish and cinematic score features "waltzes, old-timey songs, French-Canadian folk tunes and quotes from Scott Joplin and Claude Debussy" (Times Colonist), making Lilies "a pure masterpiece" of Canadian opera (Boucle Magazine)

Lilies reviews:

Les Feluettes a powerful tale well sungTimes Colonist
New opera Les Feluettes works on many levelsMontreal Gazette
"Deception, obsession, betrayal, and murder - Bouchard's story has all of the trappings of a great opera" La Scena Musicale
Opera's movers and shakers keep it from museumsToronto Star 
Les Feluettes in Montréal: New World Opera triumphsBachtrack.com

Watch the trailer or listen to a musical snippet from Lilies.

The production and designs for Les Feluettes were originally created by Opéra de Montréal and Pacific Opera Victoria for productions in 2016 & 2017.


February 3, 6 & 9, 2018 • Jubilee Auditorium

Sung in English with projected lyrics
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Peter Dala • Directed by Robert Herriot • Vocal arrangements and new orchestrations by Ed Windels • Scenery design by Camellia Koo • Costume design by Deanna Finnman • Choreography by Jason Hardwick

Cast: Donovan Workun (Sir Joseph), Vanessa-Oude Reimerink (Josephine), Adrian Kramer (Ralph Rackstraw), Geoffrey Sirett (Captain Corcoran), Bridget Ryan (Little Buttercup), Dion Mazerolle (Dick Deadeye), Ryan Parker (Bill Bobstay)

Sail the high seas with the quirky crew of Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore! This comic operetta is a worldwide favourite, adding a nautical spin to the classic ‘boy meets girl, boy can’t get girl because of her higher social station’ story. When young Josephine, daughter of the Captain, falls in love with a lower-class sailor Ralph Rackstraw, mayhem ensues as the two lovers try to elope… while at sea!

Edmonton Opera presents a delightful new production of this beloved topsy-turvy journey, reimagined in the extravagant 1920s Jazz Age by Cinderella director Rob Herriot. With jazzy new musical arrangements by Ed Windels, this is HMS Pinafore like you've never seen — or heard — before!


April 14, 17 & 20, 2018 • Jubilee Auditorium

Sung in Italian with projected English translation
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Conducted by Christopher Larkin • Directed by Oriol Tomas • 
Costume design by Deanna Finnman • Scenery design by Bretta Gerecke • Lighting design by Barry Steele

Cast: Phillip Addis (Don Giovanni), Erik Anstine (Leporello), Miriam Khalil (Donna Elvira), Michele Capalbo (Donna Anna), John Tessier (Ottavio), Whitney Sloan (Zerlina), Tyler Fitzgerald (Masetto), Kirk Eichelberger (Commendatore)

Opera’s most notorious bad boy is back in action for our final offering in the 2017/18 season! Don Giovanni is arrogant, sly, and takes pride in his promiscuity, leaving a trail of broken hearts along his egotistical path. Yet no one can resist his charm — women are willing to jeopardize their marriages for him, and men will do whatever it takes to walk in his shadow. But what happens when Don Giovanni comes across a mysterious force he cannot charm, outsmart, or conquer?

The crowning masterpiece of Mozart’s Italian repertoire, Don Giovanni is a fascinating opera that combines elements of comedy, tragedy, and the supernatural, asking essential questions about human morality. Baritone Phillip Addis, adored by Edmonton audiences as Figaro in 2014’s The Barber of Seville, will bring his "physically commanding, vocally authoritative energy" (Opera Canada) as the mysteriously seductive hero in Edmonton Opera's bold new production of Don Giovanni.


Enjoy first choice of seats before single tickets go on sale to the general public

See all 3 operas starting from $99 (save up to 30% compared to single ticket prices)

Choose 2 operas starting from $72 with our Opera Duo package (save up to 20% over single ticket price)


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Questions? Call our box office at 780.429.1000! Box office hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Les Feluettes image: Opéra de Montréal, 2016 premiere. Photo by Yves Renaud.