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 Edmonton Opera after recent productions of HMS Pinafore, Cinderella and Turandot. Other productions for Edmonton Opera include The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Tosca, Pirates of Penzance, and Daughter of the Regiment. 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.
Scenery Designer Camellia Koo
For Edmonton Opera, Camellia has designed the sets for Carmen and HMS Pinafore 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, and the Shaw Festival. She has received six Dora Awards, a Sterling Award, a Chalmers Award Grant, and a Siminovitch Protégé Prize. Upcoming plans include The Orchard, Baroness and the Pig, and Henry V at the Shaw Festival.
Costume Designer Deanna Finnman
Deanna’s 18-year association with Edmonton Opera as head of the wardrobe department and resident costume designer has included costume design credits for Elektra, 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 HMS Pinafore.
Lighting & Projection Designer Barry Steele
For two decades Barry Steele has created video and lighting designs for opera, dance, and music productions worldwide. Notable engagements include San Francisco Opera Center, Lucinda Childs Dance Company, Nantes Opera, and Carnegie Hall. New operas such as Vincent, Florencia en el Amazonas, and The Fall of the House of Usher complement his considerable list of standard opera repertory from designing many productions as Resident Lighting Designer for Sarasota Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and New Jersey Opera. Since 1989, Mr. Steele has lit dance in all styles for a diverse range of dance groups including ODC Dance Company and Battery Dance Company.
Hansel Andrea Hill
Mezzo-soprano Andrea Hill's recent and upcoming engagements include Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Calgary Opera), Karolka in Jenufa (Pacific Opera Victoria), Dritte Magde in Elektra (Metropolitan Opera), and Flora in La Traviata (Royal Opera House).
Gretel Lida Szkwarek
Soprano Lida Szkwarek hails from Winnipeg, Manitoba and has established herself on the Canadian opera scene with recent acclaimed performances as Filumena in Filumena (Calgary Opera), Micaëla in Carmen (Edmonton Opera), and Pamina in The Magic Flute (Saskatoon Opera).
The Witch Robert Clark
Known for his powerful voice and commanding stage presence, tenor Robert Clark is quickly making a name for himself in the operatic world. Robert earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Alberta in 2006 and went on to complete a Masters of Music in Literature and Performance at the University of Western Ontario with Theodore Baerg in 2008. While there, Robert received the London Opera Guild Scholarship, the Western Graduate Research Scholarship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and was a finalist in the London Music Scholarship Foundation Competition. After his Masters degree he was invited to spend 2 years in the Calgary Opera Emerging Artists Development Program.
Mother Marion Newman
Kwagiulth and Stó:lo First Nations, English, Irish and Scottish mezzo-soprano Marion Newman "sings with rich, opulent tone, and her delivery pulses with the multiple meanings of her duplicitous existence." (Opera News) and she has been noted as "a show stealer" (BBC Music Magazine). Highlights of Marion's recent seasons include Dr. Wilson in Missing, by Brian Current and Marie Clements, Rosina with Opera Lyra Ottawa at the National Arts Centre, Da Jiin Dora Award-winning Alice Ping-Yee Ho and Marjorie Chan's The Lesson of Da Ji with Toronto Masque Theatre and the lead role of Noodin-Kwe in the world premiere run of Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan.
Sandman/Dew Fairy Aidan Ferguson
An Alumna of Opéra de Montréal’s Atelier Lyrique, Aidan Ferguson appeared at Edmonton Opera as the Overseer in Elektra, Theater Basel as Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffman and in the title role in the Rape of Lucretia. Recent engagements include Messiah (Winnipeg and Edmonton Symphony), Palmeri’s Misa a Buenos A Aires (Lanaudiere Festival) and Weihnachtsoratorium (Victoria Symphony). Further credits include Flora in La Traviata and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro (l’Opera de Montreal), and Carmela in La Vida Breve (Toronto Symphony).
Father Peter McGillivray
Born in Saskatchewan and now based in northern Ontario, baritone Peter McGillivray has been described in the national press as “a gifted comic actor,” with a “rich, flexible and strong voice.” In recent seasons he has been seen on opera and concert stages from coast to coast, specializing in comic roles such as Dr. Bartolo in Barber of Seville, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola, Schaunard in La Bohème, Falke in Die Fledermaus, Stubb in Moby Dick and Orff’s Carmina Burana. He also excels in interpreting more dramatic fare such as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has performed lead roles with the Canadian Opera Company as well as opera companies in Dallas, Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Manitoba, Hamilton, Ottawa and Quebec City. Additionally he spent the 2010-11 season on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera in New York in productions of La Bohème and Strauss’ Capriccio.