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As a Feature Celebration Site for Alberta Culture Days 2018, Edmonton Opera will present three days of free, family-friendly programming at various locations around the city. Discover the diversity of arts and culture in Alberta by attending these exciting events!


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

 
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Opera Centre tours

Friday, September 28
9am to 11am
Edmonton Opera Centre (15230 128 Ave)

Enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of what goes into putting on an opera, from building sets to stitching costumes to rehearsing the music. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Admission is free; free parking available.

 
 
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Painting by Lana Whiskeyjack

 
 

Songs of hope

Friday, September 28
Noon to 2pm
Enterprise Square (10230 Jasper Ave), above Bay/Enterprise Square LRT station

In partnership with UofA Faculty of Extension, we present a showcase of music to bring people together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation on Orange Shirt Day. The event includes:

  • Performances of opera arias, Cree songs, African folk music, and a fiddle group from Prince Charles School starting at noon
  • A post-performance panel discussion about Orange Shirt Day, held annually to raise awareness about the impact of Indian Residential Schools on the Indigenous Peoples of Canada
  • Bannock and tea
  • A pop-up market by Indigenous artisans
  • Beading workshop
  • Crafts table for kids and a photo booth

Admission is free. Sign up for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

 
 
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an evening in paris

Friday, September 28
7pm to 9pm
Edmonton Opera Centre (15230 128 Ave)

Our upcoming production of La Traviata takes place in 1920s Paris, with beautiful sets and costumes to reflect the era. The multi-level set for this opera will be installed in the Opera Centre’s rehearsal hall and guests will be welcome to walk through it. The event includes:

  • A performance of French operatic favourites by soprano Whitney Sloan
  • Wine & cheese reception (wine will be available to purchase)
  • A selection of treats from Duchess Bake Shop
  • Photo booth

Free parking available at the venue.

 
 

 
 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

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Francophone VAriety show

Saturday, September 29
2pm to 3pm
La Cité Francophone theatre (8627 91 St)

In the heart of Edmonton’s French Quarter, audiences will enjoy performances of spoken word poetry, theatre, French opera, and Franco-Albertan music. This event is presented in partnership with L’UniThéâtre, Alberta’s only professional francophone theatre.

Admission is free. Sign up for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

 
 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

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Around the world with edmonton opera

Sunday, September 30
1pm to 2pm
Southgate Centre

Experience some of the performance traditions in Alberta at this fun event, which will include:

  • Opera arias performed in various languages
  • Indian and Bollywood dance by South Asian Arts Movement
  • K-pop dance performances by APRICITY, an Edmonton-based dance crew
  • Crafts table for kids and photo booth

Admission is free.

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Free Screening of Hansel & Gretel

Sunday, September 30
1pm to 3pm
Metro Cinema Garneau

Families can discover the magic of opera at this screening of the 1987 film Hansel & Gretel, based on the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck. Spend your afternoon with a delightfully musical adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale!

Admission is free. Sign up for your free ticket on Eventbrite.