Madama Butterfly


Robert Tweten , Conductor

Robert Tweten

Conductor Robert Tweten returns to Edmonton Opera for Madama Butterfly after previous appearances leading Rigoletto, Tosca and Fidelio. A native of Victoria, B.C., his recent performances in Canada have included Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Tosca for Vancouver Opera as well as Otello and Pagliacci/Gianni Schicchi for Calgary Opera.  Head of music staff for many years with the Santa Fe Opera, Robert has led five productions there as well as the 50th Anniversary Gala. An active conductor throughout the USA, other companies he has appeared with include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Sarasota Opera, Utah Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific and Madison Opera. Also very active as a collaborative pianist with both singers and in chamber music, Robert has performed internationally with many of today’s foremost singers and instrumentalists in venues including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Festival.

Tim Albery , Director

Tim Albery

Tim Albery has worked on operas including Billy Budd, Peter Grimes, Lohengrin, From the House of the Dead, Boris Godunov, War and Peace (English National Opera), Chérubin, The Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser (Royal Opera House), The Midsummer Marriage, Don Giovanni, The Trojans, Don Carlos, La finta giardiniera, Luisa Miller, Idomeneo, Così fan tutte, One Touch of Venus, Katya Kabanova, Madama Butterfly, The Fortunes of King Croesus, Macbeth, Fidelio, Giulio Cesare, Otello (Opera North), The Trojans, Don Giovanni, The Ring, Fidelio, The Midsummer Marriage (Scottish Opera), The Trojans, Nabucco (Welsh National Opera), A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merry Widow (Metropolitan Opera), Arabella, Beatrice and Benedict, The Magic Flute (Santa Fe Opera), Don Carlos, Passion, The Fortunes of King Croesus (Minnesota Opera), Otello, The Aspern Papers (Dallas Opera), War and Peace, Rodelinda, Gotterdammerung, Aida (Canadian Opera Company), The Children's Crusade (Luminato Festival, Toronto), Peter Grimes, Simon Boccanegra, Ariadne auf Naxos (Bayerische Staatsoper), Benvenuto Cellini, Beatrice et Benedict, La Wally (Netherlands Opera) and La Wally (Bregenz Festival).

Peter Mumford , Original Lighting Designer
Amy DeFelice , Assistant Director
Hildegard Bechtler , Set Designer
Richard Moore , Revival Lighting Designer
Ana Jebens , Costume Designer

Ana Jebens

With Tim Albery, Ana Jebens has worked on The Ring Cycle (Scottish Opera 2000-03), War and Peace (English National Opera and Canadian Opera Co.), Madame Butterfly (Opera Zuid and Opera North), The Robbers (set and costumes for Staadtheatre, Essen). Other works includes The Flying Dutchman (Opera Zuid, directed by Mike Ashman), Manon (set and costumes for RSAMD, directed by Will Kerley), Etta Jenks (set for Finborough Theatre, directed by Che Walker), Threepenny Opera (ENO Bayliss Programme, UFA Studios Berlin and First Framework) and The Changing Room (Royal Court). She has also worked on Killing Time (TV opera by Mark Turnage, directed by Rob Walker), Burning Embers (a six-part discussion series for C4 Television, led by Tony Benn), Destry Rides Again (Donmar Warehouse), Guys and Dolls (Half Moon), As You Like It and Pal Joey (Staadtheatre, Essen) and Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (Habima Theatre, Isael).

John Fanning , Sharpless

John Fanning

A member of the Order of Canada, John  Fanning is a veteran of eight seasons at the Metropolitan Opera where his roles included the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann with James Levine conducting, Mr. Astley in The Gambler with Valery Gergiev and John Plake in Sly, co-starring with Placido Domingo. He recently debuted at the English National Opera in London as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and looks forward to Germont pere in La traviata for the Calgary Opera. Donald Runnicles was his conductor at the San Francisco Opera in Louise and he appeared as Wotan in the Canadian Opera Company’s Das Rheingold. This performance marked the official inauguration of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and the Ontario native was also heard as Gunther in Die Gotterdamerung. Further credits include Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos and Iago in Otello for L’Opéra de Québec. He has also toured with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy in Mozart’s Requiem.


John Kriter

John Kriter recently appeared with Edmonton Opera as the Second Jew in Salome, as well as Goro in 2004. Highlights with Canadian Opera Company include Spoletta (Tosca), Borsa (Rigoletto), Hotel Porter (Death in Venice), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor), Emperor Altoum (Turandot), Bardolfo (Falstaff), Reverend Horace Adams (Peter Grimes), Red Whiskers (Billy Budd), Nick (La fanciulla del West), Ringmaster (The Bartered Bride), Tanzmeister (Ariadne auf Naxos), Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi) and Don Basilio/Don Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro). Other credits include Don Basilio/Don Curzio (Calgary Opera), Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus (Opera Hamilton) and Mr. Snarlygob in The Midnight Court (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre - Toronto and Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden).

