Canadian singer, Krista de Silva, began her musical career as a Masters Graduate of the Schulich School of Music (McGill). She has preformed with l’Opéra de Montréal in the title role of Carmen, Calgary Opera (Ballad of Baby Doe, What Brought Us Here), Edmonton Opera (La Traviata), Regina Symphony Orchestra (Candide). Krista premiered the role of Sadia, in the opera version of Luc Plamondon’s Starmania with l'Opéra de Québec (most recently in 2016) and l’Opéra de Montréal. Other roles include, Concepcion (l’Heure Espagnole), Idamante (Idomeneo), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Carmen (La Tragédie de Carmen) and Mignon (Mignon).
Old Lady // Beste Kalendar
A frequent performer on concert and opera stages internationally, award winning mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender was featured as The New Artist of The Month by the Musical America Worldwide after her recital debut at Carnegie Hall in 2017. Beste has recently performed at Helikon Opera (Russia), Bolshoi Theatre (Belarus), Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Italy), Sori Festival (Jeonju, Korea) and Les Chorégies D’Orange (France), as well as in various productions in Canada. She made her professional debut in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen with Calgary Opera and American role debut with Cenerentola at Music Academy of The West. Among her accolades, Beste has been named Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques in Canada and has been representing Canada abroad (2013-2019). She also won the 2016 Sylva-Gelber Foundation Award and the Inaugural Stuart Hamilton Memorial Award in 2018. www.bestekalender.com
Maximillian // Ron Long
Ron is happy to be performing with Edmonton Opera once again! He was last seen in the Merry Widow as Raoul St. Brioche. Other credits with Edmonton Opera include the Slave in Salomé, the Messenger in Aida and the Notary in Don Pasquale. You may have also seen Ron performing at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and in other local theatre. These shows include Handel: The Musical, Silvio in I Pagliacci with Pop Goes The Opera and many Il Duo shows over the years. Ron is a local voice teacher of classical and musical theatre styles of singing at MacEwan’s Conservatory of Music and a regular adjudicator at various music festivals throughout Alberta.
Baron & Others // Jesse Gervais
Jesse has been an active member of the Edmonton theatre community since graduating from The University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (acting) in 2001 and has performed for many theatre companies across Canada including: The Citadel Theatre, Theatre Network, Northern Light Theatre, The Free Will Shakespeare Company, Workshop West Theatre, Firefly Theatre, Teatro La Quindicina, Shadow Theatre, High Performance Rodeo, Theatre Calgary, The Fluid Festival, Concrete Theatre, Globe Theatre, and The National Arts Centre. Jesse has co- created and produced 4 full length dance\theatre productions that have toured across Canada, the US, Japan and Hong Kong. He has been a multiple nominee and the recipient of 3 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Independent Production.
Sheep // Kristi Hansen
Acting credits include The Invisible: Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (Catalyst Theatre); The Silver Arrow, A Christmas Carol, and Alice Through the Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre); The Bad Seed, The Jazz Mother, Pith!, The Scent of Compulsion, and The Ambassador’s Wives (Teatro la Quindicina); The Hollow (Vertigo Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds, 10 out of 12, and Passion Play (Wild Side Productions); Irma Voth (Theatre Network); Christina/Philippe (Northern Light Theatre); The Sound of Music (National Arts Centre); Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Freewill Players); The Snow Queen and Apocalypse Prairie (Azimuth Theatre); The Supine Cobbler, Monstrosities, Age of Arousal, Hroses: An Affront to Reason, Folie à Deux, and Hunger Striking (The Maggie Tree). Kristi is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of The Maggie Tree and the Co-Artistic Producer of Azimuth Theatre.
Man & Others // Luc Tellier
Luc previously appeared at Edmonton Opera in the chorus of The Barber Of Seville. Selected credits elsewhere: The Candidate/The Party, Shakespeare In Love, A Christmas Carol, Arcadia (Citadel); Shakespeare's R+J (Kill Your Television); King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Freewill Shakespeare); A Momentary Lapse, The Hothouse Prince (Teatro la Quindicina), and Maggie-Now (Workshop West). He also teaches at YouthRiot YEG, Theatre Alberta's Artstrek, and right here at the Jube School. Luc received Sterling Award nominations for directing Legoland and Never Swim Alone (Blarney Productions), and won for his performance in Songs My Mother Never Sung Me (Concrete Theatre).
Conductor // Peter Dala
Director // Joel Ivany
Stage Director Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of the innovative Against the Grain Theatre, and is the Artistic Director of Opera at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. His recent directing credits include new productions of Hänsel und Gretel (Canadian Opera Company), the multiple Dora Award winning productions of Kopernikus, and Orphée⁺, and staging an Anniversary Gala at LA Opera. Other credits include productions of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera, Minnesota Opera), Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera, COC), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival, Australia) and revival director for Le nozze di Figaro (Norwegian National Opera).
Scenery & Costume Designer // Camellia Koo
Lighting Designer // Noah Feaver
Choreographer // Laura Krewski
Laura has choreographedoriginal productions of The Invisible, Vigilante, Frankenstein, Hunchback and Nevermore for Catalyst Theatre. Other credits: Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Spamalot, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Chicago. She has worked with The Citadel Theatre, The National Arts Centre, Belfry Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Opera, Arts Club, Persephone Theatre,and Manitoba Theatre for Young People. As an independent artist, Laura created FreeFall, Jazz Playground and most recently The YellowWallpaper for the Chinook Series. Laura has received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, five Sterling Awards, a Betty Mitchell and a Lucille Lortel nomination for her work on the Off-Broadway run of Nevermore.