Peter Dala began his conducting career 30 years ago with the Basel Ballet. He conducted for seven years at the Hungarian State Opera and the National Ballet of Hungary. As Edmonton Opera’s chorusmaster from 1996 to 2012 and resident conductor from 2001 to 2012, he prepared the chorus for roughly 40 operas, has played over 50 operas as repetiteur and has conducted over 30 operas. In 2001 he began his affiliation with Alberta Ballet and was named music director in 2005. He has conducted over 40 different productions for them.
Director Robert Herriot
Rob is thrilled to be back with his Edmonton Opera family after last year’s productions of Cinderella and Turandot. Other productions for Edmonton Opera include, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Tosca, Pirates of Penzance. Daughter of the Regiment and HMS Pinafore exactly 10 years ago. He recently directed his first Madama Butterfly for Manitoba Opera and Don Pasquale for the Livermore Valley Opera. Rob has worked across North America directing productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, La Boheme, Carmen, Rigoletto, Barber of Seville, Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Candide and La Traviata. Upcoming productions include Tosca for Calgary Opera and Tartuffe for Edmonton’s own Opera Nuova.
New Arrangements Ed Windels
Since a showcase concert of his works by New Music New York in February 2010, composer Ed Windels has generated much interest in New York City’s new music world as a distinct and vibrant voice in the concert music world. Recent commissions include a song cycle for Bargemusic’s Here And Now series and a piano solo piece for his alma mater. Current projects include his first string quartet, first brass quintet, a large-scale piece for tenor and orchestra based on John Hollander’s Summer Day, and an edition of Richard Strauss’s renowned large-scale opera Elektra for 32 instruments, scheduled for premiere in June 2018 at the Astoria Music Festival in Oregon. A version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, re-arranged and re-orchestrated in a 1920’s jazz idiom, premieres in February 2018 by its commissioner, Edmonton Opera in Alberta, Canada.
Set Design Camellia Koo
For Edmonton Opera, Camellia has designed the sets for Carmen and the sets and costumes for The Tales of Hoffmann and Mary Stuart. Other recent designs include collaborations with Minnesota Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Boston Lyric Opera, Against the Grain, Tapestry New Opera and the Canadian Opera Company. Recent designs for theatre and dance include collaborations with Ballet Jörgen, Cahoots Theatre Projects, Tarragon Theatre, The Second City, the Shaw Festival and Young People’s Theatre. She has received six Dora Awards, a Sterling Award, a Chalmers Award Grant, the 2006 Siminovitch Protégé Prize and third prize (team) at the 2011 European Opera Directing Prize.
Costume Design Deanna Finnman
Deanna’s 15-year association with Edmonton Opera as head of the wardrobe department and resident costume designer has included costume design credits for Cinderella, Carmen, The Magic Flute, Lakmé, Pirates of Penzance and Fidelio. Her designs for Edmonton Opera’s South Pacific,The Emperor of Atlantis and TheMikado have earned Sterling Awards for best costume design. Most recently she designed costumes for Edmonton Opera’s production of Elektra.
Sound Design Robert Smale
Bobby Smale is a theatre professional from Edmonton. Primarily he is a sound designer, but is also known to design lighting, projections, production manage and technical direct for theatre, live events, and festivals. One of his credits includes lighting design for Kill Your Television’s Victor and Victoria’s Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things. Sound design credits include Edmonton Opera’s productions of The Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus and The Mikado, sound and media design for Keyano Theatre’s The Blue Light in Fort McMurray, and lighting and projection design for Next Year’s Man of Steel (Shadow Theatre). Currently he works at MacEwan University as a designer and sessional instructor.
Lighting Design Geoffrey George
Geoff is pleased to be returning to Edmonton Opera. His work has been seen on this stage for Cinderella, Mary Stuart, The Merry Widow,Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, The Mikado, Eugene Onegin and The Barber of Seville. Beginning his career as a lighting technician at the Shaw Festival and working mainly as a lighting designer, Geoff has designed over 200 productions for Carousel Players, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Northern Light Theatre, the Mayfield, Brian Webb Dance, Mile Zero Dance, Kurt Browning, Leave It To Jane Theatre and last, but not least, Grant MacEwan University, where he recently retired as chair of the award-winning theatre program.
Choreographer Jason Hardwick
Jason is thrilled to be setting sail with Edmonton Opera. He was last seen with the opera on stage as Njegus in The Merry Widow. Jason has provided choreography for The Drowsy Chaperone (MacEwan University), What Gives?! (Teatro La Quindicina), A New Brain, Fiorello (Plain Janes), and has also worked for the past 5 years with Leduc Composite High School’s drama program. Upcoming: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Plain Jane) at the Varscona, every Monday evening at Die-Nasty at the Varscona, and at the Mayfield playing Dennis in All Shook Up!
Assistant Director Farren Timoteo
Farren is an Edmonton-based award-winning director, actor and writer. Most recently, he functioned as the Assistant Director on Crazy for You (Citadel Theatre/Theatre Calgary). Other directing credits include Pippin (Citadel Theatre); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Everybody Goes to Mitzi’s, The Infinite Shiver (Teatro la Quindicina); Aladdin, Pinocchio, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty (Alberta Opera Touring Association); and, The Light in the Piazza (Grant MacEwan University). In 2015, Farren was included in Avenue Magazine’s list of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40, celebrating the city’s most promising young leaders.