Chad Louwerse , Zio Bonzo

Chad Louwerse

Chad Louwerse debuted in Europe as Bernadino in Benvenuto Cellini (Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg). In Canada, he has been heard from Quebec to British Columbia, performing with Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Philharmonic, the Lanaudiere Festival, Opera NUOVA, the Opera Project, the Masterworks Festival, the Vancouver Opera Touring Ensemble and previously with the Edmonton Opera. He is a winner of both the CBC Westcoast Performance Pacific Spotlight competition and the Début competition and has given recitals broadcast on CBC Radio Two. He was named to the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in 2005 and received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold award.

Clarence Frazer , Prince Yamadori and the Imperial Commissioner

Clarence Frazer

Baritone Clarence Frazer is a member of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, after completing his musical studies at the University of Western Ontario in 2010 and finishing his second year with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Program in May 2013. Recent roles include Guglielmo in Così fan tutte (Canadian Opera Company 2014), Uberto in La Serva Padrona (COC 2013), Il Sergente and Schaunard cover in La Bohème (COC 2013), Publio in La clemenza di Tito (COSI 2013), Il Conte in Il segreto di Susanna (Calgary Opera 2013), Ramiro in L'Heure Espagnole (Calgary Opera 2013), Il Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata (Calgary Opera 2013), Escamillo in Carmen (Highlands Opera Studio 2012), Alcindoro in La Bohème (Calgary Opera 2012), Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni (COSI 2011), Masetto in Don Giovanni (COSI 2010) and Dandini in La Cenerentola (Opera NUOVA 2010). In addition to his opera and concert work he won the inaugural Lois Marshall Voice Competition and was a finalist in both the Palm Beach Opera’s International Voice Competition and Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Studio Competition.

Catherine Daniel , Kate Pinkerton

Catherine Daniel

Catherine Daniel of Edmonton studied voice with coluratura soprano Tracy Dahl of  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. She returned home from Amsterdam in 2011. Career highlights include roles as Carmen in Tilburg, Dido/Sorceress in a European tour, playing Mercedes in Manitoba Opera’s Carmen, and collaborations with Elroy Friesen at the University of Manitoba. Upcoming projects include the role of Maria with Montreal Opera and Kate Pinkerton with Edmonton Opera. Catherine recently released her first album entitled Songs Dear to my Heart. This project is a collection of hymns and spirituals

Anne Sophie Duprels , Cio-Cio-San

Anne Sophie Duprels

Anne Sophie Duprels was born and studied in Paris, France. Recent and future engagements include Madama Butterfly (Scottish Opera, Opera Holland Park and Opera North)‚ Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande and Manon (Buenos Aires)‚ Thaïs (São Carlos‚ Portugal), Rusalka and Lisa in Pique Dame (Grange Park Opera) and Hilda in Sigurd (Geneva Opera). Further appearances include Jenufa (Opera New Zealand)‚ Strauss' Four Last Songs (Bastille, Paris)‚ Theresa in Benvenuto Cellini (Strasbourg)‚ Salud in La Vida Breve (Athens)‚ Fiordiligi (Glimmerglass and Strasbourg)‚ Thérèse in Les Mamelles de Tiresias (La Scala in Cosenza)‚ Rita (Paris) and Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto (Lyon). She made her U.K. debut as Violetta (Opera Holland Park) where she returned to sing Magda in La Rondine‚ Mélisande, Lucia di Lammermoor‚ Luisa Miller‚ Katya Kabanova and Jenufa. Further U.K. appearances include Violetta‚ Micaëla and Mimì (Opera North)‚ Mimì (Scottish Opera and Royal Albert Hall)‚ Thaïs (Grange Park)‚ Manon (Scottish Opera)‚ Malinka‚ Etherea and Kunka The Excursions of Mr Broucek (Opera North and Scottish Opera).

Luciano Ganci , Pinkerton

Luciano Ganci

Recently, Luciano Ganci sang in Mozart’s Trilogy of Love at the Teatro Argentina of Rome, debuted at the international festival Severino Gazzelloni in the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Le nozze di Figaro, and debuted in Rome in Gianni Schicchi. He has performed in La Traviata (Palermo, Haifa, Salisburgo and Salerno), La bohème (Prague and Zlìn), as Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly (Teatro Politeama), and as Oronte in I Lombardi all prima Crociata. He also debuted the role of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana in New Delhi. His debut as Manrico in Il trovatore (Ravenna Festival) was a great success, as well as Corrado in Il Corsaro for the opening night of Teatro Verdi in Trieste. Future engagements include Il Corsaro in Budapest, Nabucco at NCPA in Beijing, and Madama Butterfly in Athens and in Canada.


Margaret Thompson

Mezzo-soprano Margaret Thompson is lauded for her distinguished career, having graced the renowned stages of Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center and the historic Gewandhaus in Leipzig, among many others. Debuting at the Metropolitan Opera as Mercedes in Carmen, Margaret has since been a regular performer at the celebrated theater. This season, she makes her debuts at both New Orleans Opera and Nashville Opera singing Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera for their productions of La Rondine and Parsifal. Recent performances have included Suzuki in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera, Madame Larina in Eugene Onegin at Los Angeles Opera, Madama Butterfly and The Makropolous Case at the Metropolitan Opera, Zeresh in Esther with New York City Opera, Flora in La traviata with Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, and Anna in Die Bürgschaft with the Spoleto Festival USA.